The NBA Trade Deadline is fast approaching and the Philadelphia 76ers figure to be actively working the phones, prepared to swing a deal. The Sixers could use depth across the board, but if they are able to nab any of the following three, it will likely be a successful deadline (although a final assessment following the buyout market would be more appropriate, all things considered):
- A starting caliber forward, preferably of the stretch four variety
- A guard who can defend the point of attack, occasionally run the point, and keep Spencer Dinwiddie from having career nights in South Philadelphia
- A two-way wing who can stay on the floor in May
For a more extensive look into potential Sixers trade targets, see Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of our Sixers Trade Deadline Primer. (Parts 2 and 3 to come.)
Below, you can track all Sixers-related news and rumors around the deadline.
February 7th: The Sixers are trading Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons, a 1st round pick (via OKC) and a 2nd round pick (via CLE).
Orlando is sending Jonathon Simmons, OKC first-round pick, and Cleveland second-round pick for Fultz. - @ShamsCharania
February 7th: The Sixers have traded for James Ennis of the Houston Rockets. Houston will receive a 2021 2nd round pick swap in exchange.
Rockets traded James Ennis for swap rights to a 2021 second-round pick, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. https://t.co/I7ztF23sr3— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019
February 6th: The Sixers have traded cash considerations to the Toronto Raptors for Malachi Richardson, Toronto’s 2022 2nd round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic. From the press release:
PHILADELPHIA – FEB. 6, 2019 – Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand announced today that the team has acquired Malachi Richardson, Toronto’s 2022 second-round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldžić in a trade with the Raptors.
February 6th: The Sixers have executed a blockbuster trade for Tobias Harri, sending out Landry Shamet and draft picks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources: Clippers and Sixers have agreed to trade Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, 2020 first-rounder, 2021 unprotected 1st via Miami and two second rounders.
Sixers sending 2021 and 2023 second-round picks to Clippers, per sources. - @wojespn
February 4th: Corey Brewer’s 10-day contract has expired, and the Sixers have not signed him for the remainder of the season. However, there is a chance Brewer does return after the trade deadline passes.
Sixers will not be signing Corey Brewer for remainder of season. He is a free agent.— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) February 4, 2019
Because the 76ers want to preserve a roster spot heading into Thursday, Brewer will miss the 76ers game on Tuesday. The likelihood is that Brewer is signed for the rest of the season after the deadline passes. Expect the 76ers also to be active in the buyout market. https://t.co/dS4jR6eXeB— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 4, 2019
February 4th: Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the Sixers are among a handful of teams interested in Wes Matthews.
The Knicks are exploring the trade market for Wes Matthews before Thursday's 3 PM deadline, league sources say, but there are also several antsy suitors hoping Matthews makes it to the buyout market. Among them: Houston, Oklahoma City, Toronto, Philadelphia and, yes, Golden State— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 4, 2019
February 2nd: The New Orleans Pelicans have not indicated they have any intentions of trading Jrue Holiday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Amid the Anthony Davis talks, teams calling on New Orleans' next best player -- guard Jrue Holiday -- tell ESPN that the Pels are indicating no interest in moving him. Beyond this season, Holiday has three years, $77M left on deal through 2022.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 2, 2019
February 1st: The Sixers have reengaged league interest in Markelle Fultz, according to Jon Johnson of 94.1 WIP.
Per NBA source, as the trade deadline inches closer, the Sixers have reengaged league interest in Markelle Fultz.— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) February 1, 2019
February 1st: Hasheem Tabeet has recently worked out for the Sixers, among other Eastern Conference contenders according to Reid Forgrave of CBS Sports.
And the now is what is perhaps most interesting for Thabeet. He says he’s in the best shape of his life. He’s working out three times a day, from skills work on the court to lifting in the weight room to running and plyometrics. He’s running seven-minute miles. He’s never been injury-prone. His body is more cut up now than it was when he was in college. He can jump and reach the top of the backboard. He’s extended his range to the 3-point line; his agent, Jerry Dianis, sent me a video where he knocked down four out of five 3-pointers, which doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to turn into Dirk Nowitzki but is certainly much more than you’d expect from Hasheem Thabeet. He’s recently worked out for three Eastern Conference contenders -- the Philadelphia 76ers, the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks -- and has more workouts coming up. One NBA executive said he was “pleasantly surprised about Hasheem’s attitude and outlook.”
February 1st: The Sixers have shown interest in Nikola Mirotic of the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.
According to a league source, one team that has expressed interest in Mirotic is the Sixers, who have been eager to land a stretch-4 after having traded away Dario Saric in the Jimmy Butler package. New Orleans is seeking a first-round pick, and the Sixers have all their own first-rounders and a Miami first-rounder in 2021, plus an enormous stash of second-rounders: three (including Chicago’s) this year, three (including New York’s or Brooklyn’s) next year and four in 2021.
January 30th: Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports that the Sixers have shown interest in Dewayne Dedmon, but have been hesitant to make a deal if it means trading Fultz.
Atlanta Hawks big man Dewayne Dedmon has drawn the 76ers’ interest, sources tell ESPN. He would bring athleticism and defense, along with shooting.
But to get him, the 76ers would likely have to do something they have so far been resistant to, per sources: trading 2017 No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz.
“I don’t believe there is any uncertainty,” Brown said. “I think, at times, you are trying to move some pieces around. If that equals uncertainty, so be it. But I think there’s enough certainty to understand that we want to be as aggressive as we can.
”Elton will be as aggressive as he can be in the next week to bolster our team. And I think that that is, as I’ve just said, that doesn’t equate to, ‘We don’t really know what we have.’ That’s not it.”
January 28th: Sixers have no plans to pursue a deal for Anthony Davis, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.
Philadelphia, which could put together a fairly competitive offer for Davis, currently has no plans to pursue a deal, sources said. Rich Paul of Klutch Sports represents Davis and Ben Simmons, and a deal centered on swapping his clients is highly unlikely.