The Sixers started off the week with a feel good story as the team signed Kevin Grow, a Bensalem High School basketball player with down syndrome, to a two day contract. Grow practiced with the team on Monday in official Sixers practice gear and on Tuesday he took part in pregame activities along with getting his own locker decorated with his own game jersey. Evan Turner said to Grow, “Nice jersey, right? We had a guy last year he was No.33. He never wore it. It’s all yours.” The feel good story didn’t last long once the game started as the Sixers fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-85. MCW had 15 points, 1 assist, and an abysmal seven turnovers. Carter-Williams was held out of practice on Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms.
Spencer Hawes was having his best season as a Sixer and probably of his career but the center was shipped to Cleveland for two second round picks, 6 foot 10 inches forward Earl Clark, and center Henry Sims. Head coach Brett Brown commented on the trade, “I think he is a good person and a more than capable player. He is 25 years old and 7-1. Spencer has been good.” The deal gives the Sixers 7 draft picks in this upcoming draft which include their own first round pick, a top five protected first round pick from the New Orleans Pelicans, and five second round picks. The Sixers then waived forward Earl Clark the same day they acquired him. The Sixers also acquired Eric Maynor and two more second round picks in a three team deal with Washington and Denver in a deal where the Sixers gave up nothing.
The Sixers dealt guard Evan Turner and forward Lavoy Allen for Indiana Pacers veteran forward Danny Granger and a 2015 second round draft pick right before the 3 pm deadline. Granger is making $14 million and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013-2014 season. A day after Evan Turner was traded he took himself to Instagram as he posted a picture thanking the Sixer faithful for the support. The Sixers acquired 25 year old center Byron Mullens and second round draft pick for the 2018 NBA draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers for a conditional second round draft pick.
The Sixers played shorthanded on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks as the Sixers fell 124-112. On the first night without Turner, Hawes, and Allen on the team Thaddeus Young stepped up and scored 30 points on a career high 29 shots, a career high 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and 7 steals. MCW didn’t slack either as he scored 25 points, dished out 6 assists and pulled down 5 rebounds.