Assessing Each Philadelphia 76ers Trade Value

Brandon K. SmithContributor IIIFebruary 11, 2013

Assessing Each Philadelphia 76ers Trade Value

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    With the NBA trade deadline approaching, it's time to grade each player's trade value as it stands today.  The Sixers have not made much news as far as potential moves are concerned, but you can never count out any sort of last-second deal.  This may be even more possible now that Jason Richardson is out for the remainder of the season.

    The following trade values consider player performance, injury status/susceptibility and their contracts.  Also important is the potential need a team or teams may have for a particular player based on a certain skill set or position needs.

Lavoy Allen

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    Lavoy Allen may be a player pursued by a contender in need of size off the bench.  He has a reasonable salary at $3 million through next season and is only 24, two things that make him very trade-friendly asset.  

    Allen has shown this season that he can provide valuable minutes both off the bench and in the starting lineup, as he has averaged a shade over 23 minutes a game this season.  He has also averaged 6.7 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game—pretty solid numbers for a bench forward.  It would not be surprising to see a team like the Miami Heat or the New York Knicks start a trade conversation (though I doubt the Sixers would trade within their division).

    Trade Value: Above Average

Kwame Brown

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    There aren't many teams interested in a player like Kwame Brown at this juncture, despite his cap friendly contract.  He simply has not seen the court enough or on a consistent enough basis to warrant the attraction of another team.

    At this point in his career, Brown is not much more than an okay big to have toward the tail end of a bench.  It is, however, not too far fetched to imagine him as a throw-in to a trade involving more valuable players, for salary reasons if nothing else.

    Trade Value: Very Low

Spencer Hawes

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    For a team in need of a reliable center/power forward to log extensive minutes off the bench, Spencer Hawes is an excellent option.  He is averaging more than 25 minutes a game, consistently scores in double figures and provides a reliable shot-blocking presence on defense.

    With Jason Richardson's recent injury and Andrew Bynum's upcoming return, it is not ridiculous to speculate that Philly may move Hawes to pick up another wing.  With teams always in need off big men off the bench, someone would likely take the bait on a Hawes deal.  His shortcomings defensively and an inconsistent mid range—that he loves—for over $6 million a season may be enough to ward teams off, however.

    Trade Value: Average

Jrue Holiday

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    With Andrew Bynum's injury woes and Jrue Holiday's superb season to date, Holiday has surpassed Bynum as the most valuable asset on the Sixers roster.  He has proven this season to be a reliable true point guard as well as a player who can score in droves if needed.  The young star—he's 22 years old—should only continue to grow, especially with Bynum's return taking pressure off of Holiday offensively.

    A number of teams in the league would love to have a player of Holiday's skill, especially at the incredibly important point guard position.  The fact that he may outperform his contract if he continues to improve is just an added bonus.

    Trade Value: Very High

Royal Ivey

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    Much like Kwame Brown, Royal Ivey is best suited as an end-of-the-bench point guard who can come in and provide a few minutes here and there without taking too much off of the table.  He has been a reliable cog in the Sixers horrid back-up point guard situation, but does his job diligently when called upon.

    Also like Brown, Ivey's best chance for a roster change will come as a means to work through cap issues that may stall another deal.  With the Sixers not likely looking to diminish what cap space they do have, it is unlikely they would trade Ivey before simply releasing him.

    Trade Value: Very Low

Shelvin Mack

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    Shelvin Mack has played only four games for Philadelphia this season and scored a grand total of two points.  As he attempts to secure a spot on the roster (he has been operating on 10-day contracts), the last thing Mack will have to worry about is a trade.  

    A trip down to the D-League or the Sixers not re-upping his 10-day contract are two scenarios far more probable.

    However, the former Butler stand-out is still young and has a decent shot from distance—a quality all NBA teams covet.  Though his trade value is not great this year, it's not unimaginable to picture Mack someday logging consistent minutes off an NBA bench.

    Trade Value: Very Low

Arnett Moultrie

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    Arnett Moultrie has not seen a tremendous amount of time for Philadelphia, which is not surprising given Doug Collins' resistance to giving rookies many minutes.  Still, he was considered a player with decent-to-good potential entering the draft and would have been a higher pick if it weren't for his inconsistent play while attending Mississippi State.

    His explosive game and size could attract suitors, but the thing that will really entice a team is his potential and cap-friendly rookie contract.

    Trade Value: Average

Jeremy Pargo

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    Jeremy Pargo is yet another suitor attempting to make the back-up point guard position his, and is the newest player auditioning for the role (basketball-reference.com does not even have his number listed on the Sixers roster).

    He has played well and is scoring decently off the bench for Philly so far, but with his 10-day contract it is unlikely any team will trade for him when he may be back on the free-agent market before February is over.

    Trade Value: Very Low

Jason Richardson

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    With Jason Richardson set to undergo knee surgery, and the fact that he's no spring chicken, teams will hesitate to come anywhere near the sharp-shooting vet.  They especially don't want to take such a risk for the next two years at over $12.8 million.

    If he can prove next season that the lift on his jump shot has not been affected by knee surgery, his value will certainly go up.  As for now, though, there is no real market for Jason Richardson.

    Trade Value: Low

Evan Turner

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    Evan Turner continues to improve his game and is becoming a more and more reliable shooter as the season goes on.  With his already impressive court vision, size and rebounding chops, Turner would be a nice option for many teams looking to solidify their shooting guard or small forward spot for the future.

    This is especially true considering the league-wide lack of depth at the shooting guard position.  This means that teams would be potentially willing to give up more than his true market value to obtain the former Ohio State star.

    Trade Value: Above Average

Dorell Wright

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    Dorell Wright has been providing a great service at the 3-spot coming off the bench for the Sixers.  He offers their second unit size and a needed scoring presence, especially from deep.  He has experience starting in Golden State, and it's realistic to think he could one day become a starter again, depending on his team's depth.

    As mentioned before, three-point shooting is always at a premium for teams and thus Dorell Wright will always be a target of potential trades.  On the right team, he could be a very valuable asset.

    Trade Value: Above Average

Nick Young

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    Nick Young is a prototypical sixth man; he can get hot very quickly, is far too streaky to log reliable minutes as a starter and can shoot the lights out on any given night.  He is also an excellent athlete and adds length to any backcourt as he stretches the floor on offense.

    However, he can be very inconsistent and has a history of shooting himself both in and out of games.  That and a below-average defensive game will be what keeps Young out of starting lineups in this league.  He has an expiring contract though, and could be a spark for a contender or good team in need of energy off the bench.

    Trade Value: Above Average

Thaddeus Young

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    Thaddeus Young has had his best season as a pro this year and, at age 24, is still very young.  Furthermore, he plays the athletic, inside/outside game sought after by many organizations as teams continue to get smaller and favor a faster-paced game.  

    This season, Young has established himself as a bona fide starter and, aside from recent injury woes, has been very reliable for Doug Collins and crew.  He is also a good defender capable of guarding small forwards and small-ish power forwards quite well.

    Trade Value: High

Andrew Bynum

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    Andrew Bynum's trade value can best be described as being on a roller coaster ride this season.  This ever changing value is directly correlated to his health and contract status.  There is no question Bynum is the second or third best center in the league when healthy, but his current and future health have been such concerns in Philadelphia, most teams would not touch Bynum with a 10-foot pole.

    On top of that, he is only signed through this season and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.  Even a contender in need of a big man likely wouldn't take on Bynum at this point, as his combination of contract/injury status are too much to swallow.  Adding to that is the high return the Sixers would likely command in return for him, all in all leading to a Bynum deal not worth it for any team at this point.

    Still, his overall talent level keeps his trade value pretty high, and it will continue to grow if he is able to remain healthy for the remainder of the season upon his return.

    Trade Value: High