So, it looks like the Sixers have decided to trade off their only star for a big man with a torn ACL. It sounds bad, but it’s not so bad.
At first, I was so mad that Jrue was gone. After thinking about it some, I am still upset but I can see what the Sixers did. I’m not going to go deep into what the trade means until later (and somebody else from the staff might handle that anyway. No, I’ll just go briefly on what it means.
The Sixers essentially have blown the team up and are on tank mode. Wether you support tanking or not matters not anymore because it’s happening. The Sixers got their man Nerlens Noel, who tore his ACL and is not expected on the court until December. If you stop there, this trade was pretty bad. But, when you also consider that the Sixers secured two potential lottery picks for next season and two more after that, then you realize that, for the first time is a long time, the Sixers are trying to get out of mediocrity. No more quick fixes.
The team is going to be bad next year. Thad Young is probably going to be the best player since I think they let Bynum walk. The guy they got at 11, Michael Carter-Williams, is going to need time. What about the coach? Will they fit into the system?
If you are tied of mediocrity, then you are feeling pretty good. Again, Jrue is gone and I know I’m not the only one that is going to miss him. He blossomed into a star right in front of our eyes. Remmeber his rookie year? That dreaded 09-10 season. Even in that storm, it was clear Jrue was special. He had turnover problems like crazy in the 11-12 season but we stood by our man.
For me, that’s the only negative about the trade. New GM Sam Hinkie has done this before with success so we have to hope he can pull it off again. Because if it works, then this team will be a top team for more than just a couple of years. Am I saying something like what the Spurs did (they got their dynasty from the draft) or what the Thunder are trying to do (their top guys are drafted by them too)? No, I’m not saying that, but it would be nice.
So what do you think of the trade and selection? There’s some reports that Turner could be next and could be using him and their 35th pick to get back into the first round.
See you around Jrue and thanks for being the only bright spot from a hellish season last season.