HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — That’s quite a revolving door they’ve got spinning around in Philadelphia.
One day the rumor mill has Andre Iguodala going cross country to the Warriors in exchange for little man Monta Ellis. The next day the gossip is focused a bit south down the California coast where Iguodala could go to the Clippers for big man Chris Kaman.
Looming over everything is the story that long-time club owner Ed Snider is on the verge of selling the Sixers.
In one scenario, bringing in Ellis would put the Sixers in a go-go attack with a small lineup that could get up and down the floor and score points. But it would also mean that Ellis has to fit into a backcourt with fellow speedsters Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams as one more guy who needs the ball in his hands to be effective. And are we really sure Evan Turner could thrive at small forward?
In the second option, the Sixers are going back to a traditional lineup with a big man in Kaman in the middle, though they would be taking a gamble on a center that’s missed 117 games due to injury over the past four seasons. He’d be paired with his former Clippers teammate, Elton Brand, but wouldn’t that clog up the low post?
Does any of it really matter if the Sixers don’t get a new owner in place who is totally committed to winning? Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that’s the necessary first step:
Getting a new billionaire owner isn’t necessarily a magic solution to a sports franchise’s problems. Ask fans of the NFL team in Washington about that. We don’t know whether Joshua Harris is the next Daniel Snyder or James Dolan or whether he’d be another Mark Cuban or Arthur Blank. We don’t even know whether any of those examples would be the right sort to restore the Sixers to first-class citizenship.
The best case, of course, is that he’s a competitive guy with a mean streak who will do whatever it takes to win a title. It looks as if we’ll find out.
The latter deal certainly would seem to make sense for the Clippers, who say they’re committed to DeAndre Jordan at center. Iguodala could be a good fit on the front line with Rookie of the Year power forward Blake Griffin.
It’s the Sixers, determined finally it seems, to move Iguodala, who have to make up their minds. Big or small? Fast or slow? In or out? The revolving door keeps spinning and maybe it doesn’t stop until a new owner is in place.
Ellis or Kaman? Hey, Allen Iverson is evidently available again.
Which way should the Sixers go?