Sixers monitoring market for a veteran sharpshooter to come off the bench
The Philadelphia 76ers are on the lookout for a proven veteran that could knock down shots, preferably someone who can come off the bench. While the Sixers already has Furkan Korkmaz as an able shooter, team general manager Elton Brand is closely monitoring the market (be it through free agency or trade) should a more polished piece becomes available, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“We are going to monitor, for sure. A lot of things have to fall into place as in any championship run. But I’m certainly going to look at and monitor and look at any way I can improve the team throughout the season.”
The team is in no rush to do it, however, believing that they already have a championship-caliber roster but it wouldn’t hurt to round out the roster with a perimeter player as insurance when the postseason gets deeper.
The Sixers used to not have this problem with All-Star wing Jimmy Butler and most notably elite three-point specialist JJ Redick in their starting five. But the team had no choice to let both players walk away and avoid luxury tax penalties, opting to stick with certain players instead (re-signing Tobias Harris who’s the more reliable shooter than Butler, giving star point guard Ben Simmons a lucrative extension) and opt for cost-effective alternatives like Josh Richardson.
Despite lacking a pure shooter in their roster, the team at least is banking on some key players to be able to hit them when it counts for now.