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Sixers tied with Eastern Conference rivals as James Harden support

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In a Jan. 19 The Ringer article, Michael Pina previewed the needs of each NBA draft and free agency team. With the Philadelphia 76ers lacking a first-round pick this year, Pina didn’t elaborate on what they needed from the draft, instead explaining who the Sixers could target in free agency in the upcoming offseason and lifting specifically out to get a PJ Tucker. type player.

“Aside from ‘Don’t lose James Harden’ as the overarching offseason goal, the Sixers should be looking for a younger, more offensively assertive version of PJ Tucker and re-signing Georges Niang, whose 3-point shooting was a boon to the lineup with Joel Embiid and Harden,” Pina said.

Pina then elaborated on what this type of player is and gave examples including Joe Ingles of the Milwaukee Bucks.

“The Sixers don’t have a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but if they’re sticking with Harden this summer, they should look for another veteran with playoff experience who won’t be sent off in a playoff series. Think Otto Porter Jr., Joe Ingles or Torrey Craig.”

In 13 games this season, Ingles averaged 6.8 points, four assists and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.

The Sixers could very well target this Tucker replacement, but they don’t have a first-round pick this year, having traded them to the Brooklyn Nets the James Harden trade.

As part of his preview of the NBA trade deadline, ESPN’s Bobby Marks suggested a trade for every team, including the Sixers. Mark’s proposed trade would not only reunite the Sixers with a familiar face, but also save them money.

“Furkan Korkmaz, 2029 runner-up and post-Houston money considerations for Boban Marjanovic. The trade would take the ’76 below the luxury tax threshold,” suggested Marks.

Marjanovic played for the Sixers in the 2018-19 season after being placed in the trade with Tobias Harris. Marjanovic then signed with the Dallas Mavericks, where he played three seasons before being traded to the Houston Rockets in the final offseason.

According to Marc Stein, the Sixers want to trade players like Korkmaz to save money.

“There is a rising expectation that Philadelphia will attempt to move either Jaden Springer or Furkan Korkmaz before the Feb. 9 close in hopes of losing luxury tax dollars,” Stein said on his substack.

On a Jan. 14 episode of “Pullin’ Up With Keith Smith and Adam Taylor,” Smith mentioned which backup centers the Sixers might be considering. One option Smith raised was Andre Drummond, who played for the team last season.

“I wouldn’t really be shocked if it turned into ‘you know what, let’s get Andre Drummond back,'” Smith said. “So he’s a guy whose contract has expired and he signed with the Bulls. If the Bulls say, “Yeah, the backup center is a luxury for us because we’re not very good,” Philly might trade for Drummond for next to nothing. And that could be because he played really well for Philadelphia a year ago.

The Sixers, who may be trading for Drummond, depend on the attitude the bulls will have at the close. At 21-24, the Bulls’ season hasn’t gone the way they would have liked, but they are 10th seed in the Eastern Conference rankings, so they could make the playoffs if they so desire.

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