The Philadelphia 76ers made their move at the deadline when they moved Matisse Thieubul to the Portland Trail Blazers in a four-team deal that netted them Jalen McDaniels from the Charlotte Hornets in a deal that put Philadelphia over the luxury tax line. Brought down too.
The move gives the Sixers another capable perimeter defender, but it also doesn’t fix their backup center issue.
For the time being, Philadelphia is relying on its Montreal pairing of Harrell and Paul Reid, who are both serviceable, but they aren’t necessarily the solution. Harrell is great on the offensive end and he brings a lot of energy, but he struggles with rebounding and defending against big centers, while Reid is a solid defender, but he commits a ton of fouls and doesn’t offer much in the way of offense. does not do.
So, it’s time for the Sixers to turn to the buyout market, which president Daryl Morey says they will remain active in. There are four possible options for Philadelphia and they are:
After spending his season with the Miami Heat, Dedmon was sent to the San Antonio Spurs and looks set to be acquired. The veteran out of USC stands at 7 feet tall and provides size for the Sixers off the bench. He can also hit the occasional trailing 3-pointer in transition which is always nice next to James Harden.
There is no possibility of Ibaka staying there after being sent to the Indiana Pacers. The veteran wants a chance at another ring and the Pacers will buy him, in which case the Sixers should be on him. He is not the same rim protector he once was in his heyday, but he still makes defenders think twice about going to the rim. He can also do a little bit of shooting.
There isn’t much reason for the Pistons to keep Noel. Unless, they want him to be a veteran mentor for their little guys, but if the James Wiseman trade doesn’t fall through, he’ll be behind Wiseman, Jalen Duren and Isaiah Stewart on the depth chart. There is no reason for him to stay and if he is acquired, he would be the perfect addition to block shots at the rim and as a catcher of lobs.
you want the size? You’ve found it in Marjanovic. Komal Vishal has only played in 17 games for the Rockets and could be a potential buyout option for Houston. While with the Sixers in 2019, Marjanovic averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds off the bench behind Joel Embiid and will give the Sixers everything they need for that bench unit.