Sixers “Loaded with Assets” as Trade Deadline Approaches
The Sixers are going to be without All-Star center Joel Embiid for at least the next 2-3 weeks. The team has an tough stretch of games coming up over that time, that has them facing eight teams with a .500 record or better over the next 10 games.
Does not having Embiid make it more likely that the Sixers will look to make a move, or will they move forward with what they have until Embiid is ready to return.
Without him, expect to see some combination of Tony Bradley and Dwight Howard man most of the center minutes. With Embiid out of the lineup last week, Bradley showed some nice upside against the Bulls with 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes.
However, the team could take a look at G-League star Paul Reed, who just had a tremendous run with the Delaware 87ers. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound rookie forward averaged 22.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, hitting 44% of his three-point shots.
So less than two weeks away from the March 25 NBA trade deadline, here are a few things to look at and consider.
"They are loaded with assets," says ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks via Instagram. "They have that $8.29 million trade exception, they have seven players on expiring contracts."
"If there is a deal out there, the Sixers do have the contracts to make it work," explained Marks.
A few of the names he mentioned include Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Lowry.
Marks also mentioned that the team has plenty of picks, both first-and-second-rounders that they can add in any deal. Some of the contracts they have to move include forward Danny Green, along with Mike Scott, Tony Bradley and Vincent Poirier.
Bradley's recent play could net him some interest for a team looking to take a shot on a young big man.
One thing is for sure, even though Daryl Morey likes the chemistry of his current group, he is making calls and looking for ways to improve his team.
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