Sixers Looking to Add Scoring to Bench
The Sixers could be looking to add some more scoring off-the-bench.
According to NBA writer Sam Amico of SI.com, the 76ers are one of the teams expected to make a serious run at Cleveland Cavaliers guard, Jordan Clarkson.
On the trade front, the Cavs have not taken part in any serious discussions. That is highly likely to change as the trade deadline nears in February. Opposing teams are expected to make serious runs at Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson, both players with expiring contracts. Toronto is said to have a high interest in Thompson, Philadelphia supposedly among those with interest in Clarkson.
While the Sixers have plenty of depth on the bench, they are lacking outside shooting, something Clarkson would be able to provide, hitting on 35% of three-point shots this season.. For his career he is a 33.7% shooter from distance.
Despite having viable options such as James Ennis, Mike Scott, Kyle O’Quinn, Raul Neto, Furkan Korkmaz and Trey Burke, there is still a need for more scoring off the bench. Burke is an instant offense guy who has struggled to find a role, while Neto is more of an energy guy in behind Ben Simmons. Adding Clarkson might reduce their minutes, and give the Sixers a more consistent option behind Simmons.
In 20 games this season for Cleveland, Clarkson is averaging 14.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
It is not clear who or what the 76ers would be sending back to Cleveland for Clarkson.