Jackson: Colangelo Is Trying to Win as Much as Possible
The Sixers are in pursuit of moving up the Eastern Conference standings and with the news of Ersan Ilyasova agreeing to buyout with the Atlanta Hawks, that opens the door for the 76ers to add more depth to their bench. Without Markelle Fultz this season, the Sixers have looked to a variety of bench players for additional scoring from the second unit this season. President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo has made moves over the last several months in an effort to give Brett Brown and the team a better chance for playoff success with the additions of Trevor Booker and Marco Bellineli.
NBC Sports Philadelphia Pre/Post Game Sixers Analyst Marc Jackson joined The Sports Bash on Monday discussing how the Sixers are handling the roster for the short and long term:
“Colangelo is trying to win as much as possible – he don’t want to just get to the playoffs, I think that’s been expected since the season started….He’s trying to do whatever it takes to make the deepest (postseason) run possible, especially at the end of this season they have decisions to make. First and foremost the big ‘Elephant in the room’, Markelle Fultz, what do they do with him? That’s the biggest question mark – Second thing, what do they do with JJ Redick? One year deal, do they bring him back? They got these young guys off the bench, (Forkan Korkmaz and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot), do they think those guys can step into that role? - Before we get to that, let’s get this team the best options to win games, to go as far as they can go and that’s why you add (Marco) Bellinelli, that’s why you maybe add (Ersan) Ilyasova. Because at the end of this season there’s going to be a lot of questions that got to be answered and all of them have to start with what happens with Markelle Fultz.”
Hear what Jackson had to say about the Sixers loss to the Wizards, what bench rotation would look like with the potential addition of Ersan Ilyasova, along with his perspective on Markelle Fultz and College Sports Amateurism