Phil Jasner: Trade deadline rumblings for Sixers

By Phil Jasner

HERE’S WHAT YOU REALLY need to know about the NBA trade deadline:

It’s Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.

Between now and then, you will read and hear dozens of rumors involving
the 76ers. Some will have validity, others will not. Remember, there
are Web sites devoted to having something different every day. I’d be
more inclined to pay attention to ones in which people actually sign
their names and take responsibility.

That’s not to say anyone is inventing anything. It’s not unusual for teams or agents to send out trial balloons, just to see how the media and the public might respond.

But here’s what you really need to know. Teams won’t start putting their best offers on the table until, say, 2:30 p.m., Feb. 18.

Maybe 2:45.

Maybe 2:55.

Maybe a few general managers will even ask the NBA office for an extension because they have discussions under way but might not be able to finalize a deal until after 3 p.m.

To me, that means if there’s going to be a bidding war for Andre Iguodala, it might not begin in earnest until then. And that’s assuming that, between now and then, the Sixers remain interested in trading their best player. Or even whether they remain interested in trading Samuel Dalembert. (Last time I checked, they really don’t have another center or another player capable of consistent double-figure rebounding and consistent shot-blocking.)

I can’t tell you I hear everything, but I do hear some things. We all have "sources;" some are more reliable than others. I have a handful that I trust implicitly. Still, I can’t guarantee the information is totally pure, but here is some of it:

While the speculation revolving around Iguodala has been most prevalent lately, one of my sources who is familiar with the situations of the Sixers and the Houston Rockets suggests that the Sixers "are not prepared to break up their team."

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