PHILADELPHIA -- There will be a lot of hand-shaking going on among the 76ers as they prepare for Friday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks.
It won't be the congratulatory type, like after a big win. Instead, these players will be busy with introductions.
General manager Sam Hinkie had one of the busiest days in trade-day history Thursday, pulling the trigger on three deals that sent out Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen and a draft pick, brought in five players and secured five second-round draft picks over the next couple of years. As it stands now, June's draft will have the Sixers making their selection, probably top three, that of the New Orleans Pelicans (around No. 11) and five -- yes, five -- selections in the second round.
You want rebuild, you got rebuild.
Here's the breakdown: The Sixers have sent Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Indiana Pacers for Danny Granger. Both teams announced the deal Thursday night.
They also sent Hawes, their starting center, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for center Earl Clark and forward Henry Sims, but have no financial obligation to them next season. They also corralled two second-round picks for next year's draft -- Cleveland's own and the other via Memphis.
Hawes tweeted his appreciation to the Sixers and said he looks forward to playing in Cleveland.
"Thanks so much to the @sixers, and the fans of Philadelphia for the opportunity to play in such a great city. It was a wonderful 4 years," he tweeted.
"Time for the next stage of my career, and I can't wait to get started in Cleveland."
Clark, a 6-10 forward from Louisville taken 14th overall in 2009, and Sims, an undrafted 6-10 center out of Georgetown, probably will get decent looks from the Sixers for the rest of this season to see whether they somehow fit into the future plans, but neither is expected to provide much.
A couple of minor trades also were made, as the team inherited guard Eric Maynor from Washington in a three-team deal that also landed them a second-round pick in 2015 (from Washington) and a second-round pick in 2016 (Denver). Maynor has a player option of $1.2 million next season. The Sixers then made a move with the Los Angeles Clippers, getting forward/center Byron Mullens and a 2018 second-round pick in exchange for a protected second-round pick this year. The 6-10 Mullens possesses a pretty good outside shot and did average 10.6 points with the lowly Charlotte Bobcats last season, but didn't provide much for the Clippers this season. He also has a player option for next season, for $1.1 million.
Those deals came early. Then came the hammer. About a half-hour after the 3 p.m. deadline, various media outlets reported that the Sixers dealt their former No. 2 overall pick in Turner and Temple product Allen for Granger, a one-time league star who is now often injured, and a second-round pick in June's draft. Both Turner and Allen can be unrestricted free agents after this season. Granger is making a little more than $14 million this season, but that is an expiring contract, so the Sixers also have no obligation.
Turner never fulfilled the lofty expectations expected of him when taken in 2010 out of Ohio State, where he was the consensus college player of the year. He struggled with playing time early in his career, finally becoming a starter midway through his second season. This season, he is averaging a career-best 17.4 points, but consistency again has plagued his game.
Five players in, three out, and five second-round draft picks to add to the mix, a busy day indeed for Hinkie in his first trade-deadline day as a general manager.
Hinkie was not available for comment. He will hold a news conference Friday at noon to talk about the moves.
"I have a lot of time for Spencer," coach Brett Brown said. "I think he's a good person, he's more than a capable player, he's 25 years old at 7-1. Spencer's been good.
"Sam's working his tail off trying to do what we told the marketplace and the owners what we would do. And that's to build a program that is solid. To build a program that has a chance to compete for things that we're all here to compete for. That process takes so much time and patience and precise decisions. I said when I got the job that I'm backing Sam, and I trust his judgment, and he's doing his job."
The job Hinkie has done has included trading Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel and the Pelicans' first pick in the upcoming draft (provided it is not within the top five), and drafting Michael Carter-Williams. Now come Thursday's moves.
The Sixers also will have a ton of salary-cap space moving forward to play in free agency, and a ton of picks to use in potential trades.
"Anyone in the league will tell you the three ways to build a team is through trade, draft and free agency," said an NBA executive. "They have all that, but there are some problems. There appeared to be a lot of sideway moves. Second-round picks don't really mean much in this league. They can be throw-ins in trades, but don't put teams over the top, generally.
"The two top-12 picks, potentially, for this draft is great. The issue is, you have to be patient with rookie players. It took Kobe (Bryant) and (Kevin) Durant a few years to get going in this league, and there are none of those type players in the draft. And with free agency, because of how things are there now, it's not a very enticing place. The fear is overpaying if you don't get one of the big, key players. Sam Hinkie was dealt a very tough hand. I think the (Andrew Bynum) trade was a big blow to their organization. (Hinkie's) been active, working hard. Now everything has to go their way."
The work toward that end continued in earnest Thursday.
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