Report: 76ers to Acquire Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson in Blockbuster Deal

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2012

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Philadelphia 76ers fans: The unthinkable has happened. According to ESPN.com, the proposed four-team trade involving the Sixers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets is complete.

According to ESPN.com, the blockbuster deal will send Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, while the Sixers will acquire center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers and guard-forward combo Jason Richardson from the Magic:

A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com's Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.

In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.

The trade will be the end of the Andre Iguodala era in Philadelphia, one that was littered with criticism. Iguodala was never the superstar fans hoped he would be, but his elite perimeter defense should be difficult to replace.

In the end, this trade should be met with unbridled enthusiasm from all Sixers fans. For years the Sixers have been devoid of a true center, and although Bynum only has one year remaining on his contract, he's a massive upgrade over recent free agent signee Kwame Brown.

Although Bynum's future seems anything but certain at this moment, the immediate future looks positively bright compared to a few weeks ago.

Despite trading a young gun like Harkless, the Sixers are now loaded with depth that was unthinkable just a few short weeks ago.

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While Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Richardson, Hawes and Bynum figure to slot in as the team's starting five, the Sixers pack an impressive punch off of the bench.

With Nick Young, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen, rookie Arnett Moultrie and even Kwame Brown, the Sixers have depth on the wing and in the frontcourt to be serious competitors in the Eastern Conference in 2012-2013.

Details are still pouring in, but rejoice, Sixers fans. Basketball is back in Philadelphia.

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