During this time of quarantine, we have time to think ahead to the 2020 NBA season. The 2019-20 Sixers put us through one heck of a roller coaster as they could never really put it all together for more than a few games at a time.
Although it’s uncertain if the season will resume, the “Big Four” of Simmons-Harris-Horford-Embiid will likely be viewed as a failure with them ending the year as the current 5th seed.
So is it time to break up this group after just 1 season? If so, there’s a particular trade candidate in Sacramento that would make for an excellent fit. That man is Buddy Hield.
If you didn’t know, Buddy Hield is one of the league’s most efficient shooters. Starting his first two seasons off somewhat slow, he has since bloomed into a 20ppg scorer for the Sacramento Kings.
As it stands today, Hield ranks 2nd in the NBA in made 3pt field goals. This comes a season after finishing 4th in this respected category.
Buddy Hield Per Game:
2018-19: 20.7ppg 42.7% from 3
2019-20: 19.8ppg 39.5% from 3
Despite putting up career highs in recent years, the Kings seem to be willing to move on from the 27yr old sharpshooter.
Hield was taken out of the starting lineup in favor of Bogdan Bogdanovic in January. This move comes a few months after Hield referred to Sacramento’s extension offer as an “insult”. Although he would later agree to the deal, it’s clear he’d entertain a new scenery after all of this, as would the Kings.
Maybe his 2019-20 play has since scared them away from wanting the big man but Sacramento was reportedly all in on Al Horford this past offseason before he ended up signing with the Sixers.
A confirmed Al Horford suitor at last' The Kings "definitely" have significant interest in Horford, according to sources briefed on Sacramento's thinking — and have the cap space to pay Al the reported four-year deal worth in excess of $100 million circulating for the past week— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2019
Philadelphia would most likely have to attach another piece to Horford to sweeten the pot but the framework for a deal is there. The Sixers have a handful of semi-decent assets but their 2020 1st round selection via OKC might be their best bet.
Sixers – Buddy Hield
Kings – Al Horford and 2020 1st (#20)
Although a third team will likely have to be in the mix for salaries to work, this is very possible if Sacramento still values Al Horford like they did this time last season. Bringing a shooter like Hield onto this Sixers roster could work wonders for the team as it did in seasons past with J.J. Redick.
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