Jaden Springer has been assigned to the Delaware Blue Coats and will be available in their matchup against the Greensboro Swarm Saturday, the Sixers announced.
The 21-year-old guard has been in and out of the Sixers’ rotation after a strong showing during the preseason. An illness kept him out of action for three games. His return coincided with the team getting up to full strength, making him a DNP-CD for the last three games. The James Harden trade, which netted the Sixers three wings players that are rotation worthy, hasn’t helped Springer’s cause either.
The Tennessee product found himself in the rotation on opening night where he recorded a highlight-reel, two-handed block on a Damian Lillard layup attempt. While defense has been his calling card, the offensive side of the game hasn’t come as naturally to the former first-round pick at the NBA level. His shot showed a lot of promise in the preseason, but he’s gone just 3-of-12 from deep with the Sixers in the regular season.
Springer returns to Delaware where he helped the Blue Coats capture their first G League title last season, even taking home Finals MVP. You’ll recall he went to Atlanta the next night and was excellent in a surprising Sixers’ win over Trae Young and the Hawks.
This shouldn’t be looked at as any type of demotion. It’s more an opportunity for Springer to simply get up and down a basketball court for the first time since missing so much action.