Deveney: Sixers Looking to Add ‘Big Man Who Can Shoot’
As the Feb 7 NBA Trade deadline gets closer, the Philadelphia Sixers are starting to map out their plan for the 3pm deadline.
After trading for Jimmy Butler, the team gave up two key pieces, Robert Covington and Dario Saric, and now are looking to replace some of the skills those players brought to the floor. Without Covginton and Saric, the team is lacking some rotational depth, a back-up big man and a stretch four, which they are looking to add before the deadline.
The Sixers have some young talent on their bench, but depending on young guys like Landry Shamet, Furkan Korkmaz and Jonah Bolden could be a recipe for an early playoff exit.
The team still has no answer on the status and future of guards Markelle Fultz and Zhaire Smith and needs to move on as if neither will help them in 2019.
According to Sporting News NBA writer Sean Deveney the Sixers are looking to add a 'big man who can shoot', to replace the stretch four play of Saric.
The Sixers are another team willing to part with this year’s pick for immediate shooting help, as Philly looks for a big man who can shoot, along the lines of Mike Scott, Frank Kaminsky or Noah Vonleh. The Sixers gave up Dario Saric in the Jimmy Butler deal and miss his ability to stretch the floor.
Philadelphia did acquire Miami’s 2021 pick in the deal with the Suns for Mikal Bridges, but the Sixers have kept that pick out of trade discussions. Should the Heat unravel in the next couple of years, that pick will have increased value.
As you see, the Sixers are unwilling at this time to move the Miami’s unprotected 2021 pick in a trade.
Per Deveney Philadelphia is one of the teams has expressed some interest in Hawks point guard Jeremy Lin.
The Pelicans and Sixers have also inquired about Lin (11.0 points in 19.3 minutes per game this season), and the Hawks may be able to create some bidding for his services ahead of the deadline.