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NBA trade deadline: What Andre Drummond trade talks could mean for Sixers

NBA trade deadline: What Andre Drummond trade talks could mean for Sixers

With the report that the Pistons are having discussions on big man Andre Drummond, it appears that Detroit may be open for business.

The Sixers need some bench help and GM Elton Brand said at his media availability on Christmas that he’ll “always look at opportunities to improve the team.”

With that in mind, we take a look at a few Pistons that could realistically interest the Sixers.

Luke Kennard 

Kennard could be one of the players Detroit would like to hold on to, but it’s certainly worth a phone call. The 2017 lottery pick can offer the one thing the Sixers desperately need: Shooting. The 23-year-old is hitting just a tick under 40 percent on 6.5 attempts from three a game this season. He also offers a little bit off the bounce and isn’t a bad passer (4.1 assists a game). If he can play passable defense, he’d be a great get and an obvious upgrade. He's in just the third year of his rookie deal so it could be tough to pry him away.

Langston Galloway

Galloway is taking 5.1 catch-and-shoot threes per game, and he’s making 40.7 percent of them. The St. Joe’s product, who’s in the final season of a three-year, $21 million deal with Detroit, would boost the Sixers’ shooting and scoring off the bench. He has much more of an NBA track record than Furkan Korkmaz and Shake Milton. 

Derrick Rose 

In 2016, Rose and two friends were found not guilty of sexual battery, battery and trespassing in a civil trial. The allegations, what Rose had to say in his deposition, and the fact that smiling jurors posed with Rose after the trial are all worth noting. 

As far as basketball is concerned, the 31-year-old Rose is a player the Sixers might consider because of his shot creation abilities. Rose, the MVP for the 2010-11 season, is averaging 16.7 points and 5.9 assists.

Markieff Morris 

A Philadelphia native, Morris is having a career-best season from three-point range (41.1 percent on 4.2 attempts per game). The 6-foot-8 forward has a $3.2 million salary this season and a $3.36 million player option for 2020-21. Morris was a teammate of Mike Scott with the Wizards and would bring a similar skill set and no-nonsense disposition. He'd be an upgrade over Scott. 

Allen Crabbe 

No, Crabbe does not currently play for the Pistons, but his contract could be used by the Hawks in a deal to match Drummond’s money. If that does happen, Crabbe would be a decent buyout candidate. The 27-year-old has had his struggles over the past couple seasons but was a standout for Portland when he first broke into the league. He’s a 38.9 percent career shooter from three. On a minimum deal for the rest of the season, he could be worth a flyer.

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Ben Simmons puts on early show, Joel Embiid comes on late as Team LeBron beats Team Giannis in NBA All-Star Game

Ben Simmons puts on early show, Joel Embiid comes on late as Team LeBron beats Team Giannis in NBA All-Star Game

The Sixers were well represented by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago Sunday.

Ultimately, Team LeBron won a thrilling — well, at least the fourth quarter was — game over Team Giannis, 157-155, on an Anthony Davis free throw. Kawhi Leonard won the newly named Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award scoring a game-high 30 points.

Embiid, playing without the splint on his left hand for the first time since having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ring finger, got Team Giannis on the board with an early dunk.

Then Simmons put on a show.

Simmons had 10 points, three rebounds and three assists in the first half.

The NBA decided to break away from its traditional game format, making each quarter its own mini-game. That means each period had its own tip-off.

And would you look at who was squaring off to start the second.

(Simmons won the tip, by the way)

Not to be outdone, Embiid had a couple fancy dunks of his own as Team Giannis built a lead in the third.

Simmons also had this beauty of a put-back dunk for good measure.

He took a spill at the end but appeared no worse for wear for the rest of the game.

Another wrinkle in the new format this year is that the fourth quarter wasn’t timed, and the teams played to a “target score.” In honor of Kobe Bryant, the “target score” was 157 — 24 more points than what Team Giannis, who was in the lead, had total heading into the fourth quarter.

With Team Giannis nearing that point total, Embiid made his presence felt down the stretch, including dropping this nasty Dream Shake on LeBron James.

Both Embiid (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Simmons (17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals) showed why they were selected for the game.

They’ll return to the court for the Sixers Thursday against the Nets at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Sixers Talk podcast: Are the Sixers still a Finals contender?

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Sixers Talk podcast: Are the Sixers still a Finals contender?

The Sixers are off to a solid start for any team, but the Sixers were built to be a championship contender. Danny Pommells and Anthony Gilbert discuss that and who will take up the open role in the starting lineup on this edition of Sixers Talk, presented by Wilmington University.

• Are the Sixers still a Finals contender? (2:00)

• Who will move into the starters lineup in place of Al Horford? (6:34)

• Did the Sixers miss on the trade deadline? (10:31)

• This team lacks veteran leadership (20:42)

• Story time with Anthony Gilbert (29:03)

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