Rumors: Sixers mentioned as potential Jeremy Lin, Noah Vonleh suitor
With the second half of the season officially underway, the Philadelphia 76ers are one of the teams that will be looking to improve their roster in preparation for their postseason run.
According to Sean Deveney of SportingNews.com, the Sixers will be willing to put one of its first round picks in a trade if it means they could land a player that could help improve their bench.
“The Sixers are another team willing to part with this year’s pick for immediate shooting help, as Philly looks for a big man who can shoot, along the lines of Mike Scott, Frank Kaminsky or Noah Vonleh. The Sixers gave up Dario Saric in the Jimmy Butler deal and miss his ability to stretch the floor.”
The versatile and athletic Noah Vonleh is averaging 8.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting an impressive 40.7 percent from three. He’s been one of the bright spots for the Knicks this season, providing them with positive things on both ends of the floor.
The Sixers are also looking for a back-up point guard to Ben Simmons, and with a looming fallout with former first overall pick Markell Fultz, Jeremy Lin has been one of the primary options for Philly, per Dave Early of USA Today.
At the guard spot, Lin provides a different set of skills that might interest Philadelphia. He has carved out a niche for himself in the NBA as a hard-nosed point of attack defender who can create shots for himself and others with his aggressive style.
One of the main concerns in trading for Lin, however, is his poor shooting from deep. He is currently just shooting 36 percent from behind the arc, including 15 percent in January. Philly needs to be wary of his injury history too, as Lin just came back from a ruptured patellar tendon that cost him to miss the entirety of last season.
Both Vonleh and Lin will surely help the Sixers should the team decides to trade for them.