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NBA Trade Rumors: Sixers targeted trade for Celtics guard Avery Bradley, ‘no traction’

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The Sixers looked into acquiring Celtics guard Avery Bradley.

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The Sixers remain engaged in talks right up until the NBA trade deadline. According to a report from The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are in the market for “defensive-minded guards” and inquired about Celtics guard Avery Bradley.

Woj says the Sixers have made no traction:

This seems like a fairly transparent attempt to get a gold star for trying, and since I usually make fun of Danny Ainge for doing this — they “almost had” about 15 star players! — it only seems fair to have a chuckle about this leak.

If the Sixers were able to get a deal done for Bradley, he’d fit like a glove alongside Ben Simmons. He’s a good shooter (40.9 from three this season, 36.7 career), one of the league’s peskiest guard defenders, and on a great contract through next season. His ability to play off-ball suits him for a role alongside the Sixers’ future point-forward.

The Sixers would have to pay Bradley after next season, but he’s only owed just under $9 million in 2017-18, which would allow the Sixers to upgrade significantly without having to commit long-term dollars yet.

I wouldn’t expect this one to happen, but hey:

The Sixers have trades to make. Who's likely to be out the door?

Posted by Liberty Ballers on Thursday, January 12, 2017