The Philadelphia 76ers have made a transfer to bolster their bench forward of the upcoming playoff push. Earlier than the commerce deadline on Thursday, the Sixers traded backup heart Tony Bradley, reserve wing Terrance Ferguson and two future second-round picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for veteran guard George Hill, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The commerce is a three-way deal that additionally consists of the New York Knicks, who will obtain Ferguson, Vincent Poirier and a 2021 second-round choose from Philadelphia. The Knicks will ship ahead Iggy Brazdeikis to the Sixers. Moreover, Austin Rivers can be moved from the Knicks to the Thunder. The second-round picks the Sixers are sending to the Thunder are reportedly in 2025 and 2026. A 76ers crew supply confirmed the commerce to CBS Sports activities.
Hill is a stable veteran addition for a Philadelphia crew with official championship aspirations. He’ll present the Sixers with an extra ball-handler and shot-maker — one thing that they desperately wanted. George has averaged 11.1 factors and three.2 assists per recreation over the course of his profession whereas additionally capturing 45 p.c from the ground and 38 p.c from 3-point vary. Hill will doubtless run Philadelphia’s second unit as a backup to All-Star guard Ben Simmons. Hill may additionally play alongside Simmons for stretches. Hill has one 12 months remaining on his present contract, however his wage for subsequent season is barely partially assured at $1.2 million.
Tony Bradley has been taking part in some actually stable ball for Philadelphia in Joel Embiid’s absence as of late, and at simply 23 years previous, he may very well be a pleasant younger frontcourt piece for the Thunder transferring ahead. In his final recreation with the Sixers in opposition to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Bradley scored a career-high 18 factors whereas capturing an ideal 8 of 8 from the ground. However whereas Bradley has proven promise as a participant, the transfer is sensible for Philadelphia. Because the crew’s third-string heart, behind Embiid and Dwight Howard, Bradley doubtless would not have performed within the postseason except Embiid was injured. George Hill, alternatively, will doubtless be a official contributor for the Sixers within the playoffs.
Heading into deadline day on Thursday, the Sixers had been one of many high potential touchdown spots for Toronto Raptors veteran guard Kyle Lowry. Nevertheless, after the addition of Hill, the Sixers are reportedly no longer pursuing a trade for Lowry, in accordance with Wojnarowski. That does not essentially imply the Sixers are achieved making strikes, however with Hill now in tow, they clearly really feel like they’re set on the level place.
Oklahoma Metropolis receives:
- 2025 second-round choose from Philadelphia
- 2026 second-round choose from Philadelphia
New York receives:
- 2021 second-round choose from Philadelphia
76ers commerce grade: B
Hill would not transfer the needle as a lot as Lowry would have, however he got here at a less expensive worth and nonetheless addresses a significant space of want for Philadelphia. He can function the crew’s backup level guard whereas additionally offering them with extra shot-making and ground spacing. Whereas Bradley is a promising younger participant, Hill will doubtless be a a lot greater contributor for the Sixers within the playoffs than Bradley would have been. Plus, as a crew with an open championship window, the Sixers can afford to half with future second-round picks within the identify of enchancment within the current. Ferguson and Poirier barely performed for Philadelphia, so they will not be missed.
Thunder commerce grade: A
The Thunder are in full rebuild mode and for them, this commerce was all about buying belongings whereas transferring off of the contract of a participant that clearly is not sooner or later plans of the franchise. Not solely did the Thunder get two future second-round picks so as to add to their arsenal (they now have a whopping 34 picks over the subsequent seven years), however additionally they received a promising younger huge man in Bradley that would play an actual function for the crew transferring ahead. Sam Presti continues to set the Thunder up for future success.
Knicks commerce grade: C
This deal is not particularly noteworthy for the Knicks, although they did get a second-round choose in 2021 for his or her involvement, which is a optimistic. Rivers and Brazdeikis weren’t taking part in actual roles for the Knicks, so they will not be missed a lot. Maybe they will discover some taking part in time for Ferguson or Poirier, but when not not less than they added some draft capital.