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Money worries may cause Sixers to part ways with downgraded starter: Insider

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At 25-16, the Philadelphia 76ers are just five games behind the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 seeds in the Eastern Conference. However, with the trade deadline approaching next month, the Sixers must decide how to approach the deadline.

Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer detailed how the Sixers’ salary cap situation could impact their mindset, particularly at Matisse Thybulle and others as of the deadline.

“There’s also a financial aspect that could underscore the Sixers’ efforts to trade deadlines if the right upgrades don’t materialize,” Fischer said. “This season currently marks Philadelphia’s third straight year as a taxpayer, which would require the Sixers to pay repeat tax rates for every dollar over the 2023-24 tax threshold. The Sixers are currently hovering just above this year’s tax line, which could bring players like Furkan Korkmaz, Matisse Thybulle and Jaden Springer into the trade talk.”

Fischer also said they will be looking for roster upgrades after the Sixers’ final deadline-day basketball stretch.

“Philadelphia will be actively looking for ways to complement the Sixers’ championship pursuit, especially after the team’s recent 15-3 stretch. Philadelphia officials were encouraged by the pairing of Joel Embiid and James Harden and the team’s overall performance, although each All-Star, Tyrese Maxey and other contributors lost significant time to injuries.”

Fischer reported that former Sixers big man Richaun Holmes was made available in trade talks because he wasn’t in the Sacramento Kings rotation.

“Richaun Holmes is available for trading, league sources told Yahoo Sports. After signing a four-year, $46 million deal in the 2021 offseason, Holmes was not part of head coach Mike Brown’s rotation this season,” Fischer said.

Holmes has played 26 games this season. In nine minutes per game, Holmes is averaging 2.7 points, two rebounds and 0.3 blocks while shooting 63.3 percent from the field. The Kings have favored Trey Lyles as their primary backup big behind Domantas Sabonis over Holmes.

Holmes is expected to earn $11.2 million this season and has two years and $24 million left on his contract with a player option for the 2024-25 season.

Given his familiarity with the Sixers and his past productivity, Holmes could potentially be a trade target for the Sixers if they want an upgrade at their backup center spot.

Adam Aaronson of The Rights to Ricky Sanchez proposed a deal that would send Thybulle to the Utah Jazz for Kelly Olynyk.

Aaronson pointed out that the Sixers would have to include Thbulle in the deal for salary reasons.

“[Olynyk]has a number high enough that the Sixers would probably have to send back a package that not only includes Furkan Korkmaz as a salary filler, but also Matisse Thybulle as someone to make the money work and incentivize Utah to have one.” deal,” Aaronson said.

Aaronson then explained why the Sixers could make such a deal.

“I know that the idea of ​​moving Thybulle to Olynyk is unattractive at first glance. But let’s say Thybulle is once again losing his permanent place in the rotation, and the Sixers fear he’s getting exorbitant offers this summer as a restricted free agent: Cashing in on his value by transferring him to a recovery team like play alternately with the jazz.”

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