May 16, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) is defended by Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) during the third quarter in game three of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Arena. The Celtics defeated the Sixers 107-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Doug Collins Wants Spencer Hawes In 'Pau Gasol Role'

"I want (Hawes) to play the Pau Gasol role with Bynum," Collins said. "Both (Hawes and Gasol) like to play out on the perimeter because they can shoot the ball and are very good passers."

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Doug Collins Wants Spencer Hawes In 'Pau Gasol Role'

The new Philadelphia 76ers big-men tandem of Spencer Hawes and Andrew Bynum is expected to be one of the best in the NBA in 2012-13. And if coach Doug Collins had it his way, the two would be just like a duo Bynum is familiar with.

"I want (Hawes) to play the Pau Gasol role with Bynum," Collins said. "Both (Hawes and Gasol) like to play out on the perimeter because they can shoot the ball and are very good passers."

That's what Collins told NBA.com writer Max Rapport, who wrote an piece about Hawes' expectations for the upcoming season.

In the conclusion, Rapport said if Hawes is healthy for a full year and he works as well as Gasol did alongside Bynum, this could be a breakout year for the 23-year-old forward.

The full piece can be read here.

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Andrew Bynum Trade: Buyer Beware, But Who Cares?

The Andrew Bynum trade was one the 76ers had to make, but the acquisition is not without plenty of risk. Then again, you don't get anywhere in life without taking risks.

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Philadelphia 76ers Odds And Ends After Andrew Bynum Trade

A look at the 76ers potential starting lineup, salary cap flexibility, and draft pick situation after the Andrew Bynum trade.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: 76ers Could Gain Andrew Bynum, Send Andre Iguodala To Nuggets In 4-Team Deal

As it was reported earlier Thursday, the 76ers are involved in the four-team trade discussion centered around the discontent of Magic center Dwight Howard. It could be worth it, though.

I speculated that Andrew Bynum could be apart of the deal for Philly, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski's report, that appears to be the case. Here are the details:

There are multiple moving parts in the fluid talks, but the framework of a possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Affalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

It would be tough to see Iguodala go, especially as he comes into his own as a seasoned veteran, but building around Bynum could easily be viewed as more promising for the 76ers with all that young perimeter talent to pair him with.

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76ers Offseason 2012: Philadelphia Signs Maalik Wayns

From one team in Philadelphia to another.

On Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced the signing of Maalik Wayns, a rookie free-agent from Villanova, according to timesherald.com.

Supposedly the contract Wayns signed is comparable to the deal another local guy, Lavoy Allen was inked to, which was reportedly a $60,000 signing bonus and the rookie minimum of $473,604 if he makes the team.

The Philly native was by far the best player on his team last year. Despite the struggles of Villanova in 2011-12, Wayns was a star, scoring 17.6 point per game to accompany 4.6 assists.

Wayns is undersized at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, but could grow more into that frame. The youngster showed off some ability this summer for the Orlando Magic in the Summer League, averaging over 11 points per contest.

With the injury suffered by Xavier Silas earlier in the offseason, the Sixers have some room at the guard position to give some people a chance.

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2012 NBA Free Agency: Nick Young To Sign With 76ers, According To Reports

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed in principle to sign Los Angeles Clippers guard Nick Young, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. While the terms of the contract have yet to be finalized, Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that Young will sign a one-year contract for around $6 million dollars.

In 62 games between the Clippers and the Washington Wizards, Young averaged 14.2 points and 2.1 rebounds a game for the two franchises. While Young was a starter in Washington, the Clippers utilized Young as their three-point specialist off the bench. Young had a few big moments with the Clippers during their postseason run, including his three three-pointers during Los Angeles' 21-point fourth quarter come-from-behind-win against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Young will compete for minutes on the wing against players that include Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and rookie Maurice Harkless.

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