Sixers acquire Charles Jenkins from Warriors

Sixers acquire Charles Jenkins from Warriors

February 21, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo and coach Doug Collins weren’t talking out of the other side of their mouths when they told the press not to expect much when the NBA trade deadline approached on Thursday.

What would be the point, both men seemed to say.

At 22-30, the Sixers have 30 games remaining in the season and have yet to see their projected opening night roster. If DiLeo is going to pull the trigger on any type of trade or deal, he has to know what he has first.

“We’re talking to every team in the league and if there is something we think that will improve the team, and not just in the short-term, we’ll see what we can do,” DiLeo said last week. “We’re looking to build.”

As a result, the Sixers added 6-foot-3 guard Charles Jenkins from the Warriors for a protected second-round pick. The Sixers also received cash in the deal. It was a move for Golden State to get out from under the luxury tax. To aid the cause, the Warrors also traded Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta for a second-round pick.

This season Jenkins appeared in 47 games for the Warriors, averaging 1.7 points in 6.2 minutes per game. In his rookie season, Jenkins averaged 5.8 points in 51 games, including 28 starts.

In four years at Hofstra, Jenkins averaged 19.6 points and 3.8 assists per game. He was sixth in the nation in scoring as a senior, averaging 22.6 points per game on 52 percent shooting.

Still, Jenkins wasn’t the line move the Sixers attempted to make before the deadline passed at 3 p.m. Indeed, DiLeo reportedly gave it the ol’ college try, dangling players like Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Nick Young, apparently just listening to proposals to gauge value.

The team also was reportedly interested in Atlanta’s Josh Smith, who ended up staying put, as well as shooter J.J. Redick, who went from Orlando to Milwaukee (see trade deadline recap). Additionally, the Sixers had some interest in Oklahoma City’s backup point guard Eric Maynor, who was dealt to Portland. Then again, the Sixers’ interest in a backup point guard waned after they signed Jeremy Pargo for the rest of the season on Monday.

Otherwise, what you see is what you get with the 2012-13 Philadelphia 76ers ... except for Jenkins and at least until Andrew Bynum makes his debut.

Regardless of the dearth of moves, Collins is OK with the Sixers' standing pat at the deadline. Like DiLeo, Collins believes a desperate move is foolish at this juncture considering all that has occurred for the team this year.

Simply, the Sixers need good health and a chance to assess the roster and they still haven’t had a chance to do any of that yet.

“One thing we have to be careful with is, you don’t want to make a trade to salvage a season,” Collins said Tuesday. “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.”

There were a few moves in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division that could affect how the Sixers finish up in the standings this season. Milwaukee, the team directly ahead of the Sixers for the last spot in the playoff race, acquired Redick for Doron Lamb, Beno Udrih, and Tobias Harris.

Redick can become a free agent at the end of the season.

In the Atlantic, the Celtics acquired shooter Jordan Crawford from the Wizards for injured guard Leandro Barbosa and center Jason Collins.

For the Sixers, though, the team remains in a holding pattern. At some point the team will get a look at its roster and then perhaps the pattern will change.

Next, the stand pat Sixers take on the defending Miami Heat on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Like the Sixers, the Heat were relatively quiet at the deadline.