The Philadelphia 76ers are about to enter a stretch of 12 straight games against teams at the .500 mark or above. They still have an open roster spot and have the ability to sign players to 10-day contracts, but it looks like they will stand pat and hope the buy-out market produces something worthwhile. That doesn't eliminate trades from the table, though.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Sixers are among a handful of teams willing to give up their first-round pick in the draft in hopes of improving the roster now and for the playoff run.
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.
Philadelphia did acquire Miami’s 2021 pick in the deal with the Suns for Mikal Bridges, but the Sixers have kept that pick out of trade discussions. Should the Heat unravel in the next couple of years, that pick will have increased value.
Deveney lists the Pelicans, Magic and Blazers as other teams willing to give up a 2019 first-round pick at this time. Although the Celtics have three first-round picks, none are expected to be available at this year's trade deadline.
The names mentioned -- Mike Scott, Frank Kaminsky and Noah Vonleh -- don't seem good enough to where it makes sense for the Sixers to give up their first-round pick.
Mike Scott is averaging 4.5 points in 14.7 minutes for the Clippers this season, so not sure how much he brings in terms of immediate shooting help. Also, giving up a first-round pick for an expiring contract is probably not a great idea.
Frank Kaminsky, 25, is averaging just 5.6 points in under 12 minutes per game for the Hornets. The former ninth overall pick is shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and his contract also expires at the end of the season.
Noah Vonleh, 23, is averaging 8.6 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Knicks in 41 games. Selected ninths overall in 2014, Vonleh is shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc. His contract is up at the end of the season.
While Deveney doesn't say anything about the level of interest the Sixers have in these three guys, Vonleh is the only one that would likely make an immediate impact. That being said, dealing a first-round pick to a division rival may not be the best move for the Sixers.