Sometimes, not making any moves ends up being the smart decision.
They are second in points allowed (86.8) and have one of the deepest teams in the league. So why make a trade?
When Philly.com writer Bob Cooney asked GM Billy Thorn about where he stands with the team, his answer was pretty direct:
As you have heard me say a lot, I don't ever feel a pressing need to do something, because I feel we have a good team. Plus, you can only do something if you can do something.There is a lot of conjecture of, why don't you get this guy, why don't you get that guy. But you might not be able to get a guy unless you get rid of most of your team. You work the phones, talk to people and try to identify exactly what you would like to have and see how it works out.
The 76ers are feasting on tired opponents that don’t go 10 players deep like the 76ers. Sure, there isn’t a surefire closer capable of taking and making the last shot with the game on the line, but it’s not like those sort of players grow on trees. And none of them are currently on the trade market.
This is a young team. Point guard Jrue Holiday is only 21 and is improving by the game. Nikola Vucevic is 21, Evan Turner is 23, Jodie Meeks is 24 and Lou Williams is 25. All of those guys are potential All-Stars down the road. At the very worst, they all have a five- to 10-year career in front of them.
This is a team that got a taste of the playoffs last year but is still a work in progress. Disrupting the team chemistry now is not in their best interest. Better days are ahead, and I think winning one playoff series would make this season a complete success for Philly.
Is it a championship? No. But everything around the 76ers franchise is trending upwards right now, and losing a large chunk of the young talent for a veteran that can help right away is not the smart plan of action in the long term.
Patience is a virtue for the 76ers. Maybe they should give the Eagles some advice.