It’s clear that the Sixers weren’t twiddling their thumbs at the deadline. What isn’t clear is when Sixers fans can expect to see some W’s.
From day one, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie’s plan was simple: trade primed assets, stockpile draft picks, spend big on draft day, cash in, lose now, and win later. Trading away combo-guard Michael Carter Williams epitomized just that; so too did the others.
Carter-Williams was shipped to the Bucks in a massive three-team deal that sent All-Star snub Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns. In return, Milwaukee acquired raw center Miles Plumlee and an ever rawer combo guard in Tyler Ennis, last year’s 18th overall pick in the NBA Draft; Ennis has not played a single game in the NBA thus far.
In addition, Philadelphia acquired a top 5 protected 2015 draft pick from the Suns, which will greatly bolster their chances at the number 1 pick.
The Sixers can also give underwhelming commodities Javale McGee and Isaiah Canaan a warm welcome to the City of Brotherly Love. Both players were acquired in two separate trades with the Nuggets and Rockets respectively. The Sixers elected to absorb the talented but oft-injured McGee’s contract of $11.2 million however, the real value lies within the guaranteed top 18 pick that came attached.
With the Canaan deal, the Sixers said farewell to fan-favorite K.J McDaniels. The team also acquired a protected second round pick from Denver in the process.
Just when we thought the Sixers were on the cusp of building towards something, they strip it all down, scrap the solid foundation two years in the making, and continue to bank on the off chance that Philly builds a skyscraper. Development takes time, but as some point management has to let go because this waiting game is cruel, lethal and unjust.