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RUMOR: 2 Matisse Thybulle trade suitors as Sixers try to clear room for $30 million P.J. Tucker deal

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The Philadelphia 76ers are widely expected to bring in P.J. Tucker during NBA free agency. The hard-nosed veteran is expected to receive a big contract. That, coupled with the playing time he is going to command on the Sixers, is bad news for Matisse Thybule in particular.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Sixers are looking into ways to free up some money as they prepare to sign Tucker. One way they are looking to pull it off is trading Thybulle. The Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks are being mentioned as potential destinations for him.

In addition to James Harden sacrificing some annual dollars, it’s believed the Sixers are still exploring various trade options to free financial flexibility, as well as upgrade their roster with premium veteran talent. The two teams most often mentioned as Matisse Thybulle suitors have been Portland and Dallas.

Thybulle has emerged as one of the Sixers’ key bench pieces during his three-year career in the NBA. After a poor showing in the playoffs that featured him missing games because of his failure to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements, he is now firmly on the trading block.

For Dallas or Portland, Thybulle would bring some much-needed perimeter defense. Although his limitations in the playoffs are well-noted, he could provide either team with a defensive presence that they could use.

The Sixers could also choose to keep Thybulle and use him off the bench. However, because they added De’Anthony Melton in a draft-day trade, the 25-year-old Thybulle is more expendable.