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Pairing these two up could be a lot of fun.
These long-term solutions are for the rare chance of Bynum not producing or getting hurt. Again, this is only under the rare and unlikely chance that things don't go as planned.
Can you imagine these three players in a Philadelphia jersey: Josh Smith, Al Jefferson or LaMarcus Aldridge?
If Bynum can’t find a way to find his way on to the floor, then seeing one of these players in a Sixers jersey isn’t out of the question.
Josh Smith’s name isn’t new to making trade rumor lists, so it’s definitely possible for Philly to take notice.
Ian Hanford, featured columnist for Bleacher Report, wrote an article on possible destinations for Smith if he were to be traded. Hanford talks about Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and what he might be interested in:
Philadelphia is a young team, with a few pieces that would attract Ferry. Rookie big man Arnett Moultrie has a ton of room to grow, and he is capable athleticism-wise. Thaddeus Young has always been a very interesting two-way player, and Evan Turner is a budding 2-guard. Those three in some capacity, plus any lesser players or picks, would make for an interesting package, and it would be worth it.
Smith would certainly fit in well with the athletic, up-tempo offense that Philly has come to play. Plus, his defensive skill would be a perfect match.
Jefferson is an interesting person to think about. He’s an absolute force in the paint who doesn’t get the kind of credit that he deserves.
Maybe he will in Philadelphia?
The Utah Jazz are full of young, talented forwards and centers. Either Jefferson or Paul Millsap will get shipped by the trade deadline this year; there's just not enough space for both of them.
Depending on who they’d have to give up, Jefferson would be a nice player for the Sixers to look at.
This one might get a lot of criticism, but it shouldn't: LaMarcus Aldridge is a viable option for Philadelphia.
There shouldn’t be any debate about how talented Aldridge is, so we’ll look past that and go straight to why the Sixers have a shot at getting the All-Star power forward.
At 27 years old, Aldridge is just hitting the prime of his career. His timing puts the Portland Trail Blazers in a vulnerable spot.
He’s entering the third year of a five-year contract. Questions about his short- and long-term value have to be considered by Portland's management.
The Blazers are also weak at the shooting guard and small forward positions, two areas where Philadelphia thrives.
Packaging Nick Young, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Arnett Moultrie for Aldridge could end up doing the trick. A first-round pick might need to get thrown into the equation, but the fact remains: Philadelphia is strong where Portland is weak.
These are extreme long-term solutions, but so was getting Andrew Bynum. You really never know what could happen, and these three players would definitely fit in nicely.