NBA trade rumors involve the Philadelphia 76ers needing to make a move and the possibility of an Andrew Bynum trade taking place before the deadline. The team has to do something, though, and even head coach Doug Collins is pretty aware of that fact at this point.
When asked about the possibility of making a trade, Collins stated, "Would I? Yeah. I would. Can I? I don't know." This seems to indicate that he has to not only find the right move for the team to make, but also that it may be more up to the general manager of the team to make an impact trade.
At 10-8 this season, the 76ers aren't exactly struggling, but the team doesn't look good enough to seriously contend for an NBA title. A lot of that could be blamed on Bynum living up to no expectations placed upon him since coming over from the LA Lakers.
In the updated Eastern Conference standings, there are five teams with a better record than the 76ers and two others that also have 10 wins. That could put the 76ers as the eighth seed in the playoffs, with a real risk of dropping further if a team like the Milwaukee Bucks or Cleveland Cavaliers can figure things out.
With a lot of room under the salary cap in the coming years, Philadelphia definitely has the flexibility to make a deal and still offer Bynum a nice contract extension. The other option is to deal him to a team in the Western Conference hoping to use him in the second half or bring him back next year.
Philadelphia definitely has to seriously consider doing something soon, though, because the team is starting to fade with the lack of depth. Even if it turns out to be a minor deal, the 76ers have got to address their bench problems.
Will NBA trade rumors involving the Philadelphia 76ers actually lead to something this season? Is another Andrew Bynum trade coming soon?