We’ve hit that point in the season where teams have already waived the white flag and are willing to part with key players in exchange for assets in preparation for the future. Although not all bottom-dwelling teams have hit this point, there’s still a fair share out there and a lot of the others could change their minds if a nice market presents itself for a player.
The Philadelphia Sixers have been good as advertised thus far but could definitely use some more help just like any other team. A huge issue like seasons past is the shooting ability or lack there of on the roster.
2019 Sixers Team Ranks:
3pt attempts – 27th
3pt made – 21st
percentage – 7th
Yes, they’re shooting the deep ball quite efficient but that’s of course due to the lack of volume. This comes as no surprise considering the build of the team but they can’t submit to this weakness. The Sixers will need more shooting on the perimeter if they’re gonna try to make a Championship run.
Below are some players who may find themselves on the trade block in the coming weeks that would make a nice fit on the Sixers roster.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SF, Sacramento
2019 season: 14.2ppg – 37.7% from 3pt
Since entering the league in 2017, Bogdanovic has had no problem shooting and scoring at the NBA level. The Serbian sniper has made over 100 3pt field goals in each of his two seasons in the league and is already half way there to do it for a third time.
Sacramento’s chances of making the Playoffs in the Western Conference look bleak with the heavy amount of competition out there. Bogdanovic who is a restricted free agent at the end of the season was offered a max extension by the Kings back in October but he still hasn’t signed it. Bogdan’s situation has trade written all over it and Philadelphia may come calling.
Bryn Forbes, SG, San Antonio
2019 season: 12.9ppg – 36.2% from 3pt
The Spurs are 5 games under .500 and Greg Popovich’s amazing run just might be over. So why not help out an old colleague in Brett Brown on your way out?
Despite being under the radar, Forbes is one of the league’s best shooters. In his first year as a starter last season, Forbes connected on 176 3pt field goal attempts which was the 20th most in the NBA and he’s on pace for similar numbers from deep this season. Adding a shooter like Forbes would help Philadelphia out greatly.
Danillo Gallinari, SF/PF, Oklahoma City
2019 season: 18.3ppg – 5.7rpg – 40.3% from 3pt
When the Sixers traded for Tobias Harris last season, I’m sure Gallinari’s name came up a lot seeing that he was shipped to Oklahoma City just after the season.
A silky smooth scorer on the wing, Danillo would provide the Sixers with some elite scoring production. Adding Gallinari would also allow Philadelphia to transition to a smaller and more ideal starting rotation with Gallinari taking Horford’s PF spot and making Al into a Sixth Man of the Year candidate off the bench.
Davis Bertans, PF, Washington
2019 season: 14.9ppg – 4.5rpg – 45.2% from 3pt
If you didn’t know who he was before his most recent matchup with the Sixers, you now probably do. Bertans has been scorching hot all season, seeing career highs across the board in his first season with the Washington Wizards
The 6’10ft PF spent his first 3 seasons in San Antonio where he struggled to get a ton of minutes. Bertans is showing he’s much more than that this season and he’d make a great fit on a Sixers roster that lacks a good scoring threat off the bench.
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