Report: Sixers Involved in Talks for Blockbuster Four-Team Dwight Howard Trade

Kyle Scott - August 9, 2012

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We’re not.

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarakaowjwskdsowhskski reports that the Sixers, Lakers, Magic and Nuggets are involved in talks for a blockbuster four-team trade that would land the Sixers Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol and send Andre Iguodala to Denver. Yes, please: [Yahoo!]

There are multiple moving parts in the fluid talks, but the framework of a possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Affalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports. 


He goes on to say that Bynum or Gasol could be the player who goes to the Sixers.

That’s great. Really, it is. But it’s hard to get too excited. The key player in the deal, Howard, would be going elsewhere, making someone else a title contender. 

Lately, we’ve gotten used to the Phillies (pre-end of days days), Eagles and Flyers going after big-time, big-name players in their respective quests for a championship (none have paid off– the Phillies’ spending has come in the Amaro years… and, well, they’ve gone backwards each year). The Sixers, however, still play the patsy, a means to an end, for other teams. Bynum and Gasol are fine players, both undoubtedly better than Iguodala (trust me, I’d applaud the trade), but it’s swapping a Robin for a Robin. Admittedly, the Sixers would be trading Chris O’Donnell’s Robin for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s. But they’d still be getting the Robin to Howard’s, um, Superman.

The last eight teams to win championships have had either LeBron, Dirk, Kobe, Celtics trio, or Duncan. Winning teams need stars. And while it was a long shot that Howard was going to wind up in Philly, it’s hard to get too excited when the Sixers play a mere supporting role in helping another team (Lakers) land the all-around best player in the deal.

Still, getting Bynum would be a good thing.

Bill Simmons, whose basketball trade value list is my go-to for NBA player rankings, had Bynum at 21 this past year, up from 38 in 2011.

Here’s what Simmons wrote in each of those years:


It's straight DNA: Some dudes are structurally built for 82-game NBA seasons, others aren't. So if you make the argument "If Bynum can stay healthy, he's a franchise center," just make sure you also mention that we have 35 years of evidence that there's a tipping point when "If he can stay healthy …" becomes "… he's not going to stay healthy." We're there with Andrew Bynum. He's not going to stay healthy. If I were the Lakers, I would trade him right now.



Has there ever been a better "We'd be selling high if we traded him right now" example? From 2007 through 2011, Bynum played 35, 50, 65 and 54 games. Miraculously, he's played 35 consecutive games this season … in a lockout-shortened season, no less! We keep hearing that Jimmy Dolan 2.0 (a.k.a. Jimmy Buss)3 won't trade Bynum because that's his guy, but man, wouldn't it make sense to flip a healthy-right-now-at-this-moment Bynum for a point guard and/or multiple pieces for one last three-year run behind Kobe and Gasol? What am I missing? Could you get Lowry, Chase Budinger and Luis Scola for him? What about Nash and Gortat? What about Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert? What about Josh Smith, Zaza Pachulia and Jeff Teague? What about Elton Brand, Nik Vucevic and Evan Turner for Bynum and cap fodder? What about … ?


Besides the prophetic Sixers drop, Simmons makes it clear that it’s all about staying healthy for Bynum, which he did this year. [As a comparison, Howard finished at number six on Simmons' list.] 

Bynum would be a great stopgap for the Sixers. He’s only 24 and has one year left on his deal, which pays him about $16 million, just a little over a million more than Iggy. He would give the Sixers a legitimate big-man upgrade (over Elton Brand) and moving Iguodala would meaning getting rid of one of their 22 rawly athletic swingmen. If Bynum proves to be someone the Sixers want to build around, they would presumably get first crack at extending him long-term. If not, they would take a step forward next year and still have cap room to sign players as part of next summer’s outstanding free agent group.

It’s a great proposed trade, and I’d LOVE to see Andre Iguodala go elsewhere. Really– somewhere, anywhere. But the Sixers still wouldn’t be getting their superstar.


  • Scotty Reynolds August 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I’m availabe. Hit my agent up at 1-800-AGEN. ext 547.

  • Loke August 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I’ll take it! 1 2 3 4 5 6 Seventy 6 ers! Anything but more Iggy pretty please!

  • Loke August 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Hmmmm nothing on ESPN Kyle so it cant be for realz can it yo?

  • The Taggart House August 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    great trade

  • Scotty Reynolds August 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    forreal i can play ball call me

  • Natalee Holloway August 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I love how this article makes is seem like Bynum is some scrub.
    Dude Kyle, Bynum will be better than Howard in a few years.. BOOKMARK IT.
    Bynum is a beast.

  • Ryan M August 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Love this deal, though the team needs some type of veteran leadership with brand gone. if Iggy is gone, only players over 24 would be Nick Young, Dorrell Wright, Kwame Brown, and Royal Ivey, and no one over 30.

  • CS August 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    ROFLZZZZ at Natalee Holloway

  • the ghost of leonard tose August 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    would it possible for kyle to know less about the nba…wow

  • Jason August 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Bynum will be kind of coming home if the Sixers acquire him: he went to school in Plainsboro NJ as well as Solebury School (which I can’t believe) in Bucks County.
    I can’t imagine he’d be against this trade except for the fact that the sixers stink and the Lakers are competing for a championship.

  • David August 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    this move would be great for the sixers. bynum gives us a big man in the east which has one other big man thats worth while (chandler). and if he decides to leave after his contract is up, that gives us 16 million to spend on a FA

  • The piece of hay stuck in the horse teeth of Rhea Hughes August 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    i don’t get the fascination with howard. he has considerable back issues, he is a mental midget in the playoffs, and worst of all, he has shown his true colors throughout the last 18 months of his trade fiasco talks. so, ill pass on howard and take bynum or gasol in a heartbeat!

  • Franco August 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I can’t really tell through internet sarcasm, but do you dislike basketball half as much as you seem to or … ?

  • Franco August 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I understand the dislike for the current regime, but as piss poor a brand of basketball they put out there, you still have to support them, no? I dunno, that’s just the way I feel. I hate the way they’ve been the past couple of seasons, but I don’t go shitting down their throats at every given opportunity.

  • Kyle Scott August 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    i applauded their drafting evan turner, and i will root for them, but this site is not a ra ra fan site. we’re going to call out ineptitude and have some fun with stuff. i see your point, but the sixers are going to have to do a lot more than get lucky to have us start praising them. hiring thorn? keeping stefanski? having 3 different swing players? no direction? those things are all real.

  • Gary the retard August 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Bynum parks in handicapped spaces

  • ThePhillyFlash August 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Hmm! Interesting. Well, I for one wouldn’t want Howard if the Sixers got him for free. Besides his inconsistent offense and his balky back, the guy can’t sink free throws to save his damn life. And let’s not forget how his diva routine and insistence on being traded ensured Stan Van Gundy’s firing.
    As for Bynum, while he’s easily a top five center in the league (given how good centers are pretty much an endangered species), he’s also had injury issues and has shown more than a little immaturity at times. Still, if the Sixers could land Bynum, I’d love to see that happen. To have a beast like him would be terrific.

  • Bill August 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Bynum is already better then Howard. Howard is better on defense, but Bynum has a much more polsihed offensive game. Bynum has had some knee issues, but Howard just got major back surgery.

  • Candy from the Oak August 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    The Sixers are on par with the Soul

  • Chris Langille August 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    “Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarakaowjwskdsowhskski”

  • Mac August 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Screw Gasol. He’s on the decline. We’d be worse off with him than Iguodala. Gasol thrived in LA because of Kobe and Bynum. With a bunch of kids around him he’d be nothing.
    Bynum, though. Now we’re talking. Kid has suffered through some injury early in his career and has made an ass with his antics, but he’s undoubtedly a top 3 center in the game amongst Dwight and Marc G.
    If we’re gettin’ Bynum, get it done!

  • Rich August 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    “Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarakaowjwskdsowhskski”
    – You’re just going to beat this one to death aren’t you, Kyle? You haven’t gone a post in a month with throwing these side splitters in there.

  • Rich August 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm


  • NickFromGermantown August 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Trades haven’t paid off? The Phillies got better each year. Their playoff result was worse each year. Don’t confuse the two ideas.

  • Cole August 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    @ crossingbroad: bynum IS a top 15 player in the nba.
    @kyle scott: It makes me ill that you make a living off of a website that supposively covers all four big philadelphia sports. Useless? So that run in the playoffs was nothing? Being in the final eight was useless? Please sir, go fuck yourself. You better stick to that once they start winning. Don’t jump on the bandwagon. Don’t start putting up all types of nba posts once they start to build a supper team. No direction? So you’re suggesting you know more about putting together a team than the higher ups do? Have you ever seen a second of Moe Harkless game tape? Outside of position, his game is nothing like Iggy’s. This website isn’t a ra ra fan site? Please, there are puck bunnies that have less of a boner for the flyers.

  • Chance- Vice President in Command of the GnA Falcons August 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I’ll grab my home boy Isaac & drive Iggy & his baby to the airport.

  • Kyle Scott August 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    ^^ above aren’t me. Mine go in “grey”

  • NickFromGermantown August 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Kyle, can’t you block certain usernames from being used here?

  • Chance- Vice President in Command of the GnA Falcons August 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I could go for a hot dog special at the Ultimate Deli right about now

  • Kyle Scott August 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    here’s the guy posing as me. he also is franco in this thread:

  • Chance- Vice President in Command of the GnA Falcons August 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Nice work detective Kyle.

  • mvptommyd August 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Um…One small(actually huge) problem that not one of the 50 posts so far mentioned.
    IF the Sixers trade Iguodala for (one year) of Bynum, that means Spencer Hawes is now your starting power forward…
    Um, yea. I am sure that will be fun to watch him get schooled every night by Kevin Garnett, Josh Smith, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, etc. every night. So everyone calm down. If the Sixers don’t get Pau back instead of Bynum, then the trade will be a lateral move at best.

  • Jay Grace August 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Sixers should move tO Vegas

  • Phil August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Why do 76ers fans hate on Iggy so much? He’s a great player.

  • IguodalaIsBetterThanMelo August 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I don’t understand the hate on Iggy. Yeah he isn’t a great shooter, he is the best defensive swingman in NBA history. Plus he is more of a facilitator than a shooter anyways. God you people don’t know wank about basketball. I would hate to see you jump on the bandwagon when the Sixers go to the NBA Finals. Suck my balls.

  • basketball is stupid August 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    If I only gave a shit – a little…

  • Andrew Bynum August 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    what in the hell?! I google my name for fun and I find this. Man, I aint tryna leave my crib in the hollywood hills, place is dope. Any suggestions on dope spots in philly? Condo would be kool. Iight world ima go stare at my bank account and tug myself.

  • Trevose August 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    “basketball is stupid” must be a hockey fan…

  • Hipster Dave August 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Iggy is a top 5 defensive player in the league

  • Andrew Bynum August 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    trevose trash

  • Trevose August 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Very original…

  • JayRockers! August 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Fuck LA and Denver. Just trade Iggy, Nick Young and Kwame Brown to Orlando for Dwight Howard and a draft pick. Cut out the middle men and we’ll have something for next season when Howard goes to Jersey.

  • Pete H August 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Don’t really understand wanting to get iggy outta here just for the sake of it. His defense and ball movement are great, he’s just a terrible shot, which is half on the coaches anyway. But he’s really the only tradable player, and if we can get someone like Bynum for iggy, that’d be good.

  • Jimmy Woods August 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Pete H is a piece of shit

  • Charlie Reese August 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Nba is a bad product. Who wants to watch a bunch of thugs with bad tats play basketball????

  • Cole August 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    @ the real Kyle Scott.. my mistake dude

  • Laviolette's Lip Scar August 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    is there any way that we can trade the whole team to another city? i mean it. seriously. can we just get rid of this god forsaken franchise and get on with our lives. i think my life would be better if this city didn’t have this awful basketball team. where the FUCK is the JAM???????!!!!!!

  • Pete H August 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Quick! Someone get Jimmy Woods a diploma!

  • Fart in the Wind August 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    VP Chance is a pos

  • Dr. Hung Low August 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Who cares, basketball sucks monkey balls

  • The 1989 Farting Contest Winner August 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Holy shirt, can you imagine Bynum and Kwame Brown indulging in the Philly nightlife together. They’d be raping chicks & throwing cake on people

  • 3 Finger Lenny August 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    3 things I love & do well at in life
    1. Kicking ass
    2. Playing hockey
    3. Eating pussy

  • gus August 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    you’re an idiot. getting bynum would be HUGE for the sixers.
    god this blog blows.

  • Candy from the Oak August 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Anyone whacking it to the Olympics

  • Angelo Cataldi August 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    When Bynum gets here I’m gonna wine him, dine him, and put it in from behind him.

  • Vike Mick August 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I ate your moms fartbox Lenny.

  • We're talking Sixers in August. Sixers! Not a lie Not a lie. Sixers! We're talking Sixers. August 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Is Howard completely healthy from his surgery? And the league is still waiting for him to win a title.

  • Angelo Cataldi August 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Go fuck yourself 3 inch dick Lenny you fucking faggot. I’m gonna finger your mom in her gaping shit ringed asshole and then fuck her in her cunt you sniveling little swine. All while wearing an Elmo costume.

  • Candy from the Oak August 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    @ Angelo no need to be graphic 🙂

  • d August 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Iggy is outta here…..

  • Angelo Cataldi August 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Hey candy from professor oak…how bout I eat the double beef bean burrito and spray my rancid diarrhea directly into your mouth? Then, when you puke all over me, I can rub my pathetic dick in the fecalvomulatory puddle and rub it on you.

  • Mr. Taste It August 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Deal is complete: Iggy to denver, harkless and vukevic to orlando.
    sixers get bynum and jason richardson…
    Getting the 2nd best center in the league is definitely answering their need for the last few years and with what they gave up it’s an absolute great deal. Going to depend on the play of jrue and evan and thad now. Also, with lavoy allen this is absolutely awesome.

  • Candy from the Oak August 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    @ Angelo you probably hate women n probably planning your movie theater attack

  • Matt August 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Sixers Starting Line-up?
    Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thad Young, Kwame Brown, Andrew Bynum
    Off the bench?
    Spencer Hawes, Nick Young, Jason Richardson, Dorell Wright, Lavoy Allen, Royal Ivey, Arnett Moultrie
    I don’t know, that’s a pretty balanced team. I’m excited and think the Sixers should win the Atlantic Division with this team and Collins coaching.
    Then maybe next summer get another big time free agent. There will be plenty of cap space next summer and the possible free agents are nasty.
    All you bang wagon jumpers better keep an eye on the Sixers.

  • Matt August 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm


  • 3 Finger Lenny August 9, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Angelo needs help. Never knew he had that dark side to him

  • Hipster Dave August 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Candy from Oak is all class

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