How the NBA Trade Deadline brings Sixers drama back into the spotlight
The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and while we’ve seen big names move to new cities, there’s Sixers drama unfolding around Daryl Morey.
As usual, there are interesting NBA players in this season’s list of potential buyout candidates.
And as usual, teams searching for that player who might be able to help them get to the next level will scour the buyout market hoping for a brilliant discovery.
But a word of caution: the buyout market typically does not yield a player who leads to a championship.
In 2020 during the COVID-19 season, Markieff Morris was bought out by the Pistons and joined the Los Angeles Lakers, helping them win a title. Obviously on a team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Morris wasn’t the key piece but he was a valuable contributor.
In 2012, Boris Diaw with San Antonio and Derek Fisher with Oklahoma City were important buyout additions.
But those are the exceptions. Still, it won’t stop teams from exploring the buyout market.
Top potential NBA buyout candidates
The Toronto Raptors acquired Dinwiddie from the Brooklyn Nets at the trade deadline and then waived him. Dinwiddie isn’t having his best season (12.6 points and 6.0 assists and shooting 39.1% from the field), but he is still a scoring guard who might get better and easier opportunities with a quality team.
Lowry is with the Charlotte Hornets after the Miami Heat traded him for Terry Rozier. The Hornets have no reason to keep Lowry, the savvy veteran guard. Question is: how much does Lowry have left to help a playoff team?
The Hornets need to decide what they want to do with Bertans who came over in the trade that sent Gordon Hayward from Charlotte to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bertans has played in just 15 games this season but has maintained his shooting touch, hitting 41.7% of his 3-point attempts.
Charlotte acquired Curry in a trade with Dallas, and even though Dallas puts up points, this hasn’t been Curry’s best shooting display – 36.3% on 3s, the lowest mark of his career after making at least 40% in his previous nine seasons.
Veteran Morris was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, and they aren’t likely to keep him on the roster. Still a physical force and capable, Morris had 17 points, four rebounds and just two assists in a game for Philadelphia less than two weeks ago.
Another San Antonio player who could hit the buyout market, Osman is shooting 37.3% on 3s this season and scored 20 points against the Washington Wizards late last month.
Fournier fell out of favor with the New York Knicks, making just three appearances this season. Two seasons ago for the Knicks, he played in 80 games and averaged 14.1 points and shot 38.9% on 3s. He was traded to the Detroit Pistons, and if he hits the buyout market, he could help a team looking for shooting.
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