“One NBA general manager said the Sixers have been making trade inquiries about adding a starting caliber center.
‘They got to be a little panicked now,’ one GM said. ‘They could get a really interesting deal for him. I could see them doing that.’”
That would be an interesting twist to Bynum’s tumultuous tenure as a 76er so far. Bynum, who arrived on August 10th amidst a ton of fanfare, has yet to play a game for the Sixers due to two injured knees. Tom Moore of Phillyburbs.com is reporting that 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo is denying that they are listening to offers for Bynum.
An interesting rumor that Moore mentions involves the 76ers sending forward Dorell Wright to the Minnesota Timberwolves for point guard J.J. Barea. In the same breath, Moore also reports that DiLeo denies that rumor as well.
“An NBA source claimed the Sixers have talked to the Timberwolves about swapping forward Dorell Wright for point guard J.J. Barea.
Prior to Sunday night’s game against the Lakers, Sixers GM Tony DiLeo denied either of the reports was accurate.”
Wright, who just turned 27, is averaging just 6.9 points on the season after averaging 12.9 in the 76ers first seven games of the season. He has not scored more than nine points since November 12th. Wright has seemed to have fallen out of favor with head coach Doug Collins.
Jose Juan “J.J.” Barea, 28, is averaging 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game for the Timberwolves. He has scored in double figures in each of the T’wolves last seven games and is shooting nearly 50% from the field in December alone.
With Jrue Holiday’s recent injury and the lack of a solid, veteran backup point guard, the acquisition of Barea might make sense.
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