When Ersan Ilyasova departed for a three-year deal in Milwaukee, the Sixers replaced him with Nemanja Bjelica, because of his ability to space the floor as a big. But when Bjelica bailed, reneging on his agreement to play in Europe (or Sacramento, apparently), the Sixers were left with a hole in their rotation, as they now once again were in need of a big-man who can knock down threes.
Well, it looks like that hole has been officially filled.
Per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Sixers are involved in the Carmelo Anthony-to-Atlanta deal, making it a three-teamer. They are sending incoming third-year wing Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot to Oklahoma City, and fourth-year wing Justin Anderson to Atlanta, receiving Mike Muscala from the Hawks, a serviceable role player with a limited skillset, but a strength- shooting- that the Sixers were clearly coveting.
Muscala will make $5,000,000 this season, in the second year of a two-year contract. He seemingly will play some backup minutes at both power forward and center.
Muscala is a career 37.8% shooter from beyond the arc, and last year averaged career-highs 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Dealing both Luwawu-Cabbarot, who was in danger of being the victim of a roster crunch, and Anderson, who has shown flashes but never been consistent, now will make the preseason less stressful for Sixers management, as they now have just 14 guaranteed contracts, not including the seemingly inevitable signing of 2017 second-round pick Jonah Bolden.
This deal also shows the confidence that the Sixers seem to have in their other depth wings, specifically new arrival Wilson Chandler and rookie Zhaire Smith, also potentially meaning Las Vegas Summer League standout Furkan Korkmaz could see some run at the beginning of the year. While Chandler and Smith already would have been ahead of Anderson and Luwawu-Cabarrot on the depth chart, this ensures them more minutes right off the bat.
Is Muscala a good addition? Did the Sixers give up too much? What do you think, Sixers fans?