On Thursday the Philadelphia 76ers traded guard Willie Green and forward Jason Smith to the New Orleans Hornets for forwards Darius Songalia and Craig Brackins. Songalia is a seven-year pro that has bounced around from team to team. Last season he averaged 7.2 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game. Brackins was a first round pick (#21 overall) this season from Iowa State. New 76ers president Rod Thorn had targeted Brackins in the draft this season and was finally able to acquire him.
This was a good move for the 76ers. Green never really had a solid place on this team. He is simply just a backup shooting guard which are a dime-a-dozen in the NBA. Smith was a former first round pick that never quite lived up to his billing. Smith was plagued by injuries. But even when healthy, he wasn’t more than a 10 minute-a-game player off the bench. Songalia is an expiring contract making $4.8 million this season. He will provide the 76ers with some depth at the forward position. Brackins is a very intriguing young player. He was named to the All Big 12 Second-Team at Iowa State this season averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Brackins started all 32 games for the Cyclones and has proved to be very durable over his college career. He came out of the draft as a junior so this will not be a project for the 76ers.
This is viewed as a simple addition by subtraction move. It’s good to see the Hornets taking Green of the 76ers’ hands. I also think that Brackins could be a nice young player. He provides some depth at the forward position and is very athletic. Hopefully he will challenge Mareese Speights for the premiere backup power forward role. This is also a good move because the 76ers need to start exploring their future at the power forward position. Elton Brand looks to be a bust and Speights has yet to prove that he can play a lick of defense. The Sixers have made some interesting moves this offseason and finally look to be moving in the right direction. With the acquisition of Spencer Hawes and the drafting Evan Turner, the 76ers are clearly rebuilding. They could even provide a little excitement for this basketball team. This season could be a stepping stone in the 76ers’ quest to get back in the yearly playoff picture.