The Sixers are in the market for a point guard. Two players the team has inquired about are Detroit’s Delon Wright & Oklahoma City’s George Hill, a source tells me.— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) February 15, 2021
Jason Dumas, a NBA reporter for Bleacher Report, reported that the Sixers are inquiring around the league about two guards: Delon Wright and George Hill. This is the second Sixers trade rumor we have heard in the past week. Last week, we saw various reports that the Sixers were interested in Sacramento’s stretch big: Nemanja Bjelica.
Combining these two reports together shows that Daryl Morey’s interest is in the right place, as the Sixers need a stretch big and more reliable playmaking guards. If the Sixers can manage to get two types of players in each of these categories, it can improve an already good Sixers team for a postseason run.
Going back to the report at hand, both of these before-mentioned guards would help the Sixers. Delon Wright is having a career season with the rebuilding Detroit Pistons, thrust into a starting role after their first-round draft pick Killian Hayes went down with a labral tear in his hip. Wright is averaging great numbers for the Pistons: 10.4 PPG, 4.9 APG, 4.7 RPG, and 1.4 SPG. Some would remember that one of his best games of the season came against the Sixers, as Detroit defeated an Embiid-less team. Wright posted a season-high 28 points that night.
Looking out west, it’s no surprise that the Sixers have inquired about George Hill. He’s a well-respected veteran that has aged well with time, putting up productive numbers on good teams with Cleveland and Milwaukee. Hill was shipped through a series of deals to the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder.
Hill was having yet another productive season with the Thunder until he recently went down with a thumb injury. Through 14 games, he put together a respectable stat line of 11.8 PPG, 3.1 APG, 2.1 RPG, and 0.9 SPG.
Either Hill or Wright would bring some much-needed playmaking and scoring to the Sixers — who have lacked such skills as of late with a Shake Milton injury and Tyrese Maxey navigating through his rookie season.
Both players make a comparable salary and have various strengths in different areas. Hill would bring reliable guard defense and perimeter shooting. He actually led the NBA in 3-point percentage last season with the Milwaukee Bucks at a scorching 46 percent from behind the arc. Wright, on the other hand, would bring three-level scoring to the team. He’s best when slashing to the rim, and has developed a decent shot that defenses have to respect.
Look for these trade rumors to continue to get louder as we get closer and closer to the March 25th trade deadline.