Maalik Wayns! At some point over the last few days the Sixers added the former Villanova star to their bizarre roster. It was just the latest in a very strange summer. Their offseason has induced head scratch after head scratch. Clearly, they're not built to make huge strides in 2012-2013 and they fittingly landed on Sports Illustrated's list of most concerning offseasons.
Zach Lowe does a nice job running through all of the moves and pointing out that they didn't exactly get any better. But the kicker... the kicker is that they're flexible and probably (hopefully!) have some sort of longer term plan in place. After mentioning their potentially limited cap space next summer, he concludes:
That could change if they dump Iguodala between now and then, and I
suspect the Sixers have a few possible next steps in mind. They’ve
replaced Brand’s single massive contract with several mid-sized ones
that might be easier to fit in package deals, and mostly expire after
this season anyway. Let’s see what they do.
Yes, let's see what they do next. But we have to watch them until they do whatever is next. That may be painful-ish.
Lowe's conclusion basically goes along with the idea that the next season or two are going to be a real test to see if Jrue and Evan are worth building around to form a legit contender for the future. If not? Well, then we've got to come up with another plan.
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Penn State looked like a bona fide National Championship contender in its blowout win over Michigan on Saturday (see story).
That said, the Nittany Lions remained one spot behind unanimous No. 1 Alabama, who beat Tennessee Saturday, at No. 2. In fact, the top eight teams remain the same from last week's poll, meaning that No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Wisconsin round out the top five.
With their statement win over the Wolverines, the Nittany Lions knocked Michigan, previously No. 19, entirely out of the Top 25.
Penn State faces its highest ranked opponent of the season on Saturday, when the Nittany Lions travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play No. 6 Ohio State.
For this week's full AP poll, click here.