Report: Sixers worked out veteran free agent guards Tuesday

By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly contributor 

The Sixers may be looking to add depth to back-end of the bench rotation, as The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Thursday.

According to Charania, the Sixers worked out veteran free agent guards Arron Afflalo, Brandon Rush and Sean Kilpatrick this past week. Delaware Blue Coats guard Haywood Highsmith also reportedly worked out with the team.

While the idea to make roster moves is nice, especially with Markelle Fultz out of the rotation indefinitely due to his thoracic outlet syndrome diagnosis, Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice tweeted that it is unlikely the Sixers will make any roster moves at this time.

The Sixers' depth at point guard is rather limited. There isn't a whole lot behind Ben Simmons and T.J. McConnell at the position besides Demetrius Jackson, who spends more time at the G-League level than in the NBA. Despite not playing a game in the better part of two seasons, Jerryd Bayless was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler deal back in the beginning of November. Bayless was considered to be the Sixers' veteran point guard bench option for quite some time.

Afflalo has not been with a team since playing for the Orlando Magic during the 2017-18 season. The 33-year-old played 53 games for the Magic last season and averaged 3.4 points per game. He hasn't seen significant playing time since the 2015-16 season where he made 57 starts for the New York Knicks and averaged 12.8 points per game and 3.7 rebounds.

Rush has been out of the league for quite some time, last playing for the Wolves during the 2016-17 season. He's averaged just under seven points per game in nine NBA seasons. He won an NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors during the 2014-15 season.

Kilpatrick is probably the more notable of the three free agents, with a short stint in Brooklyn, before playing for four different teams last season. He averaged 15.4 points per game in nine games with the Chicago Bulls to end last season. He has not played since. The 28-year-old has shot a career 41.3 percent from the field in his four-year career. 

As for Highsmith, he was a member of the Sixers' mini-camp this past summer after a very successful college career at Division II power Wheeling Jesuit. Highsmith was named the Division-II Commissioner’s Conference Association National Player of the Year and Mountain East Conference Player of the Year last season, leading all of D-II with 29 double-doubles.

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