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2019 NBA free agent targets: Danny Green, Seth Curry among wing options for Sixers

2019 NBA free agent targets: Danny Green, Seth Curry among wing options for Sixers

June 30 at 6 p.m. is getting closer and closer.

After Paul Hudrick looked at free agent point guard options for the Sixers yesterday, we’ll review five wing options today.

We’re not going to touch on marquee names like Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, all of whom seem like distant possibilities for the Sixers. 

Danny Green

Green is a logical option for the Sixers, especially if JJ Redick departs. The 32-year-old shot 45.5 percent from three-point range last season and has a strong track record as both a shooter and a defender. He wasn’t at his best this postseason and didn’t see the floor during the Raptors’ decisive stretch in Game 6 of the Finals, but he has ample playoff experience and doesn’t shy away from taking big shots. 

Reggie Bullock 

Bullock is a tier below Green but might be in the Sixers’ price range. For his career, he’s a 39.2 percent shooter from long range, though his production and efficiency dipped after he was dealt from Detroit to the Lakers in February. While he’s played almost 30 minutes per game the past two seasons, Bullock would be well suited for a bench role in Philadelphia. If James Ennis were to sign elsewhere, Bullock would be a strong replacement.

Seth Curry 

You may be starting to sense a theme here. At 28 years old, Curry has firmly established himself as a legit NBA player, not just Steph’s brother. Again, his standout skill is his three-point shooting — 45 percent on 3.9 attempts per game for Portland last year. The Sixers hope Zhaire Smith and Matisse Thybulle can be effective three-point shooters, but both still need to prove they’re capable in that area. Though a player like Curry might not be in Smith and Thybulle’s class athletically, you know you’d be getting an excellent shooter. 

Thabo Sefolosha 

Even at 35 years old, with his career presumably on its last legs, Sefolosha could help a contending team. He’s a long, smart player who does a lot of little things very well and posted a plus-8.6 net rating last season, higher than Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles. That’s not to say Sefolosha is better than those players, but it’s clear he’s not done quite yet. General manager Elton Brand said on draft night that he doesn’t want to lean too heavily on young players, so expect the Sixers to place a high value on reliable veterans. 

Garrett Temple 

One of Temple’s most attractive qualities for the Sixers would be his ability to defend multiple positions at 6-foot-6. He’s had some fluctuations as a shooter, with his career average at 35.3 percent. Temple likely wouldn’t immediately slot into the Sixers’ playoff rotation, but, if he can be had at a low price, would be a solid option off the bench. 

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Sixers trade targets: Perimeter players team could target before Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline

Sixers trade targets: Perimeter players team could target before Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline

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.

Reggie Bullock
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.

Taurean Prince
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.

Mike Conley
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.

Terrence Ross
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.

Garrett Temple
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.

Cory Joseph
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.

Courtney Lee
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.

Buyout candidate

Wesley Matthews
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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What Sixers really need for their bench

What Sixers really need for their bench

It’s no secret the Sixers need bench help.

The question is which position they should be targeting. If your first response isn’t a 3-and-D wing, then you haven't been watching this team very closely. 

With all due respect to Landry Shamet, a rookie who has been thrust into a position nobody thought he’d be in, imagine his minutes going to a proven swingman. 

You look at a player like Reggie Bullock from the Pistons. He’s on an extremely affordable and expiring contract. He’s been an above-average three-point shooter (41 percent during his four years in Detroit). He’s also a decent and versatile defender. 

The Pistons are clinging to the hope they can land the East’s eighth seed, so he may not become available. And that’s not to say the Sixers should go all in on Bullock — though it would make a ton of sense to place a phone call — but a player like him would certainly help. For the record, there is no indication the Sixers have shown interest in Bullock.

The second position to look at has been up for debate. 

A backup five? A true stretch four? While those spots could also use an upgrade, the Sixers’ second-biggest need is a backup point guard.

This is the point of the story where all of the T.J. McConnell lovers will start prepping their hate tweets. But the reality is that McConnell is not a backup point guard for a team with its sights set on winning the Eastern Conference.

There is no doubt McConnell has earned his place on this team and in this league. He’s a dogged competitor that’s given this team a huge spark at times. He’s also been almost automatic in the mid-range.

But his unwillingness to shoot threes is crippling the offense — especially when playing alongside Ben Simmons. His lack of athleticism has also hurt them on the defensive end. It’s never been more evident than in Saturday’s loss to the Thunder.

Unlike on the wing, there are no clear upgrades at the position. Elfrid Payton, who’s on an expiring deal, would be intriguing if the Pelicans fall out of it. It’s more likely they hold onto him to stay competitive and keep Anthony Davis happy.

There’s been a lot of talk about the Sixers needing another big, but that seems pretty low on their list of needs. Joel Embiid is playing 33.5 minutes a game. So basically you need a backup center to play roughly 14.5 minutes a night. That number will go down even more in the playoffs.

Plus, Jonah Bolden has given the bench a real spark. His athleticism, quick feet, rim protection and overall activity have given the team a big boost. His presence has allowed Mike Muscala to play more four and Wilson Chandler to play more three.

Would adding a player like Noah Vonleh help? Sure. Vonleh is a solid backup big that has added the three to his game. If he can be added for little to nothing, then it couldn’t hurt. It just seems like the other positions are of more concern.

One thing is for sure: Expect Elton Brand to make at least one move to bolster this roster. 

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