Two Buyout Players The 76ers Should Target

After a less than satisfactory trade deadline, containing just one move that sent defensive wing Matisse Thybulle to the Blazers and brought Hornets youngster Jalen McDaniels to the city of brotherly love, there is a lot left to be desired with this team. The bench is, to say it bluntly, garbage, and although Jalen McDaniels has made an impact in the games he has played, the team still lacks depth . The 76ers still struggle to piece together effective bench lineups, with a lot still left to be desired in terms of depth on the wing and the big man position. Fortunately for the 76ers, the buyout market is still open, and there are a few decent veterans left that could help plug up some of the team’s biggest issues leading into the playoffs.


Will Barton was a pivotal part of Denver’s core for 8 long years; however, he was sent to the Washington Wizards in a deal during the summer of 2022, and was thrust into a team that was battling for a play in position. Barton is 32 years old and is reaching the end of his prime, meaning he could be looking to move towards a contender like Philly.

Stats: 7.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, with 38% shooting from beyond the arc

Barton is a superb corner shooter, connecting 40% of shots from the corner in multiple seasons, which no doubt compliments the elite passing game of James Harden. Barton himself is also a serviceable defender and can easily switch onto guards. Barton would run in the system as a 2 guard and forward, working a role like Melton off the bench, spotting up for threes, and switching onto guards on defense. Although not a game changer, Barton could be a helpful piece in the lineup come playoff time, when playing taller guards like Derrick White and Grayson Allen.

Barton would service Philly as a solid bench player, and could potentially replace the agitated Furkan Korkmaz, who recently asked for a trade at the deadline. A bench core of Maxey, Shake, Barton, Mcdaniels, Reed and Niang could be an upgrade from the previous bench, filled with both veteran talent and an explosive young core.


The painful search for a backup big man to stop the bleeding when Embiid is off the court has been excruciating. The team has consistently been forced to sign veteran, washed big men year after year, and each time the same weaknesses have been exposed. Despite the exciting prospect of seeing Paul Reed playing backup, Morey and the organisation are still looking for a solid veteran big man. Dwayne Dedmon was recently signed to a contract; however, the signing has seen much backlash from the fans of the Sixers, leaving a noticeable gap in the backup C still present.

The answer to their problems could be Kevin Love. K Love was forced out of the rotation a few weeks back as their young core took center stage, leaving much more to be desired from Love. Despite recent reports suggesting Love is content with staying in Cleveland, he could still be looking for a buyout to find minutes with another team. Philly could be that fit for him.

Stats: 8.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 38% from the field

Despite averaging career lows across the board, Love has seen a significant minute's reduction and has not received the opportunity to make genuine production to the team. In Philly, Love could play off the bench as a PF/C and provide the team with a serviceable stretch five. Love above all is a good scorer, effective rebounder, and most importantly, has experience in the Finals playing as the 3rd option to Lebron James during his second stint playing with the Cavs. The bench desperately needs the discipline of a vet with finals experience, and Love could be that veteran. It is somewhat of a gamble, however, if paid off the 76ers could see themselves with a far deeper and more efficient bench lineup.

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