Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sixers make minor move before deadline

Talk about a letdown. After hearing rumors about the Sixers shedding salary by moving Andre Iguodala or Samuel Dalembert for weeks, this is all they could come up with? The Sixers have traded Royal Ivey, Primoz Brezec and a second round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for Jodie Meeks and Francisco Elson. Have you ever seen a more irrelevant trade?

Basically, this deal comes down to two teams trading deep bench players, as Ivey gets just under 10 minutes a game for the Sixers while Brezec has only played in 7 games. Apparently the big prize in the deal for the Sixers is Meeks, who is a rookie with a decent scoring touch. Elson is a complete nonfactor big man who has been injured most of the season, much like Brezec. To me, Brezec and Elson are a wash so the Sixers basically swapped a defensive guard in Ivey and a second rounder for a little better scoring with Meeks. The Sixers weren't likely so sign Ivey after this season, anyway, so really the trade boils down even further to the Sixers using a second round pick on Meeks, someone who they targeted in the draft last year.

While Meeks seems to have some decent upside, is this really the best Ed Stefanski could do? He couldn't make any moves to get the team more cap space for next year so they could sign someone to help them rebuild? Sigh, isn't it a great time to be a Sixers fan?

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