Traditionally, NBA teams try to avoid spending $80 million on a bench player. ThatÆs the very situation the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves in, as their biggest free agent acquisition this decade, Elton Brand, lost his spot in the SixersÆ starting lineup last Monday to rookie guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday retained his starting spot last Wednesday, and from the sound of it, BrandÆs spot on the bench may become a permanent fixture in the SixersÆ lineup, especially with forward Marreese Speights' recent return nearly a month ahead of schedule. Since BrandÆs move to the bench, the Sixers are 2-3, including a stunning win over Boston this past Friday. Considering the arc of the rest of the season, the Sixers made huge strides last week toward becoming a legitimately competitive NBA team f ...
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