By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – “Oh, you guys are still here?” That must be what goes through Brett Brown’s mind every time he opens up the door to Sixers practice and sees Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young.
Brown admitted about as much, when he said before Monday’s loss to the Nets that he was surprised that his starting lineup has not been affected by a trade so far this season.
With about two weeks until the NBA trade deadline, Brown better not get used to it. We hope.
Until then, we have made up trades! Thanks to Mr Trade Machine, Ethan Giles (follow on Twitter @Giles1228), who is the architect for this one.
Emeka Okafor ($14.5 Million, One Year)
Channing Frye ($6.4 Million, Two Years)
Archie Goodwin ($1.1 Million, Four Years)
Wizards 2014 First Round Pick via Phoenix
Danny Granger ($14 Million, One Year)
Thaddeus Young ($8.9 Million, Three Years)
Spencer Hawes ($6.5 Million, One Year)
Lavoy Allen ($3.1 Million, One Year)
Why The Sixers Do It: The Sixers get a big old expiring contract, in Okafor, a first round pick, they replace perhaps the best three-point shooting center in the NBA with the other guy in that conversation, and Archie Goodwin. If the Sixers were offered this deal and didn’t take it, I’d give Sam Hinkie a drug test.
Why The Suns Do It: The Suns tried to tank, and it didn’t work. They’re actually a good team. When Eric Bledsoe went down with a knee injury, everyone figured their hopes of making the playoffs would go down as well. That didn’t happen, as they’re 8-2 in their last ten games, and have won five in a row. In Young, they’re adding a guy who would fit right in with the effort, defense, and surprisingly good three point shooting, and Granger to help out with the position they’re weakest at, small forward.
Why The Pacers Do It: I don’t know. They’re crazy. Nothing to see here. Move along.