According to Fischer, “the chatter among NBA executives surrounding Siakam’s potential landing spots has now centered on Indiana, Sacramento and Detroit.” Meanwhile, he highlighted the Sixers and Dallas Mavericks as two teams that “don’t appear as viable destinations at this juncture,” although he noted that “Toronto officials have suggested to inquiring front offices as many as 10 teams hold legitimate interest in Siakam.”
Later in the day, longtime NBA insider Marc Stein likewise shot down the Sixers as a potential Siakam landing spot.
“Philadelphia is routinely tossed out there as a likely trade bidder for Chicago’s Zach LaVine or Toronto’s Pascal Siakam, but a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told me again this week that the Sixers should not be expected to pursue either player between now and Feb. 8,” Stein wrote.
The Sixers being on the outside looking in on Siakam trade talks should come as no surprise. While Siakam’s name has bounced around the trade rumor mill all season, the Sixers have yet to be mentioned as a serious suitor for him. Whether they’re nervous about his upcoming free agency, question his on-court fit alongside Joel Embiid or believe he has no interest in reuniting with head coach Nick Nurse, there are plenty of reasons to be lukewarm on him as a trade target.
That lukewarm interest might be mutual, too.
“As evidenced by the Raptors’ return for [OG] Anunoby, and how Toronto dismissed offers of multiple first-rounders for Anunoby during previous transaction cycles, the Raptors are prioritizing young, established players with upside to slot next to Scottie Barnes, as opposed to a bounty of draft capital,” Fischer reported. “Toronto continues to value retooling toward a competitive club and not leaning into any type of rebuild.
He specifically noted that in comparison to Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett, whom the Raptors received in return for Anunoby, the Sixers don’t have “anyone who fits that bill to help land Siakam.” Unless the Raptors are bullish on KJ Martin and/or Jaden Springer, the Sixers mostly have expiring contracts and draft picks to offer in any trades.
While Siakam might not be a viable trade target for the Sixers, Fischer did share some good news on that front. Namely, the Atlanta Hawks appear to be open for business.
“Atlanta owes its 2025 first-round selection to San Antonio as part of the haul that landed Murray, so there’s plenty of sense for the Hawks, currently 14-19, to weigh selling some of its veteran contributors, incorporating a lottery pick alongside Young and Johnson, then stepping back toward Atlanta’s bigger goal of competing in the playoffs under head coach Quin Snyder next season,” Fischer wrote. “Atlanta has been one of the more active teams on the phones across the league.”
According to Fischer, the Hawks have told other teams that Trae Young and Jalen Johnson are their “only untouchable players.” Notably absent from that list? Both Bogdan Bogdanovic and Dejounte Murray.
Through 31 games, Bogdanovic is averaging a career-high 17.7 points on 44.0 percent shooting as well as 3.4 made three-pointers per game. He’s jacking a career-high 8.9 three-point attempts per game and knocking them down at a 38.2 percent clip, which is right in line with his 38.7 percent career average from deep. Bogdanovic is an average defender at best—and even that might be charitable—but his high-volume long-range shooting would fit like a glove next to Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.
Bogdanovic’s contract should make him especially attractive to the Sixers and other suitors. He’s earning only $18.7 million this year, which the Sixers could easily match using Marcus Morris’ $17.1 million expiring contract on its own, and then $17.3 million in 2024-25, $16.0 million in 2025-26 and has a $16.0 million team option in 2026-27. Acquiring him would complicate the cap-space path—the Sixers could no longer offer a max contract to a star free agent this summer unless they dumped Jaden Springer and/or Paul Reed as well—but it wouldn’t close it off entirely.
Murray is a slightly more questionable fit, as his union with Trae Young hasn’t gone quite as Atlanta had hoped. After averaging 21.1 points, 9.2 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game during his final season with the San Antonio Spurs in 2021-22, Murray is now averaging 20.6 points but only 5.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game this season. He’s taking a career-high 6.2 three-point attempts per game and knocking them down at a 38.3 percent clip—a significant increase over the 34.4 percent he shot last season—but his defense has slipped from his Spurs days.
While Murray’s on-court fit with Embiid and Maxey might not be quite as clean as Bogdanovic’s, his contract should be similarly enticing. Murray signed a four-year, $117 million extension with the Hawks this past offseason which doesn’t even go into effect until next year. He’s earning only $18.2 million this year—again, easily matched by Morris’ expiring deal alone—and then $25.5 million in 2024-25, $27.5 million in 2025-26 and $29.3 million in 2026-27 before a $31.5 million player option in 2027-28.
If the Sixers would prefer the other Bogdanovic (Bojan) to Murray or Bogdan Bogdanovic, Fischer had some bad news on that front, too. He reported that the Detroit Pistons “keep signaling to opposing executives an interest in buying” at the trade deadline even though they’re 3-31 and are already 11.5 games behind the Hawks for the final spot in the East’s play-in tournament.
Bogdanovic is earning $20.0 million this year and has only $2 million of his $19.0 million salary guaranteed in 2024-25. Like Bogdan Bogdanovic, Bojan is an efficient, high-volume three-point shooter, except he’s an even worse defender than Bogdan is. He’s also more than three years older than Bogdan and is under contract for fewer years, so if the asking prices are equal, the Sixers would likely prefer Bogdan to Bojan.
Luckily, more slop is bound to drop between now and the Feb. 8 NBA trade deadline, and the Sixers figure to be featured prominently thanks to their win-now window and the assets they acquired in the James Harden trade. But if you want the Sixers to trade for either Murray or Bogdan Bogdanovic, continue rooting for the Hawks’ downfall. (A real tough ask after the 2021 playoffs, I know.)