Sixers Rumored Moves Underwhelming

Mike Santa BarbaraContributor IJuly 23, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 23:  Jamaal Tinsley #11 of the Indiana Pacers brings the ball down court against the Dallas Mavericks at Conseco Fieldhouse November 23, 2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
The signing of Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala, along with the huge contract of Samuel Dalembert, have hand cuffed Ed Stefanski and the Sixers so far this offseason.
Don’t look for that trend to end anytime soon.

The most exciting move left isn’t even guaranteed to happen. A possible sign-and-trade of point guard Andre Miller is probably all Sixer fans have to look forward to.  Even the rumored players that the Sixers would get in return aren’t anything to get excited about. Chris Duhon? Steven Blake?

Also, don’t pay any attention to the Kirk Hinrich rumors, they are completely unfounded. 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more exciting, the Sixers are now searching the bottom of the NBA’s free agent barrel to fill out their bench. Here’s a list of some of the names they’re looking at; don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of any of them. And don’t feel bad if you have heard of any of them...after all, every team needs a bench. 

Primoz Brezec, Chris Mihm, Aaron Gray, Ryan Hollins, Jared Reiner, Jake Voshkuhl, Adonal Foyle and Earl Barron.

I’ll let you all collect yourselves. 

All kidding aside, there are some recognizable names on that list. A few of them could be described as “average,” or a player with a potentially "high upside." For the most part, there is truly nothing to get excited about, and definitely nothing that makes the Sixers a contender in the East. 

The Sixers are reportedly interested in point guard Jamaal Tinsley, who had his contract bought out by the Indiana Pacers earlier this week. Tinsley is trying to put a tough 2008-09 season behind him, and he was told by the Pacers before the season started that he was not wanted, giving his spot to T.J. Ford.

He requested a trade, and did not suit up for the Pacers all season long.  In February, the NBA Players Association filed a grievance on Tinsley’s behalf after the Pacers were unable to trade him. It’s not known what kind of shape Tinsley is in, but he could probably be snagged for a cheap  one year deal; something the Sixers would be very interested in. 

The Sixers did offer a contract to point guard C.J Watson, who spent last season with the Golden State Warriors. Reportedly, the contract was a one year deal worth $2.3 million.  Watson turned it down and is now close to signing with the Orlando Magic

So the upcoming signings for the Sixers certainly won’t be the talk around the water cooler. They've made their bed and now they must lie in it.