With the NBA trade deadline quickly approaching, it appears that the Philadelphia 76ers will be one of the more active teams trying to make a deal.
Over the last few weeks, the team has been connected to Jeremy Lin, Noah Vonleh, Mike Scott, Frank Kaminsky, and Taurean Prince. While none of these players are considered “needle movers”, it gave us a glimpse into what Philly is potentially looking for.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that the Sixers are seeking a wing shooter and center. Philly could use the depth at both spots, despite the production that they are getting from Mike Muscala, Jonah Bolden, and the recently acquired Corey Brewer.
Therefore, who could hypothetically be on their radar now? A few options are Reggie Bullock of the Detroit Pistons, Wayne Ellington of the Miami Heat, and Dewayne Dedmon of the Atlanta Hawks.
Dedmon is just one of the many players that Atlanta is reportedly discussing deals for per Charania. However, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reported last weekend that the 27-year-old Bullock and backup point guard Ish Smith is garnering trade interest on the market.
Ellis added that Bullock could be of use to a team like the Sixers, who have dreams of making a deep playoff run. This season, the 27-year-old is averaging a career-high 12.3 points per game on 38.4-percent shooting from three-point range (6.6 attempts per game).
In addition to his offense, Bullock is a solid defender with a defensive rating (DRtg) of 113 and a defensive rebounding percentage of 7.8.
What also makes him an interesting trade candidate is that he is only making $2.5 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Ellis also reported that Detroit would like to re-sign Bullock. But he believes if they can get a first-round pick in a deal, then they should move him.
If you are Sixers GM Elton Brand, is Bullock worth giving up your 2019 first-round pick for over a guy such as Prince? That is a tough sell.
However, if it was for a second round pick and maybe Furkan Korkmaz? That deal could work out for both teams.
If Bullock does end up costing too much, the Sixers could go after Ellington, who is looking to get out of Miami.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Ellington’s agent and the Heat have held discussions about a potential trade. The veteran shooting guard is reportedly seeking more minutes.
Ellington has only played in 22 games this season while averaging 21.2 minutes per game. He is also shooting 7.9 points a game on 37.1-percent shooting from three-point range.
With that all being known, could Ellington receive more minutes in Philly? It is a possibility as he could play the same role that Marco Belinelli played last season.
However, he can veto any trade that the Heat presents to him. But something tells me that Ellington would not be opposed to returning home.
From there, the only issue would be the Sixers coming up with a logical trade as they do not have many assets, except picks in their arsenal.