Collins expects Sixers to be quiet at trade deadline

Collins expects Sixers to be quiet at trade deadline

February 19, 2013, 9:00 am

With the NBA trade deadline set for 3 p.m. on Thursday, the stories around the ol’ rumor mill are about to reach a fever pitch.

Undoubtedly there will be a few names from the Sixers’ roster bandied about. Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner are two players that have been discussed for possible deals according to reports, but nothing very serious.

Actually, a league source says Hawes and Turner have been dangled simply for the Sixers to gauge their trade value.

So once again the Sixers likely will be on the sidelines for a blockbuster when the trade deadline passes. In fact, if the Sixers make any moves before the deadline, count on it being relatively small.

And you know what? That’s just fine by coach Doug Collins. After all, the Sixers still haven’t seen their team all together on the court yet this season.

“One thing we have to be careful with is, you don’t want to make a trade to salvage a season,” Collins said. “If something happens for us, I think it would be very small. I don’t see anything major that’s going to turn our season around. Major for us is to get our guys healthy.”

Nor does Collins see the Sixers making a deal for a “rental player” either. That means someone like Atlanta’s Josh Smith, whose contract is up at the end of the season, isn’t quite what the Sixers have in mind.

Why make a deal for a player for 31 games when he could walk away at the end of the season?

Ahem ...

Then again, the Sixers don’t have much to offer in a big trade, either. Sure, there is always someone like Andrew Bynum, but the Sixers have already gambled so much on the center not to see him suit up this season. They also have traded away their first-round draft pick if they are not in the lottery and won’t have one for the 2014 draft, either.

However, the Sixers do have some expiring contracts that could prove to have some value for a contending team. Dorell Wright, Nick Young, Royal Ivey and Damien Wilkins could be a nice piece for a team looking to make a run in the postseason. The same goes for newly signed point guard Jeremy Pargo, who parlayed a 10-day contract into a deal for the remainder of the season (see story).

Perhaps the Sixers would use one of their chips to recoup a first-round draft pick they spent acquiring Arnett Moultrie (from the Heat at the 2012 draft) and Bynum. We’ll see how it plays out by week’s end.