8 Sixers trade targets

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 04, 2020 - 8:22 am

The Sixers better hope this is rock bottom. And if it isn’t, this team is in major trouble. 

The Sixers lost on Monday night to the Miami Heat in embarrassing fashion, 137-06. The loss was their third in a row, and with 51 games played, the Sixers are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference — a conference they were viewed as favorites to win. 

What is clear is that something needs to change. The question is what can general manager Elton Brand do with a roster that has so few assets that can actually be traded. 

Here are a few names to keep an eye on before Thursday’s trade deadline: 

Robert Covington, Minnesota Timberwolves: According to a New York Times report, the Sixers are "at the front" of the line with the Houston Rockets in their pursuit of Minnesota Timberwolves wingman Robert Covington. Covington is averaging 12.8 points this season on 43% shooting from the field and 34.7% from three. RoCo is under contract for a very reasonable $11.3 million this season, $12.1 million in 2020-21, and $12.9 million in 2021-22. A package centered around Mike Scott and Zhaire Smith would work financially. 

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings: the 6-foot-6 shooting guard is averaging 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 28 minutes a game for the Kings while also shooting 37% from three on 6.9 attempts per game. The Kings could be willing to move him as opposed to watching him walk as a free agent this summer, but an issue for the Sixers could be re-signing him, and being willing to pay the luxury tax bill that would come with it. 

Marcus Morris, New York Knicks: Morris, a 30-year-old Philadelphia native, is averaging a career-high 19.4 points and 5.5 rebounds on 44.0 FG% / 43.8 3P% / 81.6 FT% shooting. Morris has a $15 million salary this season before becoming an unrestictred free-agent after the season. In order to take on Morris' 2019-20 remaining salary, the Sixers would be to move some significant pieces. Maybe a three-team deal could be possible, but Elton Brand certainly is going to have his work cut out for him to get a deal done. 

D.J. Augustin, Orlando Magic: The Sixers have been linked to a few point guards, and recent comments by Brett Brown saying Ben Simmons is going to have to play off-ball more is an indication that they want to make a deal for a point guard that would play semi-significant minutes. A veteran that has 846 games played, Augustin would fit the bill as a player the Sixers could count on to come in and play big minutes in important games. Augustin is having a solid year for the Magic, averaging 10.7 points and 4.7 assists 26 minutes, but his shooting is an issue, as he is hitting just 39% of his shots overall. 

Derrick Rose, Detroit Pistons: Rose, 31, is averaging 18.5 points and 5.8 assists in 26.4 minutes per game this season for a struggling Detroit team who is without Blake Griffin due to injury. Rose is shooting a career high 49.8-percent from the field, 31.5-percent from three, and 86.9-percent from the line. For the Sixers, Rose could serve as a sixth man capable of playing backup point guard, providing instant offense, and running the offense late in close games, something Ben Simmons has struggled to do. Contractually, Rose is an attractive option as he's making under $8 million dollars this season and next. The Sixers have been reported to  have interest in Rose multiple times. 

Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards: If the Sixers decide they need to add a shooter, they likely won’t be able to do much better than Bertans, who is hitting an extremely impressive 42% of his threes this season on 8.4 attempts per game. The question is whether the Wizards will be able to move him, and if they do, whether the Sixers will be able to put together a package good enough to land him over other teams that have more to offer. 

Wayne Ellington, New York Knicks: The Sixers seem to always be linked to Ellington, but despite being from the area and seeming to always fit a need for them, he hasn’t played a single minute in his 11 year career for his hometown team. Ellington is currently not getting many minutes for the Knicks, averaging just 4.0 points and 1 assist in 14.1 minutes. A career 37% shooter from three, Ellington is hitting only 30% this season on 3.5 attempts per game. Perhaps a change of scenery, and a trip back to the area he was born, would return his game back to what it was last season, when he averaged 10.3 points on 37% from deep. 

Jabari Parker, Atlanta Hawks: Parker has not turned into the franchise player many thought he would as the No. 2 overall pick, but he could provide some much-needed scoring for the Sixers off the bench. Parker is averaging 15.0 points per-game this season in just 26.2 minutes, and likely wouldn’t cost much to land in a deal with the Hawks. 

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