Sure, it was a risk, and at this point in the season with the Sixers struggling mightily and Bynum yet to suit up for a single second, it may not look like the strongest or smartest move. But at least they did something.
Looking back it may be easy to point the finger at Sixers' brass. You could criticize them for making such a risky move, trading away the team's lone all-star, and banking the future of the franchise on a guy whose knees are made out of nachos. All valid points. But, at least they did something.
Haven't you ever been to Vegas? Do the guys scared to spend the $60 in their hand usually walk away with two fistfuls of chips? No. More often than not, you need to bet big to win big, and this is exactly what the Sixers did.
|The Sixers finally moved Iguodala last summer.
The team had been stuck in mediocre mode for way too long, and another season with virtually the same roster would have produced similar results. Would the Sixers be better situated in the Conference currently if they had kept the roster in tact from last season? It's possible. But, were they truly going to be able to compete with the Heat or a healthy Bulls squad with that bunch? The short answer is no, and so they did something. The fact that it hasn't (yet) worked out aside, the move was made with the future of the franchise in mind.
After several seasons of minimal moves and the team laying dormant as a first-round doormat, the fact that the management even made such a risky move is a good sign going forward. It shows that they are willing to take risks to improve, and are also willing to throw their hat in the ring when it comes to big names and big contracts; something they haven't shown since Iverson's departure.
So while the trade that (finally) shipped Andre Iguodala out of town hasn't paid dividends on the hardwood yet, it lays a solid foundation for the future of the franchise; at least in terms of management's willingness to make moves.