Biggest Sixers trades of the last 50 years
As part of a four-team trade, the Sixers acquire Bynum from the Lakers and Jason Richardson from the Magic and trade Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets and Nikola Vucevic, Mo Harkless and 2018 first-round pick to the Magic.
Bynum was coming off an All-Star season with the Lakers and was just 24 years old. Iguodala was the team's "star" but he wasn't that kind of player. The Sixers viewed the trade as a way to get out of his contract.
Iguodala has won multiple championships and a Finals MVP and Vucevic has turned himself into an above-average starting center. Bynum never suited up for the Sixers, but we’ll always have the press conference at the Constitution Center and the bowling jokes.
The Sixers acquire Webber, Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley from the Kings for Brian Skinner, Kenny Thomas and Corliss Williamson.
Like the Bynum deal, there was serious buzz around this trade. After failing to find a running mate for Allen Iverson in other trades, Billy King swung a deal for the five-time All-Star Webber.
While both Webber and Iverson had individual success during their time together, the team grossly underachieved, losing in five games in the first round in 2004-05 and then failing to make the playoffs the following season. Webber was waived the next season.
The Sixers acquire Mutombo and Roshown McLeod from the Hawks for Toni Kukoc, Nazr Mohammed, Theo Ratliff and Pepe Sanchez.
Kukoc was one of several failed sidekicks the Sixers tried to acquire for Iverson. Ratliff had been a defensive stalwart for Larry Brown’s squad, but a broken wrist sidelined the 2000-01 All-Star for most of the season. Enter the four-time Defensive Player of the Year Mutombo.
Mutombo’s stint with the Sixers was brief, but chances are they don’t have their magical run to the Finals without him. He averaged 13.9 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks during the postseason.
The Sixers trade Barkley for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry.
Unfortunately, a couple of the biggest Sixers trades involved them sending a star out of town. Barkley was beloved and he was just coming off his sixth-straight All-Star appearance. But the team was coming off a 35-47 season.
Barkley went on to win his first and only MVP award during his first year in Phoenix. Hornacek was a solid player but didn’t come close to easing the sting of losing Barkley.
The Sixers trade Iverson and Ivan McFarlin to the Nuggets for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two first-round picks.
Another painful one to remember. A.I. won four scoring titles, was named league MVP and got the Sixers to the Finals for the first time since 1982-83. As sad as it was to see the Answer leave town, it seemed to be time for everyone to move on.
Iverson would never replicate the success he had in Philly and would eventually return for a brief stint in 2009-10 before retiring. Miller and Smith were both gone within three seasons and neither first-round pick played a game for the Sixers.
The Sixers acquire Butler and Justin Patton from the Timberwolves for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and 2022.
This trade is still fresh, but as far as hype goes, it’s right up there. Butler is one of the best-two way players in the game and gives the Sixers the third star they’ve coveted.
Covington and Saric are tough players to lose, and Butler comes with some questions marks, but Elton Brand saw an opportunity to acquire a star and pounced. This is probably the most-hyped Sixers trade since …
The Sixers acquire Malone from the Rockets for Caldwell Jones and a first-round pick.
Malone was fresh off his second MVP award and the Sixers had lost two of the last three NBA Finals to the Lakers. They were looking for the final piece to get them over the top.
Malone delivered yet another regular season MVP award, a Finals MVP and helped Julius Erving capture the team’s first title since 1967. Unless Butler gets the Sixers a championship, this is easily the greatest trade for the franchise of the last 50 years. Of course the trading of Malone a few years later is among the team's worst trades.