After trading for Jimmy Butler, the Sixers are lacking depth.
With a report that the Wizards are selling, which players could the Sixers look into buying?
We look at five players that might make sense.
We took a look on Monday at what it might take to get Beal and what some of the financial ramifications may be (see story).
As far as the player, I see no reason to not place a phone call. Beal is an All-Star who, despite his struggles this season, has proven to be an elite shooter (39 percent from three for his career). He’s also more than capable of creating his own shot.
A starting lineup of Beal, Butler, JJ Redick, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid would be a problem. Of course the move would seriously affect the Sixers’ depth but that’s nothing a couple other trades and/or buyout candidates couldn’t fix.
Who better to provide the “Philly Tough” Brett Brown talks about than a tough dude from Philly?
Morris will play hard-nosed defense and should provide a spark off the bench from the four spot. He’s not a bad offensive player either. Though three-point shooting is far from his specialty, he’s hovered around the league average over the past three seasons at 36 percent.
Acquiring Morris to play backup four to Wilson Chandler would free up Mike Muscala to be the primary backup at the five. Given how much Amir Johnson has struggled this season, I’d be OK with Muscala taking over that role.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Oubre seems to be a popular name among fans. At 6-foot-9 with long arms and tons of athleticism, he’d be perfect for the Sixers defensively. The team changed to a switch-heavy scheme this season and Oubre is the type of athlete necessary for that.
I worry about him on the offensive end. He’s shooting just 28 percent from three this season and is just a 32 percent three-point shooter for his career. He has some ability as a slasher but not enough to compensate. Since he’s just 22 and a former first-round pick, he’d likely cost more than Morris as well.
Green appears to be the product of his environment. Last year with the Cavs, he was relied on too much and struggled. At the beginning of this season, the Wizards got off to a terrible start and so did Green.
As Washington has strung together a couple wins, Green’s play has picked up. Over his last six games, he’s averaging 12 points and shooting 47 percent from three. Like Oubre, he does offer the length and athleticism to fit what the Sixers do defensively.
If you can live with his maddening inconsistency on offense, I suppose you could do worse at a low cost ... but he wouldn’t be my first choice.
With the addition of Austin Rivers, Satoransky has seen his role reduced. Last season, it was Satoransky who filled in admirably for an injured John Wall. A point guard in the Spanish League, Satoransky has proven to be a strong facilitator and shooter when called upon.
You’re going to sacrifice something on defense with him on the floor. He has decent length but lacks athleticism. Adding Satoransky would kind of be like adding a more seasoned version of Furkan Korkmaz, which may be only a slight upgrade.
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