Sixers Notes: Trade Rumors Swirling Around Andrew Bynum, Dorell Wright
Dorell Wright has played more minutes recently with Jrue Holiday out, scoring nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with nine rebounds, four assists, and one steal on Friday night, he added six points, seven rebounds and nine assists on Sunday against the Lakers.
However, his playing time has been sporadic this season after coming over from Golden State this off season. Wright started every game he played in for Golden State over the last two years, averaging 13.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per contest. In Philly, he has seen his playing time dip to just over 20 minutes per game with averages of 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Now he could be on the move.
According to a report by Sixers beat writer Tom Moore from Calkins Media, Moore cites an NBA source claiming the Sixers have talked to the Timberwolves about swapping forward Dorell Wright for point guard J.J. Barea.
The deal makes some sense for the Timberwolves. Barea is having a solid season for Minnesota, but his playing time could be cut with the return of Ricky Rubio and they could use some depth at the two-guard with the loss of Brandon Roy.
Bynum on the move?
Earlier we updated a report about Andrew Bynum's knees, more will come on that on Thursday, but are the Sixers thinking about trading their big man?
Depends on who you ask.
One NBA General Manager told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports that the Sixers have been making trade inquiries about adding a starting caliber center. "They got to be a little panicked now," the GM said. "They could get a really interesting deal for him. I could see them doing that." 76ers GM Tony DiLeo told Tom Moore of Calkins Newspapers that he hasn't been shopping Bynum because he wants to see what the team looks like at full strength.
At this point, many feel that Bynum might never play for the Sixers and if they could deal him at this point they should. But John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer hears there's no question Bynum will play at some point this season according to a very reliable source.