The Philadelphia 76ers are not good, but a couple of moves have made them respectable — they are 4-8 since Ish Smith was brought in as the starting point guard, and those losses include forcing the Knicks to double overtime on Monday.
The Sixers don’t want to get much better this season — they still have their own draft pick and would love to have the best lottery odds to land Ben Simmons in June. But they don’t want to get worse, either. Which is why you probably shouldn’t expect them to make any trades in the run-up to the trade deadline in February, something reported by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 76ers will listen to trade offers, but chances are they won’t make any moves by the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
“We will continue to look for opportunities if there are things that we can do to add players for now and the future,” general manager Sam Hinkie said Monday. “We will look, but I’m not sure it will happen.”
The past couple trade deadlines GM Sam Hinkie sent talent out. Two seasons ago it was Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes shipped out at the deadline, last season it was Michael Carter-Williams (which was a smart move, he has struggled and the Sixers got the Lakers top-three protected pick this draft or next, a great asset).
Bringing in Jerry Colangelo was never going to change the core of the plan long-term in Philly — they have quality young players such as Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, but they need to add a lot more. Even without any moves they likely have three first round picks this season, four if the Lakers’ pick falls to fourth or worse. They have Dario Saric coming over in the next few years and — knocking on wood — Joel Embiid. Nail the draft and they can have something special.
They are not going to mess with that at the deadline unless someone blows them away with an offer.