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Sixers Trade for Jodie Meeks

Update (12:58AM EST): Chad Ford tweets ... 

My source had dyslexia ... Sixers sending second rounder to Milwaukee not Bucks sending second rounder to Sixers.

Not such a steal after all ... 


Chad Ford tweets:

Not that many care ... but Sixers-Bucks deal of Meeks-Elson-2nd rounder for Brezec & Ivey is agreed to. Waiting for trade call.

This isn't the trade I had in mind for the Sixers, but I actually like it -- in a "heh" kind of way.

Elson has an expir ing contract worth 1.7 million, and Jodie Meeks has three years remaining worth a little less than 3 million. Neither one is going to hurt the Sixers financially.

Royal Ivey and Primoz Brezec are both terrible, and have no real future with the team. The Bucks only want them because of their expiring contracts.

If the Bucks throw in a 2nd round pick and I take it as a low-risk, medium-reward transaction for the Sixers.

I saw Meeks at the Summer League and have been a fan of him since college. He's an undersized shooting guard who put up some gaudy numbers at Kentucky. (24 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 46%, 40% from three, and 90% from the line.) However; he's struggled to adjust to the NBA game thus far shooting 36% from the field, 26% from three and 86% from the line in only 11 minutes per this year.

78% of Meeks shots have been jump shots and his eFG% on them is 40%. 90% of them have been assisted, so he hasn't created his own shot very often. 

His offensive rating on the year is a terrible 91, but his defensive rating is 105. Take it for what it's worth, but 105 is a better rating than both Jrue Holiday (109) and Andre Iguodala (107). However; the Bucks defensive rating with Meeks on the floor is 106, and improves to 104 when he's off the court. Individual defense is hard to evaluate, but the numbers say Meeks is a pretty good defender.

The Sixers are getting a guy in Meeks, who the numbers say is a pretty good defender, and has shown he can be a lights out shooter in college and the Summer League. He's cheap and Stefasnki didn't have to give up too much to get him.

I think it's a solid trade for the Sixers.

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