Sixers trade deadline rumor tracker

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Sixers trade deadline rumor tracker

Updated: 12:15 p.m.

There's a parade in town today, in case you hadn't heard.

But it's also the NBA trade deadline, and the Sixers could very well make a move for an additional scorer (see story).

Keep it locked here throughout the day for Sixers updates ahead of the 3 p.m. deadline:

Hesitant to move a first
Tyreke Evans has been connected to the Sixers over the last week, but the all-knowing Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported early Thursday morning that so far, the Sixers, Celtics and Nuggets have resisted parting with a first-round pick for the Grizzlies guard.

"Boston, Denver and Philadelphia have resisted offers beyond either a young player or second-rounder," Woj tweeted. "First-rounders have never been gripped so tightly."

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Richaun Holmes could fall under that "young player" category. TLC isn't a necessity on this team, and Holmes has played eight games since Christmas, yet both have enough promise to intrigue another team.

Cavs-Lakers trade affects LeBron
The Sixers are one of only a few NBA teams with cap space this summer and squads like the Bulls and Hawks won't be signing stars. So there's a dream Sixers fans have of LeBron James coming to Philly.

Well, today's Cavs-Lakers trade makes that more difficult. Cleveland has traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and its own first-round pick to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., per Woj.

The move improves Cleveland defensively, but the real story here is that it gives the Lakers cap space this summer because of the expiring contract element. The Lakers will now have enough cap space to sign two players to max contracts this summer.

So L.A. would become another suitor for LeBron, but also keep in mind that the Cavs' giving L.A. this cap room probably means they know LeBron isn't going there. Cleveland might be showing its hand here, making the assumption that LeBron will stay.

Update: The Cavs weren't done. About an hour later, they acquired George Hill from the Kings and Rodney Hood from the Jazz in a three-team deal. Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose are headed to Utah in the deal, while Joe Johnson goes to Sacramento.

And minutes after that, the Cavs traded Dwyane Wade back to Miami for a heavily-protected second-round pick.

Keep an eye on the seconds
The Sixers currently have four second-round picks in the 2018 NBA draft: 37, 42, 47 and 59.

If the Sixers want someone like Marco Belinelli of the Hawks, it might take two second-round picks. That, after all, is the price the Hawks themselves paid last year to acquire Ersan Ilyasova from the Sixers. Ilyasova and Belinelli have similar values.

Hawks players
Aside from Belinelli, the Sixers also reportedly have interest in Atlanta center Dewayne Dedmon, whose value has never been higher.

Dedmon, 28, is having a career year for the Hawks, averaging 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.7 blocks. He's shot 56.4 percent from the field, but what sticks out the most is his added floor spacing. Dedmon attempted one three-pointer in his first four NBA seasons. This year, he's averaging 0.7 makes on 1.7 attempts per game, shooting 39.3 percent from deep.

If the Sixers pony up, they could even acquire both Belinelli and Dedmon from the Hawks. They might even be able to get that done with a package of TLC and a couple second-round picks. Belinelli is a free agent at season's end, while Dedmon is on the books for one more year at $6.3 million.

Our NBA All-Star challenge — describe Embiid in one word

Our NBA All-Star challenge — describe Embiid in one word

LOS ANGELES —  From trash talking on the court to expressing himself on social media, Joel Embiid is a player of many (many) words. So if his fellow All-Stars had to describe him in just one, what would it be? 

Draymond Green: "'Funny.' He's hilarious. The stuff he says, he goes on TV talking about (Kevin Durant's) burner account, he's talking how he's a savage. His Instagram locations, pretty funny. He's a good guy." 

Andre Drummond: "I’d probably say 'charismatic,' 'funny,' 'savage.' He don’t care, he just does what he wants to.”

Paul George: “Personality,' in all caps."

(Why all caps?)

“Because he’s a big dude.”

John Wall: "He's just 'himself.' He's very confident."

Anthony Davis: “'Savage.' Cool dude, he lives by his own rules. He’s just enjoying life and having fun.”

Jimmy Butler: "'Remarkable' in the fact that his game on the court is insane. Then the way he's always saying something to somebody on social media is really 'remarkable.'"

Bradley Beal: “'Wild.' He has no filter, he doesn’t care. That’s my boy, but he just has no remorse, doesn’t care."

LaMarcus Aldridge: “'Entertaining,' because he’s always on TV expressing how he feels. So, entertaining.”

New NBA ASG great, but what in the world was before it?

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New NBA ASG great, but what in the world was before it?

This week’s serving of Rob Rants focuses on the dichotomy of the 2018 NBA All-star Game and the show that comes with it. On the court, the game was a highly entertaining, competitive, tightly fought contest that incorporated a new concept that's a winner. The league also attempted something new prior to the game. That idea did not quite work as well. 

All-Star Games 
I generally am not a fan of All-Star Games. I haven’t watched the Pro Bowl in years. Same goes for the NHL All-Star Game. I find the MLB's midsummer classic to be the most watchable of the four. Plus, they have a captive audience as there are no other options that time of year. In recent years, I’ve taken more to the NBA three-point contest and skills competition rather than the dunk contest or the game itself. Full disclosure: I watched the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night for a few reasons. I wanted to see Joel Embiid’s first All-Star Game. I was curious about the new draft format of player selection. And my 16-year-old son who I was watching it with is a die-hard Sixers and NBA fan. So I watched all the way through. What I found were two polar-opposite productions. 

Along with ESPN’s College Gameday. I find TNT's Inside the NBA to be as good as it gets in terms of pregame shows. Ernie, Charles, Kenny, Shaq and crew were excellent as always. It’s what happened after they signed off that was a sight to be hold. 

Pregame show?
Philadelphia’s own Kevin Hart performed some type of musical/broadway play/comedy/is this really happening? Somehow Rob Riggle, the least funny man in the world, was involved. As were Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah and Ludacris. And there were cheerleaders and wild west folk. There may have been others but at that point, I began slipping into some kind of hypnotic coma. It went on interminably long. It was the kind of thing that, if Hart was not so popular and talented, can kill a career. It was that bad. But I strangely could not pull myself away. It was car crash, rubber-necking kind of bad. 

That mercifully ended and you thought it was game time. But we still had the anthems. First, the Canadian anthem, which was followed by the Star Spangled Banner. Fergie decided that she would turn Francis Scott Key’s composition into a steamy, sultry, lounge act from back in the day. To put it kindly, she missed the mark. Charles Barkley said at halftime that he needed a cigarette after her performance. It wasn’t quite Carl Lewis or Roseanne Barr-level of terrible, but it just capped a half hour-plus of strangeness that anyone who watched was never getting back. All of this just reaffirmed why I don’t generally indulge in these exhibitions. But then something funny happened. 

The game
The NBA smartly changed formats for All-Star selection this year. The league went playground style, having two captains choose their teams. LeBron James and Steph Curry were the two captains in charge of selecting from the voted-in All-Stars. The game, unlike recent years, had a different kind of competitive feel from the jump. Yes, it had the usual array of dunks and incredible passes, which the game should have. But there was defense played and fouls taken. Strategy was employed. To the players and NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s credit, the changes were a home run. The game came down to the last possession with Team Steph having a chance to tie with a three. Team LeBron played great defense and Curry could not get a shot off, giving Team LeBron the 148-145 victory. The game had the best of both worlds — incredible athletes showing off their skills and a level of care and compete not seen in a long time. And Embiid had an excellent All-Star debut with 19 points, eight boards and a great sequence where he nailed a rainbow three-pointer and then swatted Russell Westbrook at the other end of the floor.

Lesson here: tune in at tip-off. And no more Rob Riggle. Ever.