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Andre Iguodala and Dwight Howard would be a defensive nightmare for opposing teams
The trade: Philadelphia sends Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Craig Brackins and unprotected first round picks in 2013 and 2015 to Orlando for Howard, Turkoglu and J.J Redick.
Why Orlando makes the trade: Similar to the Denver deal, there isn't a blue chipper in this package. Quantity is what makes this package attractive. As the Nuggets proved last year, depth can take you pretty far.
Before Linsanity took the league by storm, Spencer Hawes was a favorite for most improved player. Evan Turner is a former No. 2 overall pick who still has loads of potential and Thaddeus Young is one of the league's most versatile players locked into a very favorable deal for five years.
There's also the cap element to this. Though Elton Brand isn't an expiring deal, he's only signed on for another season after this one. That makes his 18 million dollar contract a valuable trade asset next year. They can move him for a decent player with a big contract or let his deal expire and collect the cap savings.
By doing this they get to dump Turkoglu and Redick's contracts which really have no value to a rebuilding team. Combine that with Young's team-friendly contract and this trade really helps Orlando's salary cap situation.
Why Philadelphia makes the trade: The Sixers have been one of the league's biggest surprises this year, but like Boston and Atlanta, they have virtually no chance of beating Miami or Chicago. Superman changes that.
Doug Collins is one of the league's best defensive coaches. Andre Iguodala is the league's best perimeter defender. Combine those two with Howard and the 76ers would suddenly become the best defensive team in the NBA, Chicago included.
On offense, Philly would still be on the league's more balanced teams. They currently have six players averaging double figures, and even after the deal they could beat you down low with Howard or on the perimeter with Iggy, Louis Williams, and Jrue Holliday. Factor in the deadly three point shooting of Turkoglu, Redick, and Jodie Meeks, and this team will have no trouble scoring.
Could the Sixers win the east with Dwight Howard, Iggy, Williams, Holliday, Redick, Hedo, Meeks and Nikola Vucevic? That would likely be the most versatile top eight in the league. Their defense would give Miami a ton of trouble and their offensive versatility would make them a pretty good match up for the Bulls. If any team is in a position to beat Miami or Chicago with this type of trade, it's the 76ers.
Obviously losing Howard in July would hurt, but not as much as you'd think. Evan Turner is stuck behind Iggy, and since he doesn't have a natural position he's probably better served learning on a rebuilding team anyway. While giving up Hawes and Young would sting, they're both ultimately replaceable players. Neither will make or break a championship team.
While it would be hard for Philly to build a consistent contender after this trade, they will never have a better chance to win a championship then right now. Miami and Chicago aren't going anywhere, the Knicks and Nets are likely on their way to contending status, and the west is only getting tougher.
When you have a chance for a title you have to go for it. Better to be the team that won one title and then rebuilt, than the team that gets knocked out in the first round every year. Just ask Cubs fans if they wish their team followed the Marlins model.
Very few teams have the resources to build consistent contenders. When you aren't one of them you have to go all in when opportunities present themselves. For a team like Philly, that opportunity is now.