Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sixers finally unload Willie Green

The Sixers (remember them?) made a deal today, shipping Willie Green and Jason Smith to the Hornets for forwards Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins. While this isn't a major move, it is nice to see the Sixers finally get Green off the roster.

What the Sixers got in this deal could be useful. Brackins is the key to the deal, a 6 foot 10 rookie picked 21st overall in the draft this year who can play either forward position and has some range on his shot. I would expect him to be in the mix to get some minutes behind Andre Iguodala and Andres Nocioni at small forward. As for Songaila, he's a 7 year veteran who has played for four different teams in his career and averaged 7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. At best, Songaila will be a decent backup down low for Elton Brand, although I have some doubts as to whether he will even make the team, though he does have an expiring contract that the Sixers could unload.

The most important thing about this trade is that the Sixers were able to unload Willie Green. With the addition of Evan Turner, Green was going to be phased out of the guard rotation, so the Sixers were happy to find another team to take his contract off their hands. I still can't believe Green started 200+ games for the Sixers.

Here's the Sixers roster as it currently stands. Quite a logjam of forwards:

Jrue Holiday
Evan Turner
Lou Williams
Jodie Meeks

Andre Iguodala
Thaddeus Young
Elton Brand
Andres Nocioni
Marreese Speights
Jason Kapono
Darius Songaila
Craig Brackins

Spencer Hawes
Tony Battie

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