Sixers setting up for superstar run

Dorrell Wright’s contract expires after this season.

When the NBA’s hot stove got cooking over the last couple weeks, the Eastern Conference was active.
The Nets added Joe Johnson, the Heat signed Ray Allen, the Knicks lured Jason Kidd and the Celtics sprung for Jason Terry. The Sixers? Meet Kwame Brown, Nick Young and Dorrell Wright. Say goodbye to Elton Brand, Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks.

“We had a plan,” coach Doug Collins said. “They weren’t necessarily going to be home runs, but they were going to be guys that added exactly what we needed.”

The Sixers think they got better with the moves, but realistically any improvement in talent is marginal. The real key to the 2012-13 roster is the sudden salary cap flexibility.

Brown was signed to a two-year pact, Young to a one-year contract and Wright’s deal expires after this year. In the summer of 2014, Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes will be unrestricted free agents. For the first time in a decade, the Sixers aren’t saddled with a fistful of ugly contracts.

“The big thing about it is that you don’t want to get locked into contracts that you have no chance to get better,” Collins said. “That’s one of the things we want to stay away from.”

By avoiding those nightmare contracts, the Sixers are setting themselves up for another run at a superstar free agent. The $80-million Brand signing in 2008 proved to be an unmitigated disaster, culminating with the Sixers paying $16 million for him to play in Dallas this season.

That was strike one. The new plan has the Sixers developing young talent while setting themselves up for another big swing.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.