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REPORT: Sixers have stopped listening to T.J. McConnell trade offers

T.J. McConnell

The Philadelphia 76ers have stopped listening to trade offers for backup point guard T.J. McConnell, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

With Markelle Fultz out for the foreseeable future, the Sixers are going to be depending on McConnell even more now, so trading the guard wouldn’t make sense.

In recent weeks, the Sixers stopped listening to trade overtures on T.J. McConnell, sources said, a reflection of the fact that the organization knows it’ll be leaning more heavily on McConnell now. McConnell can be a free agent this summer.

In 16 games this season, T.J. McConnell is averaging 3.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. The 26-year-old is shooting 51.9 percent from the field, 14.3 percent from beyond the arc and 100.0 percent from the free-throw line.

McConnell is only playing roughly 14 minutes a game, but that number figures to rise now that Fultz is away from the team.

The Phoenix Suns tried to trade for T.J. McConnell last month by offering the Sixers a second-round draft pick. Philadelphia said no. The Sixers traded Jerryd Bayless to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler deal, so they don’t have another point guard on the roster to play when Ben Simmons comes out of the game. Rookie Landry Shamet can handle the ball, but he’s more comfortable playing the shooting guard position.