The trade deadline is a little over a week away and there’s plenty of buzz already.
We take a look at a few players that may be on the block that the Sixers could target ahead of Feb. 7.
This is a name that’s been high on my list pretty much all season. Bullock has turned himself into an elite three-point shooter during his time in Detroit (41 percent) and has good length at 6-7 to cause problems on defense.
What’s interesting as well is that the Pistons run similar action with Bullock and Blake Griffin as the Sixers do with JJ Redick and Joel Embiid. That could make Bullock’s transition much smoother. Bullock, along with former Sixer Ish Smith, is garnering trade interest.
The Hawks are looking to sell and there’s a chance Prince could be had. They were hoping the 2016 lottery pick would develop into something bigger, but into his third season, Atlanta may be ready to move on.
Prince has a tremendous NBA frame (6-8/220), can hit threes (37 percent on 4.3 attempts a game) and was touted as a defensive prospect coming out. He may not be the player the Hawks thought they were getting, but he’s just 24, he’s cheap and he’d fit perfectly into a role as a combo forward on the Sixers.
He’s a big name with a big contract, but he’s also a pretty damn good basketball player. We outlined last week how the thought of Conley could be tempting, but ultimately it doesn’t make sense for the Sixers.
Ross is having a career year on a struggling Magic team. He’s shooting 37 percent from three and averaging 13.9 points a game. One of the issues with Ross is that the Magic are one of those teams that would prefer an eight seed to tanking — how noble — though Orlando is fading fast. The other issue is Ross’ $10.5 million cap hit that could be tough for the Sixers to match.
Temple has turned himself from fringe NBA player to real contributor. He’s a legit three-point threat (37 percent over the last three seasons) and a decent defender. While the Grizzlies appear to be open for business, like Ross, Temple’s contract could be an obstacle. At $8 million, it could be difficult for the Sixers to match.
It may make a little more sense now for Indiana to sell off one of its point guards with Victor Oladipo out for the season. Joseph is on an expiring deal at just under $8 million, so again, not the easiest money to match. But Joseph would be a big upgrade as a backup point guard. He’s a pest with quick feet on defense and can provide some offensive punch.
Lee had a neck injury that cost him the first 24 games of the season and isn’t even in the Knicks’ rotation right now. His contract is the worst of all the players listed at over $12 million this year and in 2019-20. While there are certainly skills here and a veteran presence that should interest the Sixers, the money is likely too big of a hurdle to realistically get a deal done without a third team involved.
There was a report that the Mavericks were trying to dump Matthews’ money into a deal involving Dennis Smith Jr. Now that those trade talks have halted, Matthews could be a buyout candidate if Dallas continues to slide in the standings. His cap number is over $18 million, so a trade is unlikely.
His best seasons are behind him at 32, but Matthews would be a tremendous addition as a complementary piece for the Sixers. He’s still an above-average shooter from three and can offer a little something off the bounce and in the midrange. He could fill a similar role to what Marco Belinelli did here, but Matthews is a much better defender.
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