Former NBA veteran C.J. Watson believes Sixers need to break up duo

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The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to upgrade their roster this offseason to truly contend for a title in the 2021-22 season. The Sixers do not have much money to play with in free agency, so their options are through the draft and through trades.

The biggest possible trade for the Sixers would involve 24-year-old All-Star Ben Simmons. His shooting 34.2% from the free-throw line in the postseason affected other parts of his game: He had five points on four shots in the Game 7 loss to Atlanta in the second round.

The high-visibility performance poured gasoline on the embers of long-time calls for Simmons to be traded, and the Sixers appear to be taking trade calls for the guard. He still has a lot of trade value considering his age and everything he has accomplished in the league.

Former 10-year NBA veteran C.J. Watson joined Paul Gant on the “Go4it” podcast, and he said he believes it’s time for the Sixers to break up the Simmons and Joel Embiid duo:

I think I have to break them up. I think they need more shooting around a guy like Joel Emibiid. He definitely has to have shooting. They have to take the model like the Phoenix Suns have. If you have a big like that, who can score the ball, you have to put a lot of shooting around him, a lot of guys who don’t need the ball, a lot of defensive guys. I think that’s what they’re missing.

Considering the NBA is something of a copycat league, the Sixers will probably take a look at both the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks, who are in the NBA Finals to see how they can reach the top. The Sixers have shooters, but they could upgrade by adding another big threat from the perimeter to help Embiid get the job done in the playoffs.

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