The Sixers need help. There is no way around it.
While the addition of Jimmy Butler was a shot in the arm, with the team going 12-6 since his acquisition, it did so at the cost of depth for the team, and, with Markelle Fultz going to be on the mend for the conceivable future, the Sixers have been relying on an 8-man rotation, where most teams rely on a 9, 10, or 11 man rotation.
8 men will not cut it.
The Sixers need help with both defense and in 3 point shooting. In order to find people who will make an impact on the team, they will need to explore trades, free agents, and buyout candidates. Here are a few of the options:
Kent Bazemore, SG, Atlanta
Here is the best and most likely option for the Sixers. On a rebuilding Atlanta team, Bazemore has quietly turned the heads of other teams in the league. This year, he is averaging 14 points per game, 1.7 steals and 1 block. He is doing this while shooting 44% from the field and shooting 33% from three. While he is not going to set the world on fire, he will add a nice pop of scoring and defense off of the bench.
Philadelphia would most likely have to send a 1st to Atlanta for them to eat a big chunk of Bazemore’s contract. The Hawks SG is set to make over $18mil per into the 2019-20 season.
Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, Washington
This one is a stretch. Washington has been downright awful to start the year, and they may be looking to off load some of their players. Satoransky could be one of them, but, admittedly, it wouldn’t make much sense for them to get rid of him. Currently in his second year in the league, Satoransky is averaging 6.1 points while shooting 50% from the field and 38% from three. He would provide another player for the Sixers to go to for a three-point shot while someone like Ben Simmons is on the floor.
Terrence Ross, and/or Evan Fournier, SG, Orlando
The Orlando Magic in the middle of a rebuild and while they are doing this, they are wasting the talents of Terrence Ross, and Evan Fournier. The former is shooting 43% from the field and 39% from three. The latter is averaging 15.5 points per game while shooting 42% from the field and 33% from three. While Ross does provide more defensive prowess to go with his shooting, both of these players could be good fits to come off of the bench for the team.
Maurice Harkless, SG, Portland
Things are coming full circle for Harkless. His current team is in a backcourt logjam for the ages, and it has shown in his stats. Two years ago, he averaged 10 points per game, this year, that has tumbled to 5.7. Those totals tumbled with his minutes, which are 8 less than his totals two seasons ago. It might be good for him to relocate him to the team that initially drafted him and traded him to Orlando back in 2012. Harkless provides another playmaker off the bench for the team.
Justin Holiday and Robin Lopez, SF and C, Chicago
This is an all-depth move. Robin Lopez has fallen out of favor with the Bulls and looks like he will be on the way out of the door in Chicago. The Sixers desperately need another big man who can come off of the bench besides Mike Muscala. Lopez would give them a tenacious player in the paint who would provide a spark when the franchise player is on the bench. As for Holiday, the Sixers would be wise to acquire him in any deal they were to do with the Bulls. The fifth year player is averaging 11.9 points per game while shooting 38% from the field and shooting 36% from three.
Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, Utah
While he has not been used much this year, only averaging 10 minutes per game, he is a seasoned vet who could bring more stability to the bench for the Sixers. He won’t light the world on fire with any particular skill, but, he is a quality vet who could mentor younger players.
Nicholas Batum, SG, Charlotte
If the Sixers acquire Batum, it will feel like a throwback to the days when they took on large contracts because of their cap space. Batum is locked in a long deal with Charlotte that will probably not want to keep on their books for much longer. The ten-year pro is averaging 9 points per game while shooting 45% from the field and 39% from three. He would provide a great shooting threat off of the bench.
While these are some of the players that the team could go after, we really don’t know who the team will go out and get.
But either way, it’s #EltonSzn
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Luke is a native of Langhorne, PA. He is a diehard Philly fan and is a graduate of George Mason University.