Should Sixers pursue free agent ball-handler?
The Sixers could still use more depth and scoring off the bench, even after the recent additions of Danuel House and De’Anthony Melton. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, a proven reserve guard is headed to the open market:
While Bledsoe is not quite the player he once was, he can still bring a two-way impact on the game. In addition, he would undoubtedly be one of the best backup guards in the NBA. Bledsoe is coming off a 54-game season with the Clippers, averaging 10 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, and 1.3 SPG in 25 MPG — solid all-around numbers for a backup guard.
Unfortunately, Bledsoe shot a really poor 31% from deep. The three-point shot has never been a strength of his game, so on a team like the Sixers, he may not have or find a definitive role. The Sixers appear to have plenty of ball-handlers as of right now: James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, De’Anthony Melton, as well as mixing Embiid and Harris’s touches in there.
Signing Eric Bledsoe to the veteran minimum certainly wouldn’t be a bad move. Even with his questionable fit, you could argue he’s a much better postseason player than Shake Milton. However, I don’t think we’ve seen the best version of Milton on this current Sixers team.
If he can stay healthy, I don’t see why he can’t find his footing as a combo guard off the bench for the Sixers. There will also be less pressure on him due to the addition of Melton.
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