As the clock ticks toward Thursday's NBA trading deadline, what will the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers do?
In an interview with the Daily News, team president Rod Thorn didn’t say the Sixers wouldn’t do anything, but it sure sounds as though nothing will happen.
“There’s always a lot of talk going on at this time of the year, we’ve talked with most of the teams throughout the league,” said Thorn. “Right now to say if anything is going to transpire or not, you just don’t know. I couldn’t say one way or the other. You listen to everything and try to see if there’s something that could help your team without breaking it up.”
Around the All-Star break, when the Sixers had lost eight of 10 games and were offensively mired in muck, a move didn’t only seem like a good idea, but probably necessary. Now, with Evan Turner bringing new life back into the offense and the return of Spencer Hawes on the horizon, staying status quo seems to be the way they’ll go.
Since Turner’s addition to the starting lineup four games ago, the team is averaging 101.5 points a game, is getting to the foul line more and seems to have a new energy about them. In Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks, coach Doug Collins basically used a seven-man rotation, obviously showing how much he wanted to win the division game. When Hawes returns, the rotation will probably be bumped up to eight, with Lou Williams, Thad Young and Nikola Vucevic probably getting almost all the meaningful minutes off the bench.
It will be different look for the team, even if it doesn’t mean a trade is coming.
“With what has transpired over the last three or four games and now with Spencer coming back, coach has said we want to see how these guys play together, and we’re all anxious to see how they are going to play together,” Thorn said. “So far, with Evan in the starting lineup, it has worked out very well and we want to continue to do that. With Spencer coming back, though he’ll be limited to an extent at the beginning, I’m looking forward to seeing how this team is going to play.”
Read more from Thorn in tomorrow's Daily News.