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Report: Sixers to search trade market for perimeter shooting threats with playmaking ability

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The Philadelphia 76ers will be in the market for “perimeter shooting threats with playmaking ability,” according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. The Sixers have lost four straight games, including most recently to the Houston Rockets where they shot just 6-of-27 from beyond the arc.

The Sixers’ poor spacing is of particular concern, especially for Embiid. Sources say the Sixers will search the trade market for perimeter shooting threats with playmaking ability, a need that was apparent as Philadelphia went 6-of-27 from 3-point range Friday night.

Philly superstar big man Joel Embiid expressed his concerns with the Sixers’ spacing after the team lost to the Rockets on Friday:

“The way I’m being guarded, I’m being doubled every time I have the ball and everybody crowds the paint, so it’s kind of hard to just move the ball and just keep it moving and find ways to score.”

The two best players in Philly are Embiid and Ben Simmons, two guys who do all of their damage at the basket. Philly is clearly missing shooting guard JJ Redick this season. The sharpshooter left the team in free agency this past summer to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Sixers are 23-14 on the season, sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. They will look to snap their losing streak on Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.