The Philadelphia 76ers have shown interest in Luke Kennard and Langston Galloway, both of the Detroit Pistons, as well as free agent Jeff Green, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Both Detroit targets make sense for the Sixers to varying degrees. Luke Kennard in particular has me intrigued. The 3rd-year Duke product has been a proficient perimeter shooter since entering the league (40.2% on 647 3PA) and has developed his game to be more than just a spot-up threat. In 32.9 minutes per game this season, Kennard is dishing out 4.1 assists and running 4.1 pick-and-rolls. He’s taken on more responsibility as a creator, leading to a career-high 20.0% usage per Cleaning The Glass. He’d fit pretty seamlessly with both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
In addition to providing value on the court, he’s also on a bargain rookie-scale contract — which makes you wonder: why in the world would the Detroit Pistons be interested in trading Kennard? It takes two and the Pistons would likely need to be blown away to give up Kennard.
Langston Galloway seems to be a bit more feasible a target, but I’m not positive he moves the needle enough to shake up the chemistry of the team, especially if there’s any possibility that it complicates a potential future acquisition for a position of greater need. On one hand, Galloway would be a willing spot-up shooter and that of course can’t hurt. On the other hand, the Sixers need a little more than that — a player who can create off the dribble for both himself and his teammates in addition to spotting up. But hey, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. The Pistons are spiraling and they may be convinced to sell, sell, sell. If the Sixers were able to acquire Galloway for a reasonable price and opportunity cost, it’s certainly worth considering.
It’s no crime to do your due diligence, but I don’t think Jeff Green makes much sense for the Sixers. I find it a much more attractive option to give a shot to a player you’ve spent draft capital on.