Should Sixers pursue free agent ball-handler?
While we await the much-anticipated news on James Harden’s contract with the Sixers, there are still some more potential moves to be made.
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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