Who could the 76ers acquire as their next backup center?
It has been one of the craziest trade deadlines in recent 76ers history. In case you missed it, Daryl Morey and company finally pulled the trigger in acquiring 10x All-Star James Harden for a package headlined by Ben Simmons.
With just an hour left until trades are finished for the 2021-22 NBA season, I expect Daryl Morey and the 76ers to make another much smaller move to bolster the rotation. The package to Brooklyn included an integral part of the Sixers bench, Andre Drummond.
Now I don’t think Philly fans want to have to see another Greg Monroe backup center situation, and right now Paul Milsap would likely come in for Embiid. Luckily, there are some potential options out there for a trade and potentially buyout market.
1.) Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson in a lot of ways mirrors Andre Drummond in style of center. An absolute menace on the boards that has a tendency to get exposed in the pick-and-roll when brought away from the hoop.
Keep in mind not too long ago Thompson put together back-to-back seasons averaging ten rebounds. Thompson has certainly taken steps back in his game offensively, but he is one of the closest playstyles to Drummond if the 76ers wants to go that route.
Thompson was just recently traded to the Indiana Pacers in the Sabonis-Haliburton deal, and Indiana has made it clear they are looking to flip the other assets in that deal. The Pacers got their gem in Haliburton, and would likely not mind parting ways with Tristian Thompson in a season they aren’t looking to compete in.
2.) DeAndre Jordan
Another old soul name, DeAndre Jordan has been rumored to be on the block for both the trade market or even the buyout market. Jordan, much like Thompson has his best days behind him, but still retains a good ability to rim protect, something the 76ers will desperately need.
DeAndre in his time with the Lakers has managed to pull down nearly six rebounds and a block a game while averaging just 13 minutes of play. Jordan’s bread and butter has also been the pick-and-roll on the offensive side, and can still catch alley-oops with ease.
The Lakers, to no surprise, have been mentioned in the trade market heavily. A majority of those talks have been around Russel Westbrook, but there’s no doubt LA is on the phones fielding deals. Jordan is getting very limited minutes on a struggling Lakers squad, and likely wouldn’t cost much. Plus, if a trade can’t come together Jordan is likely to end up on the buyout market later in the season.
3.) Thomas Bryant
With the recent trade of Montrezl Harrell to the Hornets, it seems like the Wizards are trying to get assests back for players set to be free agents next off-season. Luckily for the 76ers, Thomas Bryant is another one of those players.
The Wizards are likely mailing in the rest of the season after struggling to string wins together and shutting down Bradley Beal for the rest of the season due to wrist surgery.
With Bryant, Gafford, and Harrell all on the roster alongside newly acquired Kristaps Porzingis, Daryl Morey may be able to get Bryant for cheap since he’s on an expiring contract. Being due over $8 million could make things tricky, but the 76ers should be able to match his contract in a potential deal.
Mandatory Credit: Eric W. Rasco.