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The proposed trade meets the objectives of Sixers’ trade deadline

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On Jan. 14, Marc Stein revealed through his substack that the Philadelphia 76ers wanted to trade either Furkan Korkmaz or Jaden Springer by the NBA trade deadline in hopes of saving some money.

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

Given the Sixers’ goal of doing deals that save them luxury taxes, ESPN’s Bobby Marks suggested a deal the Sixers could make if trading partners aren’t interested in taking Korkmaz’s contract for another year.

“If the second year of the Korkmaz contract isn’t attractive for the teams, Jaden Springer and cash payments to San Antonio could be traded for a future protected second-round pick,” suggested Marks.

Although Springer’s contract is technically longer than Korkmaz’s, Springer has a team option for next season, meaning his team could decide not to take up the option and thus remove him from his payroll.

Spurs currently have a full roster so they would have to release or trade at least one of their players to make room for jumpers. Should they agree to a deal with the Sixers, they could do what they did when they acquired Noah Vonleh from the Boston Celtics — forgo Gorgui Dieng to make room for Vonleh, and then forego Vonleh. then sign Dieng again.

Trading Springer to the Spurs wasn’t the only hypothetical deal Marks proposed. He also suggested the Sixers trade Korkmaz to the Houston Rockets for Boban Marjanovic to achieve the same goal.

“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.

Korkmaz is expected to earn $5 million this season and $5.37 million next season compared to Marjanovic who not only has an expiring contract but earns $3.5 million this season.

Marjanovic briefly played for the Sixers in the 2018-19 season when he was picked up in the trade that hit Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers but left for the Dallas Mavericks in free agency. He has barely played for the Rockets this season, having appeared in 15 games in which he averaged 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 68.2 percent from the field.

Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer explained why the Sixers are trying to save money by trading some of their expendable players. He also revealed another player who could potentially be traded alongside Korkmaz and Springer.

“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.”

Thybulle featured more in the Sixers’ rotation than Korkmaz and Springer, having played in 41 games compared to Korkmaz, who played 24, and Springer, who played seven. However, due to the additions of De’Anthony Melton and PJ Tucker to the Sixers, he’s only averaging 12.1 minutes per game.



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