Sixers' phones 'pretty quiet' as deadline looms

Sixers' phones 'pretty quiet' as deadline looms
February 20, 2013, 10:00 pm

Doug Collins doesn't expect for the Sixers to deal Evan Turner or any other players at the trade deadline. (USA Today Images)

MINNEAPOLIS – What should a struggling team that is depleted by injuries do at the trade deadline?

That is the question facing the Sixers and there is no quick answer for what currently ails the franchise.

The NBA’s trade deadline is 3 p.m. on Thursday. As of Wednesday night, head coach Doug Collins had not spoken to general manager Tony Dileo. However, Collins said prior to Wednesday that the Sixers’ “phones were pretty quiet.”

“If he hears something or sees something, he will give me a call,” Collins added.

Evan Turner was reported in a couple of trade rumors, which is the nature of the business this time of year when plenty of players’ names are being thrown around in proposed deals.

“I think people just throw things out there to see if it will fit,” Collins said. “I try to spin it with guys. If your name is being mentioned, that means somebody out there likes you. So I try to put a positive spin on it and that they should be flattered that people are talking about them.

“Nobody really wants to get traded. Guys always think the grass is always greener somewhere else, but at the end of the day most guys don’t want to be traded.”

Collins is in his fourth NBA coaching stop, and to this point he was never involved in a deadline deal.

Looking around the league, the most talked about names are players that will become free agents at the end of this season such as Atlanta’s Josh Smith, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard and Orlando’s J.J. Redick.

“If you do that (trade for and upcoming free agent), you have to be sure you are going to sign the guy or are you going to rent the guy for 30 games,” Collins said. “So you have to make a big decision on that. And with the salaries today, you have to make money meet and there are a lot of different criteria.”

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