The Philadelphia 76ers put together a full blown fire sale during the Feb. 20 trade deadline. However, the Sixers have already made this entire season into a fire sale, as they've gutted their roster for about a year now, regardless of the losses it would bring. With the Sixers in the midst of their biggest losing streak to date, they spared Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes from enduring it any longer, as they sent them to the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers instead.
In return, Indiana's Danny Granger will now go from the East's best team to its worst, although that obviously won't help Philadelphia right now -- especially with Granger being injury prone. What will help is the five second round draft picks the Sixers got from all their trade deadline deals.
Of course, success in the NBA draft isn't guaranteed, as Turner himself showed in his mixed tenure at Philadelphia. Despite being the second pick in the draft four years ago, Turner never proved himself to be a real star for the Sixers. However, now he can be a supporting player for the Pacers as they work towards overthrowing the Miami Heat for the East and NBA crown.
Turner won't go to Indiana alone, however, as Lavoy Allen was also sent away in the trade. Yet Allen will mostly fill out the bench for the Pacers, as he averaged just over five points and had only two starts in Philadelphia this season. Still, he and Turner could both wear championship rings anyway in about four months time.
Hawes likely won't be so lucky with the Cavaliers, although they are pushing for a playoff berth -- and could face Turner and the Pacers in the first round. Ironically, Hawes' last game with the Sixers was against the Cavaliers on Feb. 19, where he scored just two points in a 29-point blowout loss.
Philadelphia was getting blown out left and right even before it traded two of its five starters. With only Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young left to carry the Sixers, the nightmares of the 2013-14 season may only be getting started. Nevertheless, this season was never the Sixers' top priority, which made their latest moves even more necessary and inevitable.