Report: Sixers to Acquire Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson in Four-Team Blockbuster

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Wow! It’s done, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

As part of a four-team blockbuster that will land Dwight Howard in Los Angeles, the Sixers will send Andre Iguodala to Denver and Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic to Orlando. In return, they will receive Andrew Bynum from the Lakers and Jason Richardon from the Magic: []

A source with direct knowledge of the talks told's Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.

In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.


Sources tell Stein that a trade call has been scheduled with the league for tomorrow morning to make it all official. 

The Sixers have apparently not spoken to Bynum, who has one year left on his deal, about signing an extension, but that would certainly be the goal here and the Sixers will take that shot, according to the report.

Bynum, who grew up about an hour away from Philadelphia in Plainsboro, N.J., could sign a three-year, $60 million extension this season or wait to become a free agent after the season and be eligible for a five-year, $102 million deal.


Incredibly, Stein says that Howard will not sign an extension with the Lakers right now and will wait until the end of the season to explore free agency.

We wrote at length about acquiring Bynum before, but Richardson, 31, a veteran guard, is an added bonus. He has three years remaining on a four-year, $24 million deal (so, around $6 million a year).

Losing Harkless, Vucevic and a number one pick (all number one picks, really) on top of Iguodala is tough, but the Sixers had to do this deal. Players like Andrew Bynum don't just fall into your lap. He's 24 and, if he re-signs, will be an All-Star caliber NBA player for a long time here. If he remains healthy. I'm still not sure he's the guy to lead a team to a championship, but this is a huge step in the right direction.

This should be surreal for Iggy when he wakes up in London tomorrow morning.

It's worth mentioning that reader (@Root_em_in) tweeted us the details of this trade eight hours ago. You should maybe follow him.


37 Responses

  1. How many years and how much $$$??? Then we can decide if its a bonus to be getting richardson

  2. November 22, 2012 is the over/under when crazy Canadian Btnum gets hurt and or arrested

  3. So last year’s top pick (Vuc), this year’s top pick (Hark), & next year’s 1st rounder for an oft-injured potentially 1-yr rental player who is immature. Not sure how I feel about this. Would rather tank next season bc excluding injuries, it’s gonna be the Heat vs either OKC or Lakers in The Finals (What a fun League to follow when next year’s Finals Participants are all but known months before the season starts). “Time-Out/”Coaches-ClipBoard” Ball as I call NBA B-Ball pretty much Sux…

  4. Bynum can sign a 3-year $60M extension or wait for the offseason for a 5-year $102M deal …
    Man I am pumped. We finally dumped Iguodala and brought in a potential superstar. Bynum has suffered through injury, but is easily the second-best center in the L.
    We have that presence under the basket on both ends of the court surrounded by a great, young core of guards and swingmen in Holiday, Turner, and Thad Young. Not to mention we added some knock-down shooters in Nick Young, Dorrell Wright and now Jason Richardson.
    This team looks promising. I think the division is up for grabs between the Sixers, Nets, and Celtics. Never rule Boston out, but Pierce is on the decline and even though KG had a great postseason, there’s only so much he can do.

  5. poor, poor lebron! he finally wins a championship and then ESPN goes and whores themselves out to another team! that said, the tremendous downside of this trade is we should all prepare ourselves for the continuous 24/7 suck fest of the lakers! ugh, its going to be a lot slurping! however, the upside is the sixers finally land themselves a big man in the paint! sounds like he will re-sign. if he stays healthy, he will be 20-10 guy every night!

  6. Great all around players like Andre Iguodala don’t come around often, but top flight Centers (even ones like Andrew Bynum)don’t come around often either nowadays. Let’s hope that Bynum isn’t as much of a baby in Philadelphia, and doesn’t bust.

  7. In the grand scheme of things, this just make the Sixers ultimate demise to the Heat just last a game or two longer.

  8. Jared – I know, right? Even if they sign Bynum to the 3yr extension right now, He will be a FA again right as Lebron starts to age and the Heat become vulnerable. Good signing to get the Fans Hyped up and to gets butts in the seats, but doesn’t mean shit with the Finals being Heat vs either Lakers or Thunder for the next 3-4 years…

  9. Jordan is coming out of retirement and coming to Philly. You heard it here first.

  10. I love the trade, 2nd best center in the nba.
    Oh gosh, poor homer was left out of the fun this summer

  11. Great move for Philly! I think Bynum signs in Philly as they are going to stroke his ego and tell him how they will build around him. Even if he rolls at the end of the year we got out of the Iggy contract for flexability in free agency next year. Great move for the 76ers……

  12. Look at all the se negative assholoes trying to find ways to complain… Things like this make me realize that there are a handful of Philly fans that make us all look bad. We just signed one of the two best centers in the entire league. ENJOY IT FOR FIVE FUCKING MINUTES. And to the dude who said that it doesnt matter because the Finals for next year is already decided… Unless you’re Nostra-fucking-damus, this is the dumbest sentence I’ve ever heard.

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