Guard and Wing Trade Targets for the Sixers
The 76ers are more than likely going to make a trade at some point in the near future. Whether that be in the next two weeks, or 5 minutes before the deadline closes on March 25th is yet to be determined but I am prepared for trade news nonetheless. I doubt the Sixers want to spend too much, so I will focus on underperforming teams that are looking to sell towards the deadline.
Yes, I know, this seems like a highly unlikely candidate for the Sixers to trade for but I see a lot of people calling for this move to be made. Lowry is an interesting intersection between a guy that seems like an almost perfect fit and a guy that I cannot stand to watch play basketball. He is a Philadelphia guy and playing on a Raptors team that is struggling with an expiring contract so the idea makes sense.
My issue with this trade would be that the Sixers would be expected to give up a decent amount of capital for Lowry. I love that Lowry has proven that he can play in the playoffs and in the Finals (even though he was carried by Kawhi Leonard). I genuinely do not expect this move to happen, but I would keep an eye on it just in case it eventually does. I don’t hate the idea at all even considering that I have been on record to say how much I dislike Lowry.
What a beautiful homecoming it would be to see JJ back in Philadelphia. On this team, with this version of Joel Embiid, it would be great have JJ back in the mix. Daryl Morey is notorious for keeping his stars happy, so it will be interesting to see if he indulges in a JJ Redick to maintain Jo Jo’s happiness since we all know that they loved playing together.
Under a new regime, and a reunion with Doc as well, Redick could be a massive help for the Sixers especially knowing that he and the stars all play well together. Redick wouldn’t be asked to play as many minutes as he was asked to before. I’m a sucker for really any former Sixers player but I really enjoyed watching Redick while he was here. After all, you can never have too much shooting, especially around Ben and Joel. Important to note that most of these rumors were brought to light by JJ’s request to only be shipped to the northeast.
Wouldn’t it be crazy to have had the top 2 picks of the 2017 draft? I love Lonzo but have to admit this doesn’t seem like the perfect fit for him. Lonzo would likely come cheap and buy into the defensive format that the Sixers have created this season. The memes would be unbearable. Between both Ball and Simmons, the Philadelphia fans would have to endure so much pain but I feel like Ball off the bench could actually be a solid fit.
Ball has been both good and bad from beyond the arc, but in New Orleans he isn’t being put in comfortable positions to score, and Doc Rivers is known for getting the best out of his players which is being proven before our eyes. There isn’t a clear, true point guard on this roster and especially in the second unit and if Ball was in the same package as Redick then it could be very interesting to see how they use the two of them. Again, this seems unlikely but I am hardly opposed to it because of my current affinity for the former UCLA guard. The fit isn’t as bad as it seems.
Satoranky is probably not the Bulls guard that Sixers fans are looking for (Lavine) but if Philadelphia is trying to add a true backup point guard I wouldn’t mind them taking a peek at him. Only averaging 5 points per game this season, Sato is a solid game-managing guard that has the proven ability to knock down the deep ball at a good clip. He’s shooting nearly 42% this season and 37% for his career. His calmness could be useful with a group of younger players in the bench unit. He’s a player that can play alongside the starters because he doesn’t need the ball in his hands all that often to be impactful. While not exciting, Satoransky could be the cheap option for the Sixers to upgrade in an area of need.
All the trade talks seem to be very hot and cold, but it is our understanding that Morey and Doc are fairly content with the roster as is right now. In all fairness, they are arguably the best team in the league regardless of how early it might be in the season.
There is always room for improvement and I could see them targeting these players for potential upgrades in those areas. I do think that they will value expiring contracts and players that are historically willing to be flexible when it comes to how they play and how they can help the team win.
Aside from Lowry, these are all relatively cheap options. I am convinced that Morey and the Sixers are focused on the actual long term of this team, not just this season, because they are built to be contenders for the next few years.
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