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Bynum will now wear red, white and blue.
When it became clear last season that the Lakers did indeed have interest in Howard, the natural reaction was that underachieving big man Andrew Bynum would be the one to go.
Potential destinations mentioned included Orlando in a straight swap, or even Houston if the Rockets, who sold out to get Howard and still didn't, could stay involved by including another team.
Well, there were other teams included in the deal besides Orlando and L.A. But who had the Sixers down as one of them?
Philly swooped in along with Denver, moved its top player in Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, got Jason Richardson from the Magic to replace Iguodala and pried Bynum away from the Lakers.
It was a huge move for Philly, which showed that it's a real threat in last year's playoffs before any of these moves were made. Now the Sixers have a potential franchise center to go with their young, emerging, backcourt talent. It was a coup, of sorts.
The jury is out on whether Bynum will actually work out as a Sixer. He's still nursing some chronic knee issues. His desire has always been questioned. And putting a personality like Bynum's with one like that of Sixers coach Doug Collins could be a time bomb waiting to go off.
But again, if you want to succeed, you have to be willing to take big risks. And that's just what Philly did.