Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Sixers could target a pair of Western Conference scoring guards

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As the NBA Finals draw to a close, the start of the offseason is just around the corner. Much like most of his tenure, Daryl Morey will certainly be busy reshuffling the cards in hopes of making the Philadelphia 76ers a Finals contender.

Finding James Harden is high on the Sixers’ to-do list, but there are other things to do. Following the addition of former MVP, Morey is looking to expand the supporting cast to include MVP runner-up Joel Embiid. Based on some of the latest news, Morey should be eyeing a Western Conference team as a potential trading partner.

In a shocking turn of events, Tim Connelly, president of basketball operations at Denver Nuggets, accepted a very lucrative membership offer the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves. With this shock, Denver’s new regime is already trying to make its mark. Action Network’s Matt Moore recently reported that the Nuggets could be very active this summer and named two players to have in a trade.

If the Nuggets want to move Barton and/or Morris, the Sixers have the tools to facilitate a deal. Both players are team-friendly deals, which makes salary matching much easier. Barton is expected to earn $14.3 million next season while Morris is on the books at $9.1 million.

For the money to work, Danny Green needs to be included in a Barton trade. On top of that, a young player like Matisse Thybulle or Furkan Korkmaz, including possible draft compensation, is needed as a sweetener. Green wouldn’t need to be put in a package for Morris, but with Denver looking to compete now, they could want the three-time champion.

One thing that goes for the Sixers is that they have one more chip up their sleeve. Because the Brooklyn Nets chose to defer one of the first-round picks in the James Harden trade, they reclaimed the 23rd pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

From a fit standpoint, Barton and Morris make a lot of sense for the Sixers. Given his microwave scoring ability, Barton could step in as a sixth man. Morris can play a similar role, being the backup point guard behind James Harden.

Barton has been a proven scorer throughout his 11-year NBA career. This season, the 31-year-old averaged 14.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.9 APG and shot nearly 37% from behind the arc at high volume. Morris, 26, posted a career-high 12.6 PPG and 4.4 APG this year while converting 39.5% of his three-pointers.

Negotiating a deal could be difficult, but these are two players worth asking for for the Sixers. Her skills fill a need and help make the team much deeper.



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