The Philadelphia 76ers have recently been linked with free agent PJ Tucker, but it appears they’re also in the mix for one of his former teammates. According to Keith Pompey, Sixers GM Daryl Morey is working to put together a three-team trade that would bring Houston Rockets’ sharpshooter Eric Gordon to the Sixers. Pompey indicates the third team in the deal, in addition to the Rockets, could be the Portland Trail Blazers, who have even expressed a willingness to trade for Thybulle in a straight-up, two-team deal.
The #Sixers are trying to acquire Eric Gordon and using Matisse Thybulle as an asset, even attempting to get a third team to participate, according to multiple league sources. The Portland Trail Blazers are willing to make a straight-up deal for Thybulle, sources says.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) June 23, 2022
While the Blazers have shown interest in Thybulle ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft, the Sixers are reportedly determined to land Gordon and want to formulate a three-team deal in order to land him. That deal would most likely see Thybulle headed to Portland, who just recently acquired Jerami Grant from the Pistons.
Morey is believed to be a big fan of Gordon, dating back to his tenure with the Rockets. Now he’s looking to bring the 33-year-old to Philly, possibly alongside his former running mate PJ Tucker.
Pompey’s report on the Gordon situation was confirmed by Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic, who indicated that the Rockets and Sixers have indeed been trying to figure out a three-team deal.
If you've followed me a long time, you know I don't tweet "sources" much. But that Eric Gordon news is legit. Rockets/Sixers been trying to create a three-team trade to make it possible.
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) June 23, 2022
Last year on a struggling Houston team, Gordon averaged 13.4 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game. He shot 47.5% from the field and 41.2% from 3-point range. Thybulle, on the other hand, recorded 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game, averaging 25.5 minutes of game action per night for the Sixers.