Sixers, Rockets Were Talking Trade Until Final Hour

Written By Bob Cunningham On Thursday, February 24, 2011
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets were talking right up until the 3PM trade deadline about a deal for forward Shane Battier.

Per Stein, the deal would have included Jason Kapono and Marreese Speights.

Speights is still fairly young with a lot of upside, but has had a problem staying on the court consistently throughout the season.

Kapono, acquired for his ability to shoot the three for center Reggie Evans before the 2009-2010 season, has not seen any time since the beginning of the season and carries an expiring contract of $6.6 million.

Battier wound up being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Hasheem Thabeet and a first-round pick.

Even though it seems like the Sixers' management was trying to at least make a small move before the deadline, at least one guy in the Sixers locker room thinks the fact that no move was made is a positive reflection on the current roster.

"It means a lot to us," Thaddeus Young said after the trade deadline had passed. "It shows that they have a lot of confidence in us, that they think great things of us and that they think we are a good team. We have proven night in and night out that we can go out and compete with the best of them."

I'm not sure if that's exactly what it means, but the team clearly wasn't trying too hard to make a move, so maybe it does show some confidence in the roster and the rotation head coach Doug Collins has pieced together.

The Sixers currently hold the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference at just one game under .500 with 25 games left to be played in the regular season.

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