Report: Sixers Acquire George Hill from Thunder
After being linked to multiple names over recent weeks, the Sixers have made a move ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. They have agreed to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire veteran point guard George Hill.
This deal would become a three-team trade. The Thunder have acquired Tony Bradley, Austin Rivers, and two future second-round picks. While the Knicks have acquired Terrance Ferguson. Vincent Poirier, and a second-round pick. New York will also be sending Iggy Brazdeikis to the Sixers.
The 34-year-old Hill has played appeared in 14 games for the Thunder this season. In those games, he has averaged 11.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, and 3.1 APG. He has also remained efficient shooting the ball, with percentages of 50.8% from the field and 38.6% from beyond the arc.
Adding a vet like Hill is not a 'flashy' move in any sense, but it is still a nice addition. He provides a skill set and a role that this team is currently lacking.
We have seen in the past that the second unit has had some trouble generating good looks on offense. Bringing in Hill to be a backup point guard could help run that second unit, and would take some of the playmaking pressure off of Shake Milton. Allowing him to embrace the more 'scoring guard' nature of his game.
Hill is also a player that can share with the floor with the starters at times. Last season he led the league in three-point percentage with the Bucks. That consistency to hit knock-down open threes would be a perfect complement on the floor with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
The other key factor that Hill brings is playoff experience. This team is looking to make a deep run in the playoffs and should be aiming to acquire players who understand what it takes to play deep into the postseason.
Throughout his career, he has played in 127 playoff games. In his most recent appearance with the Bucks, he averaged 9.5 PPG and 3.1 APG playing about 27 minutes a game.
This move might not be looked at as much of a needle-mover, but it still puts the Sixers in a better position than they were previously in. It adds another veteran to the roster and helps fill out the rotation behind one of the top starting lineups in the league right now when fully healthy.
Despite the Sixers still having some assets at their disposal after this move, they did not remain active up until the 3 p.m. NBA Trade deadline.
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