Sounds crazy, right? Well, it might become a reality. Adrian Wojnaroski, Yahoo!’s basketball insider and the most reliable source in the business when it comes to trade rumors and free agency, is reporting that the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, and the Philadelphia Sixers are engaged in serious trade talks on a 4-way deal that would send Dwight Howard to LA. In the proposed deal, Denver forward Al Harrington would also move to LA, with LA forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Afflalo both going to Denver. Where do the Sixers fit in, you ask? Well, they’d be receiving LA center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers and sending swingman Andre Iguodala to Denver.
There are a ton of moving parts, and it could all very easily fall apart, but if this deal were to go down, the Sixers’ future would suddenly look a lot different. They’d be building the team around a backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, with 15th overall pick Maurice Harkless playing SF (presumably), Spencer Hawes or Kwame Brown starting at PF, and Bynum playing center. Thaddeus Young, Nick Young, rookie 1st rounder Arnett Moultrie, Lavoy Allen, newly acquired Dorrell Wright, and Brown/Hawes would lead the bench unit. The frontcourt depth and quality on this team (Bynum, Allen, A prime-time unit of Holiday-N. Young-Turner-T. Young-Bynum sounds…actually, not bad at all. I’d be very happy if the Sixers landed Bynum for Iguodala, as he’s a dynamic young star who could be the foundation of this team becoming a championship contender. Of course, this would make those two year contracts for both Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown look even worse than they already are. We’ll track this story closely as it unfolds.
Here’s the link to Woj’s original story if you’d like to read it yourself.