Man, I love this time of year. We could be watching one of the best finals in long time with stars on each side. The Thunder-Heat series has seven games written all over it. The Finals, going on the NBA rumors, are running ramped and our Sixers are right in the middle of the action.
Where to start, where to start? Let me begin with the man who may or may not be calling the shots for this off-season, Mr. Rod Thorn.
Thorn’s contract runs out as general manager at the end of this upcoming season, but he has about five years on it to be a team consultant for them. So the Sixers head men (including Collins and Thorn himself) have started the process of finding his replacement. At the head of that list is former GM Danny Ferry. Ummm, not really crazy about that dude considering the only thing he did good for the Cavs was draft Lebron. Though Ferry is now the vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs, so maybe he has learned something. I would actually like to see them go after Kiki Vandeweghe. He put together a pretty nice Denver squad a couple of years back. Now you have Charles Barkley throwing his name into the fire. He would be entertaining as hell but I just don’t see him being able to do the job. There is also rumors that Collins is the one pushing out Thorn early. There are reports that he wants more power, supposedly him and Thorn have a little beef going on. Either way Sixers need to get this done if they want to replace Thorn this year. This off-season is too important for them to drag their feet on this. Rumor time!
Lou/Spencer: Lou is most likely opting out and he has actually tweeted about it earlier in the week. Spencer is an unrestricted free agent. They are both reportedly asking for $7 million per for a starting point. No thanks fellas!
Brand: Still have not seen that the Sixers are definitely amnestying him. Maybe they are seeing what plays out after the draft. If they keep him they could use him as trading chip at the deadline. NBA always love those expiring contracts, especially one at $18 million.
Iggy: There is all kinds stuff going on with him. Rumors of him going to the Warriors for the 7th pick. Also reports of him maybe going to the Raptors for 8th pick. Both teams are looking for a swingman. Still hearing chatter about Iggy for Rudy Gay straight up. Gay is a nice player but not what I am looking for. I can see all this going down with Iggy involved. I also can see him staying here. One last thing about Iggy, he was traded last summer for Monta Ellis only to be vetoed by the Sixers sale not being complete, according to InsideHoops.com
Draft: This is where things could be getting fun. Like I said before there are reports of the Sixers moving up in the draft. There are also rumors of them wanting to trade the pick for a veteran. I believe they are leaving all their options open. Seeing what makes the most sense. When it comes to drafting at #15 the Sixers have been linked to guard Austin Rivers, power forward Terrence Jones, power forward Arnett Moultrie and swing-man Terrence Ross.