Unless you’ve been living on Mars these past 48-hrs you must have noticed that the Eastern Conference has made a few changes. The New York Knicks have added another star to their roster, Carmelo Anthony, and the New Jersey Nets have added Deron Williams.
So I did a little thinking and tried to figure out whom, if anyone, the Sixers could add to keep up with the Joneses. Unfortunately the answer is nobody right now, however there is one guy that could possibly make the team better that shouldn’t cost too much.
Reports are coming out that the Denver Nuggets are in a selling mode, and are looking to get younger. Apparently one of the guys they’re interested in selling is Nene Hilario. Nene is averaging 15 points and over seven rebounds per game, and would be a perfect fit for the scrappy Sixers team.
So the question you’re probably asking yourself is “who would the Sixers have to give up in order to get Nene?” Well if you’re hoping the answer to that question is Andre Iguodala, I’m sorry to disappoint you. But after toying around with ESPN.com’s trade machine, if the Sixers were willing to part ways with Marreese Speights, a deal may be possible.
Speights should have enough value around the NBA and is still considered a young talented big man with tremendous upside. NBA scouts appear to love his offense ability and maybe the Nuggets would be willing to overlook his lack of a presence of defense if they’re really serious about starting their youth movement.
Naturally the Sixers would have to send a few more players in the deal to make the money match up along with a draft pick. So I was thinking they could throw in Andres Nocioni, and Darius Songalia.
Songalia is far from a sought-after commodity, however he is in the last year of his deal, and in the NBA a player in the last year of his contract is just as desirable as the head cheerleader in high school. Nocioni on the other hand is a hard working forward who gives 100% every time he’s on the floor, something he hardly does in Philadelphia. Nocioni can knock down an open jumper and brings it on the defensive side of the floor. Those three players, along with a second round pick should get the deal done.
I would love to act as if this is a rumor that I heard from “sources close to the team” and see how many people believed it, but instead I’m simply presenting it truthfully as just an idea that made sense.