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NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Moves Philadelphia 76ers Should Make

Avi Wolfman-ArentCorrespondent IIJanuary 25, 2012

NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Moves Philadelphia 76ers Should Make

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    Don't worry, Sixers fans. I'm not here to propose a big-wheel trade that might upset whatever cosmic team chemistry the Sixers discovered this year.

    But just because things are going well doesn't mean we can't tinker around the edges.

    The 76ers could use depth in the frontcourt and/or a solid backup point guard.

    It's the little things we're after in the following slides. Nothing big, just a couple of helping hands.

Round 1 Pick, Nocioni and Trade Exception for Anderson Varejao

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    Michael Levin at Liberty Ballers first proposed this trade, and it looks promising, if a bit risky.

    At his best, Anderson Varejao is a defense-first rebounding machine who can stand in for Spencer Hawes when Hawes needs rest and complement him when both are active.

    Varejao and the four years remaining on his contract aren't worth much to a rebuilding Cavaliers team, and they'd gladly take the pick along with Marreese Speights' trade exception.

    The Sixers make this trade if they feel the hot start is no fluke.

    But buyer beware—it sinks Philadelphia into another longer-term deal.

Andres Nocioni and Jodie Meeks for Ramon Sessions

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    Cleveland, we meet again.

    Jodie Meeks is a good shooter when he's going right, but he isn't indispensable to the Sixers offense.

    With Evan Turner ready to take his minutes, Philadelphia's greater need is at backup point guard.

    Ramon Sessions gives the Sixers a capable backup to Jrue Holiday and takes the onus off Lou Williams to run the point when the youngster needs a blow.

    Cleveland gets a scorer in return who can help them space the floor for future all-everything Kyrie Irving.

Round 2 Pick, Trade Exception, Lavoy Allen for Jason Thompson

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    Philadelphia would prefer to let Temple product Lavoy Allen develop, but injuries to Spencer Hawes and Nik Vucecic rob them of that luxury.

    If Doug Collins' reticence is any indication, Allen isn't ready for regular run.

    Jason Thompson can effectively replace Tony Battie on the roster and play rotation minutes when one of the top two bigs are ailing.

    His eFG% is at an all-time high this year, and he boasts a career 10.6 percent offensive rebounding percentage.

    That isn't tremendous production, but it's a marked improvement from Spencer Hawes' work on the offensive glass.

    In return, the Kings get a trade exception, a pick and a young player worth a look.

Jodie Meeks for Ian Mahinmi

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    I admit my value appraisal might be off here.

    Ian Mahinmi is, after all, averaging 20 minutes a game for the defending champs and playing the best ball of his young career.

    His PER, true shooting percentage and effective field-goal percentage are all up from a year ago, even with the increased workload.

    But the Mavericks also want to win now, and they have big-time holes on offense. The team is 22nd in offensive rating and 24th in three-point percentage despite ranking third in number of attempts.

    Jodie Meeks gives them a gunner off the bench, and Mahinmi improves Philadelphia's frontcourt depth in a big way.

Trade Exception for Ben Wallace

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    Another one from the Liberty Baller vaults that makes sense, Ben Wallace's value to the Sixers is best captured by the picture above—he rebounds.

    At this point in his career, Wallace can't do much else, but the Sixers need warm-ish bodies in the post, and the long-time Piston fits the bill.

    More important, Wallace's contract has only has a year left, and Philadelphia wouldn't surrender much to get him.

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