Hollinger expects Sixers to make a salary dump trade before deadline
The Philadelphia 76ers have been involved in a lot of trade rumors over recent weeks before Thursday’s 3 p.m. EST deadline as they look to achieve one of two things: improve their roster while also shedding some salary.
At the moment, the Sixers are roughly $1.1 million above the luxury tax line and that’s something to keep in mind over the next few days. That might limit some flexibility and limit what president Daryl Morey and the front office can do in the trade market.
Therefore, the Sixers are likely to make a deal, but it won’t be nearly as big as the 2022 deadline when they had to deal with the Ben Simmons saga.
Per John Hollinger of The Athletic:
If there is one team to absolutely, positively bet on making a trade to ditch salary, it’s Philadelphia. The Sixers are a mere $1.17 million over the tax line; despite having a good team that is in contention, they also have some very tradeable players at the end of the bench not doing much. Furkan Korkmaz, Danuel House and Jaden Springer hardly play and make $12 million between them; they’re each signed for next year, which makes things more complicated, but Philly might be able to part with its 2023 Knicks second-rounder to offload one of them and get below the tax.
Morey will have a few decisions to make before the deadline on Thursday. He will have to find an upgrade at the backup center position while also finding a way to shed some salary. While any deal Philadelphia makes won’t be earth-shattering as the one in 2022, it will still be an important one as they move forward.
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