Sixers Notes: Dwight Howard to Philly…Trade Iggy…Sign Crawford?
Could the Sixers land Dwight Howard?
According to a report by David Pingalore of Orlando's WKMG-TV (via Liberty Ballers), the Sixers are one of the teams talking with the Magic about acquiring Howard.
Would Sixers fans even want to bring Howard in to the mix? To me the answer should be yes.
In the NBA there you either have to be a championship level team or crash-and-burn, being stuck in the middle is something Sixers fans know all-to-well. I would take a shot on Howard, hope he likes it here and see if he will stay, if not, he leaves and you either become a lousy team (crash-and-burn theory) or you have money to spend with both Howard and Elton Brands money coming off the books for the 2013 free agent class.
In 2013, guys like Taj Gibson, Ty Lawson, Stephen Curry, David West, Chris Paul, Andrew Bynum, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Tyreke Evans, Al Jefferson and others are all free agents, clearing out both Brand and Howard would give the Sixers $36 million to play with in 2013.
According to CSNNW.com, the Sixers are one of five teams that are interested in the services of guard Jamal Crawford. Crawford opted out of a two-year, $10 million deal he signed last December with the Trail Blazers. He averaged 14.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assist per game last season, and will add a scoring punch off the bench for whichever team he lands with. He could replace Lou Williams who could leave via free agency and give the Sixers some more size as a guard off the bench - neither Williams or Crawford are noted for their defense.
Coach Doug Collins confirmed that he sees rookie swing-man Moe Harkless as a bench player initially. At 6'8/208 with excellent athleticism and rebounding ability, Harkless can certainly fill the role as Andre Iguodala's back-up at the small forward position. However, should the Sixers strike while the iron's hot on Iguodala's and sell high, let Thad Young play more small forward with Harkless as the main back-up.
We asked Sixers Post-Game live analyst from Comcast Sports Net; Marc Jackson his thoughts on all these topics and more on the Sixers off season: