|DiLeo sits put at the deadline|
Tony DiLeo, the Sixers GM, did not pull the trigger on any big deals this trade deadline. There was a rumored deal that the Atlanta Hawks offered DiLeo in which the Sixers would have acquired veteran forward Josh Smith. One of the most athletic and versatile players in the league, Smith has been the face of the Hawks for years. Now that his contract is set to expire at the end of the season, Smith will be a free agent and is not expected to re-sign with Atlanta. The Sixers would have given up a package including former 2nd overall pick Evan Turner and big man Spencer Hawes. DiLeo clearly thought this was too much for a player not guaranteed to re-sign. This would have been a big trade for the Sixers because they have Andrew Bynum's return right around the corner and Jrue Holiday playing at a high level; the addition of Smith would have put this team over-the-top. And in the summer if they could have re-signed both Bynum and Smith, they would have a 'big three' with Holiday, Bynum, and Smith. The deal did not go through and now the Sixers are waiting for the return of star big man Andrew Bynum.
Bynum has not played a game all season for the 76ers but is almost ready to make his season debut. Luckily for the Sixers, Jrue Holiday came to play this season and he came to play at a high level. If Bynum can come back within the next two weeks and if he can play at the all-star level we all know he can play at, the Sixers should be making their way up the standings. This was the reason Tony DiLeo did not pull the trigger on any big moves this season.
Although the Sixers did not pull off a big trade, they did however a guard to back up Jrue Holiday down the stretch by trading for Charles Jenkins from the Golden State Warriors for second round pick. Jenkins is a young, strong point guard that does not make mistakes. Very low risk deal for DiLeo and the 76ers that they thought could help coach Doug Collins down the stretch. Look for a good second half of the season by the Sixers.