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NBA trade rumors: Is Kyle Korver Sixers' next trade target?

NBA trade rumors: Is Kyle Korver Sixers' next trade target?

The Cavs entered the season thinking they could compete for the 8-seed in the East with a re-signed Kevin Love and a combination of veterans and "hungry" young players.

A dozen games into the season, they're 1-11, Love is hurt and they legitimately look like the worst team in an NBA filled with awful teams.

Kyle Korver is their most likely trade piece and the Sixers have already been connected to him. On their podcasts the last two weeks, both Woj and Brian Windhorst have brought up the connection and indicated that a trade would already be done if the Cavs were willing to accept two of the Sixers' second-round picks in the 2019 draft.

There will be a huge market for Korver's services — every team needs more shooting — so Cleveland is right to not jump on the first offer it gets. But it's hard to imagine any team offering a first-round pick, even if it's a late first. Korver is a great shooter but he's 37 years old.

That's where the Sixers' collection of second-round picks comes into play. They have three: their own and the ones belonging to the Kings and Bulls, two teams projected to pick toward the top of the second round. That's an advantage.

The only other NBA teams with three second-round picks in next year's draft are the Hawks and Kings, who obviously won't be making a win-now trade.

What makes Korver even more attractive to a shooting-needy team like the Sixers is that he's under contract next season as well. He's slated to make $7.5 million next season but only $3.44 million of that is guaranteed, meaning if he suffers a long-term injury, the Sixers can waive him before July 7, 2019 and pay only the $3.44M.

The Lakers have just as much of a need for Korver as the Sixers but seem unlikely to trade for him because they want a completely clean cap sheet next summer to chase stars.

We saw last season the impact Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli had on the Sixers' second unit, and we've seen this season that the Sixers' second unit needs a boost. They just don't have the same depth from a year ago.

Korver is a better shooter than Ilyasova or Belinelli. He's shot 45 percent from three over the last nine seasons. Insane. Nearly a decade of elite, elite shooting from distance, and that's on nearly five attempts per game.

If JJ Redick and Korver were to share the court, the spacing would be terrific. The defense would suffer, but it would give the Sixers an offense-based lineup for when they're trailing by 10 points with six minutes to go.

Unfortunately, the best, perhaps only course of action for the Sixers here is to wait out the Korver trade market. It doesn't make much sense to trade a first-round pick for him, and once the Cavs come to that ultimate realization, the domino could fall.

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Sixers' Elton Brand, Matisse Thybulle and Tobias Harris protest in Philadelphia, encourage activism

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Sixers' Elton Brand, Matisse Thybulle and Tobias Harris protest in Philadelphia, encourage activism

Philadelphians on Saturday flooded the streets in protest of racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd last week. The sheer volume of the protesters was powerful.

Among those in attendance were Sixers forward Tobias Harris, who recently penned a strong personal essay on acknowledging and addressing systems of racism, rookie Mattise Thybulle, and general manager Elton Brand. 

The Sixers shared several photos and video from the protest on social media. Thybulle and Brand wore shirts with the words “I can’t breathe!,” which Floyd said as police officer George Chauvin was kneeling on his neck, and which Eric Garner said in 2014 as he was being choked by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. 

Harris’ shirt had the face of civil rights leader Malcolm X on it and the phrases “No sell out!” and “By any means necessary!” Thybulle held up signs that said, “Vote” and “We all have a voice — use it.”

“It’s always good to be around this many great people who are striving for unity and striving for people to have equality,” Harris said.

Raptors point guard and Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry walked alongside Harris and Thybulle. 

The Sixers organization standing behind those protesting and actively seeking to amplify their voices is significant. The team on Saturday also retweeted a post by Glenn Robinson III with information about a fundraising campaign that his non-profit organization, Angels Are Real Indeed (ARI), is launching.

ARI, which seeks to “help fathers become better in fatherhood, and help families without one,” will fundraise in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Robinson announced. 

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Why is there a basketball hoop traveling through Philadelphia during protests?

Why is there a basketball hoop traveling through Philadelphia during protests?

Over the last week, you’ve likely seen, read about, participated in or experienced in some way protests against racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

You might also have noticed a basketball hoop rolling around Philadelphia. 

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Marc Farzetta recently talked with Philadelphia native Stephania Ergemlidze, who’s responsible for the traveling games of 1-on-1.

“Basketball is the one way I know how to spread love and I know how to bring people together,” Ergemlidze told Farzetta, “so it was a no-brainer.”

Ergemlidze said that she was cognizant of not wanting to detract or warp the messages of protestors. Philadelphians gathered on Saturday for the seventh straight day in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“That was something I was very, very nervous about,” she said. “What way can I do it where I’m not actually distracting from the protests? My goal was not to distract from the protests. My goal is to amplify it and show the positive sides of things, because right now I feel like they’re sharing a lot of negatives, like rioting and looting, but there’s also a lot of peaceful protesting going on.”

You can watch Ergemlidze’s interview with Farzetta in the video above. 

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