76ers send Reed, Bassey, and Henry to the Blue Coats, recall rookie Jaden Springer
Paul Reed and Charles Bassey have struggled to crack the rotation with the struggling Philadelphia 76ers. Now, both players along with Aaron Henry, will head to Wilmington and join the Blue Coats. They will all be active for tonight’s game against the West Chester Knicks.
Paul Reed has bounced back and forth with both squads, and is coming off winning the G League Performer of the Week. Reed has actually been dominant with the Blue Coats, having an MVP under his belt, and having another strong season with averages of 22.3/11.8/2.3 in 15 games with Delaware this year.
Charles Bassey hasn’t played in the last two games with the 76ers, so they are likely just trying to keep him in game shape. Bassey has eclipsed Reed in terms of playing time this season, but it will be good for them both to get to be the focal point of a team for a game or two before returning to the Sixers.
Aaron Henry is another player who has been up and down from the Sixers to the Blue Coats, but has played most of his season in Delaware and is on his way back to the G League with this move. Henry has been an interesting prospect for Philadelphia, he’s an athletic defensive minded wing who has expanded his offensive game a bit since joining the Blue Coats.
Through just eight games, Henry is averaging 13.6 points per game and shooting just under 36% from deep with the Blue Coats. He will probably spend most of his time with Delaware this year, but it seems to have sparked some improvements so far this season.
Jaden Springer has appeared in one game for the 76ers, and only notched two minutes of play in that game. It is unlikely that Springer will see any game action, but with the current circumstances of the team and the guard shortage on the 76ers roster, it doesn’t hurt to have another player around who could potentially eat minutes.
In Springer’s case, this is probably just to keep him up to speed at the professional level.
The Sixers have today and tomorrow off before taking on the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night in South Philadelphia. Both of these roster moves are subject to change before then, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Bassey is moved back up before Sunday.
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