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:
Sources: Philadelphia searching for defensive-minded guards to play with Ben Simmons. One target: Boston's Avery Bradley. No traction.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
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