Philadelphia had their big man rotation set. Coach Doug Collins said Kwame Brown was going to be the starter. (Why? Because he felt his blood pressure was too low.), There were also Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen on the roster to play the five, plus the Sixers just drafted 6’11” power forward Arnett Moultrie.
But when a player like Andrew Bynum becomes available and lets you move the Andre Iguodala contract you have looked to shed in the right deal for a while, you jump on it. Philadelphia did that as part of the Dwight Howard to the Lakers trade, a four-team trade that makes sense for everyone save Orlando (and you can argue they got what they wanted, I just think they might have gotten better offers).
The good news is Brown is no longer the starter. But Philly has more bigs than it needs, something most teams would kill for. As Sam Amico speculates at Fox Sports Ohio (as have others around the league), it’s logical to think they could move one of those bigs in a trade down the line. Not Bynum… well, unless he says he will not re-sign with them. But we’re a long way from that. Rather Brown, Allen and Hawes potentially could be moved.
As Hawes, Brown and Allen were all signed this summer to new deals, they cannot be moved until mid-December, so look for this to be more of a deadline deal. There are no talks now, but just saying watch this because it makes sense.
In the short term, watch Collins try to go big in an Eastern Conference where the powers of Miami and Boston are doing the opposite. Collins will likely start Bynum at the five and Hawes at the four, which is an experiment because Hawes has never played that position. But if it works it makes the Sixers a matchup problem for everyone (save maybe the Lakers).
That could work, at least until the Sixers make a move.
The #DriveByDunkChallenge has been a fun distraction this summer. If you don’t know what it is, it essentially involves NBA players jumping out of their cars to dunk on regular folks on community basketball hoops.
Players like Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown have led the charge in the social media video fad, and now it appears that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is setting a new trend.
That trend? Doing the #DriveByDunkChallenge from dang boat.
I can’t think of anything more baller than dunking on somebody from a speed boat, so congrats to Harden for winning the NBA offseason.
I suppose it will take some time to get used to seeing Gordon Hayward in a Boston Celtics jersey. This photo is the first step on that journey.
In a photo posted to Hayward’s Instagram on Wednesday, many of us got our first look at the former Utah Jazz forward in his new digs.
Specifically, the new Celtics Nike jersey in green with the GE patch on the left shoulder.
There are still some serious doubts about whether the Celtics will be able to unseat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, but perhaps they won’t need to wait for long. Rumors are starting to trickle in about LeBron James leaving Ohio, so maybe by the time we are used to seeing Hayward in Celtics green next season they will have less competition out east.
It appears as though Houston billionaire Dan Friedkin will have some competition if he decides to bid for the Rockets. Namely, former NBA big man Dikembe Mutombo.
Mutombo played in the NBA from 1991-2009, ending his career with five seasons in Houston. The franchise apparently made an impact on the Hall of Fame center, as he is apparently looking to buy the franchise per an interview with USA Today.
Speaking with Adi Joseph over at FTW, Mutombo would not give out names of his partners but said that he will be able to make a bid in the coming weeks.
“I’m putting together a group to buy the Houston Rockets, and we’re getting close,” he said. “Getting close in the next couple weeks, maybe I’ll have a chance. Lot of people, lot of people and good people with a lot of money.”
With Leslie Alexander’s decision to sell the team, it certainly would be interesting to get another NBA player as part of team ownership in this league.
The NBA’s top-10 highlight packages have been pretty enjoyable. This one is oddly specific – but still dizzyingly fun.