|The first three years of Jrue Holiday's career have been equal parts tease, promise and growth. Unbiased observers could say he's been a disappointment, an overachiever or a burgeoning star without being totally off base. Year four, however, is when the ambiguity needs to end.|
|With a couple of new contracts for leftover players, the departure of most of last season's roster, and the new additions headlined by Andrew Bynum, it's time to take a look at the Sixers' salary cap situation for this season, and going forward.|
|According to more reports than you can shake a stick at, the Philadelphia 76ers will acquire Andrew Bynum (pictured above destroying the Sixers) in a four-team trade. Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic are the players reportedly on the move, and Jason Richardson will join Bynum in Philadelphia.|
|Adrian Wojnarowski has the scoop on a potential trade in which the Sixers would help facilitate a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Lakers. It's a four-team trade (which makes is highly unlikely), but the Sixers part would be sending Iguodala to Denver and getting Bynum from the Lakers. Sign me up.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersSigh...it's nice that people can kick iguodala even when he's gone...
|Back in June, with disconcerting rumors about the Sixers ownership/front office swirling, I chose to bide my time. Who's in charge, who's make decisions, those are typically secondary concerns. Possibly, they aren't concerns at all. Who makes a decision carries no meaning without the decisions themselves present to be evaluated. Well, now we have a handful of decisions, and possibly the outline of a plan...or a direction...or maybe two plans and two directions. Let's take stock.|
|As he has been known to do from time to time, 76ers Co-Owner and CEO Adam Aron took to his Twitter Feed on Sunday to answer questions about the 76ers. As I checked out his page in-depth that night, I found out a few interesting things: Philadelphia finally cares about basketball, and the current executives were responsible for the great success last season (well, even though being a mediocre team is hardly something to brag about, and last year's team was built before he came, but besides that he's spot on). Most importantly, I learned the Eagles are currently in Training Camp. Who knew? I NEED to get up to Lehigh at some point this week.|
|If my reading of the tea leaves is incorrect (and it probably is), and the more optimistic members of the fan base are correct, the Sixers have a plan. They're laying the groundwork for a slow rebuild, or a delayed rebuild. They're clearing their books for two years from now. I say if that's the plan, then do it right.|
Latest comment: from Charlie HAaron Sorkin? That quote was by Everett Dirksen, 50 years ago, maybe 60....
|In another move no one saw coming, the Sixers have traded for another small forward. This time, though, it's a move that makes a lot of sense in terms of making the team better. Dorell Wright will join the Sixers. The cost? I believe it's some guy you've never heard of.|
|Josh Harris didn't push his net worth north of $1B by taking over a poorly run company and then leaving said company's management team in place to continue making the same mistakes, over and over again. Unfortunately...no, tragically, that's exactly what he's done with the Philadelphia 76ers.|
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|While the Sixers front office pats itself on the back for drafting Moe Harkless and Arnett Moultrie, two guys projected to go in the top 20, in reality they've added similar pieces to a roster in desperate need of skills these guys do not possess.|
|Since Josh Harris and Co. took over control of the Sixers, they haven't done a thing to put their thumbprint on the roster. Mo Speights was shipped out, that's pretty much it. Tonight, we're going to get our first glimpse into where this team is headed. Will they trade up? Will they look to improve upon their second-round exit this past season? Will they take a step back in the hopes of taking several steps forward in the coming years? Or will they simply bring back Spencer Hawes, Lou Williams and Elton Brand, perhaps even trade away their first round pick in tonight's draft to add a veteran to the mix? Your guess is as good as mine, I'm just relieved to get our first glimpse into the future of the franchise. Live chat/blog throughout the night to follow.|
|Let's use this thread to keep track of any last-minute rumors and/or trades. State your preference in the comments. We're going to have a live chat during the draft, as usual. Set a reminder after the jump.|
|On Draft Eve the Sixers lame-duck, emasculated general manager seems content with the number 15 pick, and perfectly happy to take a passive approach to the draft, so I'll do the same.|
|With the franchise's future seemingly hanging in the balance, the Sixers lumber toward next week's draft with basically only the #15 pick in tow, and a bunch of unanswered questions. Let's lay them out and get everyone's prediction.|