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    Assuming Kenyon Martin can provide at least some minutes this year, I don't see how this is anything but a good thing.

    The teams that combined on December's Allen Iverson blockbuster trade are hooking up for another deal Monday, according to NBA front-office sources.

    Philadelphia and Denver have agreed on a deal expected to send reserve center Steven Hunter and second-year forward Bobby Jones to Iverson's Nuggets for forward Reggie Evans and the draft rights to Puerto Rican forward Ricky Sanchez.

    The trade is scheduled to be announced later Monday.

    The Nuggets knew they were thrusting themselves into luxury-tax territory when they won the Iverson Sweepstakes, but this deal will enable them to shed nearly $8 million in salary.

    They're also getting themselves a backup for veteran center Marcus Camby by tapping into their depth at power forward, believing that Evans would have struggled for minutes with Kenyon Martin expected to make his comeback from a second microfracture knee surgery and with Nene Hilario and George Karl favorite Eduardo Najera also ahead of him at the position.

    In Evans, Philadelphia lands one of the league's foremost per-minute rebounders. Evans offset his offensive limitations by averaging 7.0 boards in 17.1 minutes per game for the Nuggets last season and has a career average of 7.2 rebounds in just 19.9 minutes.

    If there's a risk for the 76ers, it's the foot injury suffered by starting center Samuel Dalembert while playing for Canada in the recent pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Las Vegas. Yet Sixers president Billy King said last week that the club expects Dalembert to be ready for the start of training camp Oct. 2 in Durham, N.C. Dalembert started all 82 games last season.

    Hunter has been available via trade for well over a year, after the Sixers nearly dealt him to New Orleans in February 2006. The trade with the Hornets, halfway through Hunter's first season in Philadelphia, would have sent two second-round picks to Philadelphia but was rescinded by the Hornets because of unspecified health concerns. The 7-footer averaged 6.4 points and 4.8 minutes for the Sixers last season, playing 70 games and averaging 22.9 minutes.

  • #2
    Seems like a decent trade for the Nuggs.


    • #3
      Go Nugs!


      • #4
        You guys are prolly too young to remember .... but, from the MAJORLY-IRONIC file:

        The Nuggets once traded a power forward named Bobby Jones TO the 76ers!!!! ... 25-30 years ago.


        • #5
          Ahhhhh, memories. I loved that guy. Was a kid when Brown drafted him:

          "Take that, Clyde..."

          “Bobby Jones gives you two hours of his blood, showers and goes home,” former Sixers General Manager Pat Williams told NBA Today. “If I was going to ask a youngster to model after someone, I would pick Bobby Jones.” Added longtime 76ers teammate Julius Erving, “He’s a player who’s totally selfless, who runs like a deer, jumps like a gazelle, plays with his head and heart each night, and then walks away from the court as if nothing happened.”

          As for his almost polite approach to the game, Jones believed that anything less would have been downright unchristian. “If I have to play defense by holding on, that’s when I quit,” Jones said early in his career. “If I have to use an elbow to get position, then I’m going to have to settle for another position. And if I foul, or if the official makes a mistake, there’s no use screaming about it. It won’t change things or make me happier.”

          On one of the few occasions Jones did address a referee, it was to point out that the official had called a foul on the wrong player: it was Jones, not a teammate, who was the guilty party. The trusting ref changed his call and assigned the foul to Jones—his fifth of the game. Larry Brown, Jones’s coach with the Denver Nuggets, remarked, “Watching Bobby Jones on the basketball court is like watching an honest man in a liars’ poker game.”

          The 6-foot-9 forward played with an almost boyish respect for the game, its rules, and its traditions. He always raised his hand when called for a foul. When Nuggets teammate Paul Silas


          • #6
            Originally posted by BroncoBuff View Post
            You guys are prolly too young to remember .... but, from the MAJORLY-IRONIC file:

            The Nuggets once traded a power forward named Bobby Jones TO the 76ers!!!! ... 25-30 years ago.
            You know what's funny about this, is I was searching for older good players who might have been more obscure for the All-Time NBA draft, and this guy's name came up on a couple. When I went to google him for more info, I kept getting information on the current Bobby Jones who plays (well, played) for Philly. Quite frustrating.


            • #7
              Bobby Jones is a nice player. He'll be a nice glue guy if he gets the chance to play...