Report: Sixers Express Interest In Nikola Mirotic
The Sixers could be looking to add another piece before Thursday's trade deadline.
Sources tell Sean Deveney of Sporting News that the Sixers have inquired about the availability of Pelicans big man Nikola Mirotic.
Mirotic, 27, has been sidelined with a strained right calf and hasn't played in a game since Jan. 23.
In 32 games this season, the 6-10 forward has averaged 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and hitting 36.8 percent of his 3-pointers in 28.9 minutes per game.
According to a league source, one team that has expressed interest in Mirotic is the Sixers, who have been eager to land a stretch-4 after having traded away Dario Saric in the Jimmy Butler package. New Orleans is seeking a first-round pick, and the Sixers have all their own first-rounders and a Miami first-rounder in 2021, plus an enormous stash of second-rounders: three (including Chicago’s) this year, three (including New York's or Brooklyn's) next year and four in 2021.
The Sixers are looking to add another shooter to replace Dario Saric and Robert Covington, who were traded in the Jimmy Butler deal. Since then, they have lacked three-point shooting, and Mirotic would give them a veteran stretch-4 player, similar to Ersan Ilyasova, who they signed last season in the buyout market.
To make the deal happen, the Sixers most likely would have to part with a first-round pick.
Any team interested in trading for Mirotic would be getting a potential rental, he is set to become a unrestriced free agent at the end of the season.