Report: Sixers’ T.J. McConnell in demand on trade market
Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell is becoming an NBA success against the odds. After going undrafted, McConnell played for the Sixers’ Summer League team and eventually worked his way onto the regular-season roster.
He has become an excellent role player and can act as a spark plug off the bench. Unfortunately, Philadelphia has a logjam of guards and McConnell could be the odd man out. Ben Simmons is blossoming into a full-fledged superstar and the team has far too much invested in Markelle Fultz to give up on him now.
With that in mind, teams seem to be interested in taking McConnell off of Philly’s hands. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN stated on The Woj Pod that “he’s in demand on the trade market.”
McConnell has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he has a place in the NBA. His impact goes well beyond the box score and teams believe he can help them this year.
McConnell becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and it’s unclear whether or not the Sixers plan to re-sign the Arizona product. As stated earlier, the team plans to invest heavily in the top guys in the backcourt, so it’s possible Philly plans to let McConnell walk this summer.
There are a few teams in need of a point guard. McConnell fits best as a backup to lead the second unit, but he would certainly help fortify the point guard situations in Phoenix and San Antonio. Whether or not they can offer enough to entice Philly into a deal remains to be seen, as the Suns were reportedly already turned down.