The Sixers are hoping to land a reliable backup center before next week’s trade deadline, sources tell Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice. Montrezl Harrell and Paul Reed have been filling that role, but Harrell hasn’t been strong defensively and the coaching staff doesn’t fully trust Reed, according to Neubeck.
Neubeck states that the front office is willing to add another big man even if it can’t get rid of Harrell or Reed in the same deal. He mentions former Sixer Andre Drummond, whom the Bulls are reportedly open to trading, as an example of the type of traditional center the team wants to acquire.
Several teams have contacted the Timberwolves about Naz Reid, but Neubeck doesn’t expect him to be an option for Philadelphia. He also says the decision could wait for the buyout market, although it could be tough to find a long-term solution who’s content to be a backup for Embiid.
There’s more from Philadelphia:
- Furkan Korkmaz, Danuel House and Jaden Springer are the best candidates to be moved in the type of deals the Sixers are considering, Neubeck adds. He hears from sources that Matisse Thybulle would likely be included in a “higher-end” trade, with the Kings among several teams that have shown interest in the fourth-year guard. Shake Milton, who’s headed for free agency after the season, could be useful as a trade sweetener, according to Neubeck.
- Magic guard Markelle Fultz had 12 points and 10 assists Monday night while playing his first game in Philadelphia since being traded to Orlando in 2019, notes Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Sixers had hoped Fultz would be part of their foundation after drafting him first overall in 2017, but a combination of injuries and shooting difficulties led to him playing just 33 combined games in his two seasons with the team. “I’ve always been a big fan,” Embiid said of his former teammate. “When we traded him, I was disappointed because I felt like we were giving up on him too early.”
- Georges Niang and Milton believe too much was made about an on-court argument they had during Saturday’s nationally televised game, per Gina Mizell of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Niang was upset about not getting a pass from Milton on a two-on-one break, but they both joked about the incident afterward. “I just told both of them to let it go, that we had a [expletive] game to win,” Embiid said. “I think it’s also good for the team, not a bad thing. Guys get into each other, that makes us better. … After the game, we’re all laughing.”
20 thoughts on “Sixers Notes: Trade Deadline, Fultz, Niang, Milton”
Philly shoulda trusted the process w/ Markelle.. link to m.youtube.com
Colangelo does not even understand what those words mean lol
They never shoulda fired Hinkie/hired Colangelo
No, plain and simple. Fultz wad horrid here and it was very clear he had no interest in playing for this team. Good riddance.
Philly should of never drafted Fultz in the first place. Could of stayed at 3 and drafted Tatum and would have Simmons and Embid coming back from injuries. Danny fleeced Colangelo
Furkan, Matisse, Paul Reed, Filip Petrusev & Phi’s 2029 1st (top18 protected) to Detroit for (Villanova legend) Saddiq Bey & Nerlens Noel
I’d pass on all those Philly scrubs.
Matisse addresses 1 of Detroit’s main issues. Petrusev could be a really good young addition to their frontcourt. And Furkan could thrive as a shooter opposite Bojan on the wing
If Petrusev would be a really good addition to a frontcourt he would be in Philly right now.
Oof that’s terrible logic
I was just trying to save time.
Doesn’t have a motor.
Disappears for long stretches of games.
Didn’t get along with his teammates at Gonzaga.
Not athletic enough to guard Power forwards in the NBA, not strong enough to guard centers.
Lacking in post defense in general.
Not a very good free throw shooter and is average at best from 3.
As a Zags fan, I just want to point out that Petrusev not getting along with teammates is total conjecture. Unless you have a direct quote, as far as I know, it’s never been confirmed.
Brandon Clarke, Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs, Drew Timme, Anton Watson, Killian Tillie, Zach Norvell, Josh Perkins, Andrew Nembhard, and Oumar Ballo (during his brief Zags stint) are all former teammates who follow him on social media. Only a few guys who overlapped with him don’t follow him, but Hachimura, for example, only follows 1 person so it almost doesn’t even count.
Lol this guy. What teammates was he beefin wit a Gonzaga? That’s the 1st I heard of that. I’ll give you that he’s gonna be a weak defender in the league but obv his strength is on the other side of the court & he’s clearly good enough to be an nba player for a long time, especiallyfor a Detroit squad that doesn’t have anybody like him & could use a frontcourt scorer.. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ—FO8rYw
Joel Embiid to Orlando confirmed?
Kings Trade Exception
My best trade proposal
Kings get Thybulle
76ers get TPE and 3 Seconds
(76ers would look for a luxury protected First)
Edit: Lottery protected First
2 separate trades would be
Kings get Thybulle
76ers get 1 Second and TPE
Kings get Korkmaz and Milton
76ers get Mitchell and 2 Seconds
Expiring crap for bench guys is not worth a first round pick
Petrusev looks good offensively, but still needs work defensively. He is a legit 6’11”, and plays a nice stretch 5 or PF. He has a nice shot. I could see him coming over from Europe next year and getting backup minutes.
Mavs: Terrance Davis, Montrez Harrell and a 2nd (kings)
Kings are happy, Sixers get a reliable back up centre and Mavs add another wing, a back up big and a draft pick
Morey should absolutely target Drummond,he is the perfect backup to Joel. A Korkmaz for Drummond & a 2nd rd flip option, gets the backup C who can rebound & defend that we desperately need, and gets 76ers under luxury tax. I think Paul Reed needs to be moved to the 4, and start against bigger teams that give us problems on offensive glass. If they continue to refuse to play Reed there, John Collins would be a good fit at the 4, but I don’t know if some combo of PJ, Thybulle/House, Harrell, Springer & picks gets Collins out of ATL of not.
If we have Joel/Drummond, Reed/Niang/PJ Tobias/Thybulle/House Harden/Milton, Melton/Maxey to roll into the playoffs with, and everyone is healthy, I think we have the best roster in the NBA. My only concern is coaching, only bc I’ve seen Doc’s refusal to change his ways no matter how many 20 point leads he blows in playoffs and regular season, he won’t make adjustments. Really frustrating.
76ers never come close to actually defending the 3 well, and can’t rebound when opponent does miss. Guys are usually flailing somewhere around free throw line. Magic’s closeouts against 76ers was amazing! Wish Doc would wake up.