August 15, 2022

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Report: Sixers still trying to acquire Eric Gordon after De'Anthony Melton's trade

Report: Sixers still trying to acquire Eric Gordon after De’Anthony Melton’s trade

The Sixers He made a high-quality trade during the 2022 NBA draft by sending Danny Green and their 23rd overall pick to the Grizzlies for De’Anthony Melton, and they haven’t finished exploring their trade options yet.

according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia InquirerHowever, the Sixers are still interested in hunting down Rockets goalkeeper Eric Gordon. “Sources say Sixers’ head of basketball operations, Daryl Morey, is still trying to take over Gordon despite his failure Thursday night,” according to Pompey.

Gordon is sure to help The Sixers. He’s a capable guard when engaging, a solid driver that adds some extra scoring juice to attack downhills, and a hefty three-point shooter with the kind of quick trigger that would complement the Sixers’ stars when running the ball. Gordon’s three-point ratios have been a bit up and down year on year, but he still shot 36.1 percent from depth in an impressive 8.1 attempts per game over the past six seasons.

However, now that the Sixers have acquired a strong two-way, 6-foot-2 guard at Milton, they are far less than needed for another, smaller guard (Gordon is only 6-foot-3). Interest has already been given to playing Philly’s head guard with James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, while Melton is their new best option off the bench who can also play alongside Harden and Maxey at times – Milton is tall and can play fairly Above his size, he works well off the ball with his shot.

Gordon isn’t essential in this mix of goalkeepers, while the team’s lack of wing size, defense, rebounding and overall versatility remains a bigger concern. Who to start from the small front is still a question – will they really end up keeping and starting the Matisse Thybulle, or looking elsewhere in the trade/free agent market for another option?

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Beyond questions of list relevance and need, it would be more difficult to make the Gordon deal financially now. To take over the 33-year-old Gordon and his $19.5 million salary next season (he’s also under contract for $20.9 million in 2023-24), the Sixers will need to move one of their big paychecks, which likely means they’d need to trade Tobias Harris. Lots of buzz in terms of gauging the Sixers’ commercial interest in Harris and others, including Thybulle, but some major moving pieces and possibly many other teams involved are still needed to make it all work.

So, given that there’s less need for Gordon now and it wouldn’t be easy to get by without having the option to include Danny Green’s $10 million salary in any deals, this acquisition certainly seems less likely (and necessary) than it did before the draft.

Regardless of whether or not something significant is going on, it looks like Daryl Morey and Sixers are still active in pursuing promotions. Even if we mainly see small signings with free agencies to address the team’s lack of wing depth, more moves are to come.