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Sixers considered buyout destination for $54M scorer on the bench

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If the Philadelphia 76ers aren’t making any trades at the close, they don’t necessarily have run out of options. There is also the buyout market. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey touched on a possible option the Sixers could explore should they be looking for players to be bought out after the deadline.

“One thing they could do is wait past the trade deadline and find a solid player in the buyout market,” Pompey said. “They could sign expiring people who are currently on young rebuild teams like Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross. Will the magic keep him there if he isn’t traded?”

Ross has been with the Magic since they acquired him from the Toronto Raptors in 2017 in exchange for Serge Ibaka. The Magic are entering a remodeling phase and are currently between 16 and 26 years old. They are currently three games behind the Chicago Bulls for 10th place in the Eastern Conference, so they must decide between fighting for a possible playoff spot or taking a chance at a big lottery win.

If the Magic decide to rebuild, Ross could very well go into the buyout market if they can’t find a deal for him. If he does, the Sixers could draw on his scoring repertoire in their second session behind James Harden and Tyrese Maxey.

In 38 games this season, Ross is averaging eight points while shooting 43 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three.

Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer said if the Sixers don’t get upgrades by the close, they could trade some of their more expendable players from their roster to save money given their tax situation.

“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 made it clear that the Sixers will try to make trades to improve the current team.

“Philadelphia will be actively looking for ways to expand their quest for a championship, especially after the team’s recent 15-3 away game,” Fischer said.

Fischer reported that former Sixers big man Richaun Holmes, who played for the team from 2015-2018, was made available in trade talks by his current team, the Sacramento Kings, after falling out of their 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.

The Kings benched Holmes in favor of Trey Lyles, who was their main big off the bench this season behind Domantas Sabonis.

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