We’ve been waiting all season for the trade deadline, and Sixers GM Sam Hinkie did NOT disappoint.
The day started out with Spencer Hawes being sent to the Cavaliers. In return for the big man, the Sixers received F Earl Clark, C Henry Sims and two 2014 second-round picks. For an expiring contract in Hawes, this is a decent return for the Sixers. Clark and Sims are both bench players that will most likely not be back in the 2014-2015 season. The second-rounders may not seem all that great, but they can handy if utilized properly. In this deep draft, talent will still be on the board in the second round. The Sixers could even use them to move around in the draft or package their assets together in another trade (because, you know…Sam Hinkie). Overall, we got something out of a player who would not have been back next season, and it wasn’t the last time that the team would pull that off. More on that later.
Next, the Sixers would be the third team in a three-team deal that sent Andre Miller to Washington, Jan Vesely to Denver, and Eric Maynor, a 2015 second-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick to Philadelphia. As CSN Philly’s John Gonzalez notes, the two picks acquired by the Sixers could help pay for the picks owed from the Arnett Moultrie trade. If the Sixers miss the playoffs in 2015, they will owe a second round pick to the Boston (via Miami) in both 2015 and 2016. Another solid move considering the team only gave up cap flexibility. Maynor has a player option after the season.
Next, Hinkie traded for 7-footer Byron Mullens of the Los Angeles Clippers, as well as a future second round pick. The Sixers owe a conditional second rounder. Mullens also has a player option after this season.
Finally, the Sixers shipped Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to Indiana for F Danny Granger and a future second-round pick. Granger solves the Sixers “problem” of hitting the salary cap floor which could result in a minor consequence from the league. His contract expires after the season, so there are no long term implications of the the deal. Considering Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen were both goners after the 2013-2014 season, this is another successful trade.
So let’s recap here:
Earl Clark, Henry Sims, Eric Maynor, Byron Mullens and Danny Granger are coming.
Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen are leaving.
The Sixers TWO 2014 first-round picks.
They also have FIVE 2014 second-round picks.
For you math majors out there, that makes SEVEN draft picks in 2014.
Sam Hinkie, ladies and gentlemen.