Report: 76ers Involved in Blockbuster Trade Talks

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2012

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According to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers are engaged in talks with the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic as part of a blockbuster trade that would involve several superstars.

Wojanrowski originally broke the news, tweeting:


Orlando and the L.A. Lakers are engaged in 4-way talks with Denver and Philadelphia on a Dwight Howard blockbuster, league sources tell Y!

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 9, 2012


Now, originally it felt as if the Sixers would just be a minor part of this massive deal, but according to the Yahoo! insider, the Sixers are actually in place to acquire the services of Lakers center Andrew Bynum:

There are multiple moving parts in the fluid talks, but the framework of a possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Affalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The trade, in essence, makes perfect sense for the Sixers. For a team that has lacked size in the frontcourt to compete with elite Eastern Conference contenders, Bynum would be a very welcome sight, as he's currently one of the league's brightest young centers.

Not only is Bynum a perfect fit for a Sixers squad in need of some size, but it's a trade that's practical from a financial standpoint.

While Bynum is in the last year of his current deal, Iguodala has an early termination option that kicks in after this season.

Should this trade come to fruition, it's absolutely no lock that Bynum will re-sign with the Sixers in the summer of 2013, but it at least makes the team an intriguing destination for impending free agents.

Surrounding Bynum with talent like Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young would make for a nice young core that could compete right away in an Eastern Conference that's becoming increasingly more competitive by the season.

This deal is far from done, but it's refreshing to know that the Sixers are serious about putting a winning product on the floor immediately.