It’s strange to think the Sixers would already be willing to depart with Al Horford after signing him to a generous, four-year deal over the offseason. After watching his first 33 games in a Sixers uniform, though, it’s not all that shocking.
Horford is averaging 12 points-per-game for the Sixers. He is shooting at a career-low 44-per cent from the field. Horford has had some solid games earlier on in the season. His performances as of late have not been helping the team at all.
Considering how much he is being paid, and how frustrated he’s becoming with his role on the team, it could be time to cut the Horford experiment short.
I could confidently say that a trade involving Mike Scott would not go over well with a lot of the 76ers’ fan base. As is a pretty well-known fact, the veteran reserve has become the people’s champ in Philadelphia ever since he had been traded to the Sixers from the Clippers at the deadline last season.
Scott’s gritty mentality and sharpshooting from long range helped the Sixers out a lot last season. But this year has been a completely different story. He is currently shooting 34-per cent from three off the bench and struggling defensively. Scott doesn’t have a lot to offer to the 76ers as of now.
Letting go of a young player before he fully develops is always a risky move. The Sixers witnessed that first-hand as they dealt a thriving Landry Shamet to the Clippers last season. While Zhaire Smith and Shamet aren’t necessarily equal. The Sixers still have high hopes for Smith, as he develops his game further in the G-League.
The Sixers do not have endless opportunities here — but there are ways for them to get creative. Soon, they will have to do something because their current personnel is just not cutting it. This is essential if they want to be seen as competitors.
Who Should Come Into the Philadelphia 76ers and Why
Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets
The Sixers would potentially be interested in Harris for shooting; On the season, Harris is attempting 6.3 3s per game and connecting at a 43 per cent clip. Like Bertans, he could help to open up the offense for Philadelphia. Harris also projects as a solid fit alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn, so there’s a good chance that Brooklyn could hold on to him and try to sign him when he hits unrestricted free agency over the summer.
The Philadelphia 76ers could trade Mike Scott and Zhaire Smith for Joe Harris.
Alec Burks of the Golden State Warriors
In Philadelphia, Burks could provide the Sixers with some scoring production off of the bench and another player capable of spacing the floor. Burks has stepped up offensively for the Warriors in the absence of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson this season, as he’s averaging 15.9 points and 3.0 assists per game in nearly 30 minutes of action. Burks is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, it seems unlikely that the Warriors will bring him back. In Philadelphia, Burks could provide the Sixers with some scoring production off of the bench and another player capable of spacing the floor. Burks would help here, as he can generate his own offense and is capable of scoring from all three levels.
The Philadelphia 76ers could trade Raul Neto for Alec Burks.
Reggie Bullock of the New York Knicks
Bullock just returned to game action on New Year’s Day after he underwent offseason surgery for a cervical disc herniation, so that’s a bit of a concern. The Sixers could certainly benefit from his ability to shoot and score. Bullock is a career 39 per cent shooter from long distance, and he’s averaged over 11 points per game in each of the last two seasons. It’s yet to be seen if the Knicks would actually be interested in moving Bullock. Given the current state of their team, all options should be on the table.
The Philadelphia 76ers could trade Zhaire Smith for Reggie Bullock.