Sixers turned down Suns’ offer of second round pick for T.J. McConnell
The Phoenix Suns have been active in attempting to trade for an established point guard and tried to acquire Philadelphia 76ers reserve, T.J. McConnell. The Suns offered the Sixers a second-round pick for McConnell, and Philly declined, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Suns traded Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets in a deal that brought Ryan Anderson to Phoenix. As a result, the team needs a point guard in the worst way. The Sixers really value T.J. McConnell, who is the primary backup to Ben Simmons at the floor general spot.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 17, 2018
In 76 regular-season games last year, T.J. McConnell averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. The 26-year-old shot 49.9 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line.
McConnell is a rugged defender, crafty offensive player, and rarely makes big mistakes when he’s on the floor. He’s also on a bargain contract, making only $1.6 million this season. T.J. McConnell will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.
The Suns currently have three players on the roster who can play the point guard position. They are Elie Okobo, De’Anthony Melton, and Isaiah Canaan. The Suns also previously discussed Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier, Cory Joseph, and Spencer Dinwiddie.
T.J. McConnell would’ve been an ideal fit for the Suns, who already have Devin Booker as the main playmaker. His hustle and court savvy bring great value to any team, so the Suns will have to pony up if they wish to acquire his services.