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Will Sixers trade for veteran shooter to add PG depth?

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It's unclear whether Daryl Morey is done wheeling and dealing as he tries to position the Sixers for a deep playoff run in the upcoming NBA season.

If he's still itching for one more move, a former Sixers sharpshooter could be a perfect fit.

Veteran guard and bucket-getter Lou Williams has spent the last three seasons with the Clippers, but according to the New York Times' Marc Stein, Williams is expected to be playing elsewhere when next season begins.

Per Stein's "On Basketball" newsletter:

"The additions of Ibaka and Luke Kennard (via trade with Detroit) are just the beginning; many rival teams also expect the Clippers to trade Lou Williams in their quest to create a fresh-start environment after they blew a 3-1 series lead to the Nuggets."

Intriguing!

Now, with the aggressive Morey in tow, it's tempting to get overly excited any time an NBA trade rumor bubbles up. Sixers fans should avoid going overboard.

But Williams is a perfect fit, and Morey should absolutely give the Clippers a call.

The Sixers have a long history with Williams; they selected him 45th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft out of high school and he spent seven years in Philly before heading to the Hawks, Raptors, Lakers, and Rockets between 2012 and 2017.

They also have recent history, courtesy of their new head coach: Williams played for Doc Rivers for the last three years.

At 34 years old, Williams is still more than a capable scorer - he averaged 18.2 points per game while shooting 35.2% from deep and averaging a career-high 5.6 assists per game last season on the Clippers.

 

He's alternated time between shooting guard and point guard throughout his career, which is ideal for the Sixers as they look for a capable ballhandler to put at the point when Ben Simmons is out, or if Doc Rivers wants to use lineups where Simmons plays in the dunker spot as a power forward. Williams can also slide into lineups at the two alongside Simmons in case Rivers wants to bring Seth Curry off the bench.

A trade could cost them an asset, but it shouldn't be anything exorbitant for a 34-year-old, and he's in the final year of his contract with an $8 million cap hit, which works assuming the Sixers are sending out salary in a trade.

Generally, adding a versatile scorer with playoff experience like Williams would be ideal for the Sixers. Pick up the phone, Daryl.

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