Sixers Acquire Veteran Guard George Hill in a Three Team Deal.
For weeks the Sixers have been linked to multiple players, and rumored to be big buyers at the NBA trade deadline. With mere hours before the deadline, the Sixers have acquired veteran guard George Hill in a three-team trade.
The Sixers are landing George Hill from the Thunder and Ignas Brazdeikis from the Knicks. Oklahoma City receives Tony Bradley, Philly’s 2025 and 2026 second round picks, and Knick guard Austin Rivers. New York nets Terrance Ferguson and Philly’s 2021 second round pick.
Hill has appeared in fourteen games for the Thunder so far this season. The 34-year-old is currently averaging just under twelve points per game, while shooting a hair above fifty-percent from the field. In his thirteenth season Hill is also averaging around three assists per game.
The Sixers add a veteran guard with extensive playoff experience. Hill has played in 127 playoff games, most recently averaging 9.5 points off the bench for the Bucks. He’ll bring in more veteran leadership for a young Sixers core, and most likely run point for Doc’s second unit. The move isn’t the big fish Sixers fans were expecting, but adding another veteran guard to help Maxey and Shake is key.
It’s no secret that the Sixer’s second team has struggled to find its offensive footing on most nights, with Shake Milton being the only player who can create a shot for himself. Hill can certainly create shots for himself on every level, shooting fifty-percent from the field and a hair under thirty-seven from three. This will take the pressure off of Shake to run the entire offense. Hill’s ability to pass will also help guys like Korkmaz and Thybulle get open looks from the arc or cutting to the basket.
The Sixers also added former Michigan Wolverine Iggy Brazdeikis, who most recently played for the Knicks G-League team. Brazdeikis is a 6’6″ small forward who averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds this season. We’ll have to wait and see if he is utilized at all by Doc, outside of garbage time minutes in blowouts.
One of the biggest takeaways from the deal is the loss of Tony Bradley. Bradley is coming off a career game against the Warriors where he recorded his first career double-double. The former Piston has emerged as a threat on the offensive glass and around the rim, where he’s only missed seven shots in his eight starts this season. With Embiid’s return still unknown, the Sixers are now incredibly weak at the center position, with only Dwight Howard the roster.
With under three hours left until the trade deadline, the Sixers bolster their backcourt and bench with Hill, while losing center depth and future draft capital.
Mandatory Credit: Logan Newman