The Sixers took on the high-priced contract of JaVale McGee at Thursday’s deadline, but did so only because the Nuggets included a first round pick in the transaction.
Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie explained the reasoning in taking on such a bloated deal when speaking to reporters on Friday.
“It’s exactly the kind of deal we’ve been out looking at and which we’ve been transacting throughout the year,” Hinkie said, via CSN Philly. “[It’s] helping teams with their cap space so they can help us for our future.
“We agreed to take JaVale McGee if they’d agree to include the Oklahoma City first [round pick]. It could transact this year, but I’d say it’s unlikely. You can put your odds on that — Oklahoma City is a really good team and coming on fast.”
In the immediate future, the Sixers have a talented (if quirky and overpaid) big man that showed in his very first game with his new team the types of plays he’s capable of.