The Philadelphia 76ers should NOT trade for Bradley, Beverly

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While the Philadelphia 76ers could most definitely use some guard help, Avery Bradley and Patrick Beverly are surely off of Elton Brand’s wish lists.

The Philadelphia 76ers have a decided lack of capable guards.

The Los Angeles Clippers have more guards than they have minutes available.

On paper, that looks like a deal waiting to happen, but after a pair of bench-clearing brawls at the Staple Center, it’s pretty safe to say two of LA’s guards, Avery Bradley and Patrick Beverly, can be safely crossed off of Elton Brand‘s wishlist, at least for the time being.

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On paper, either player would be a solid contributor on the Sixers squad, as both are solid defenders who are more than capable of knocking down an open 3 as a third or fourth offensive option, but in any sport, especially basketball, chemistry is essential, and it’s safe to say that those two have issues with the 76ers’ Big 3.

It all started in the second half of the Sixers’ New Years Day showdown against the Los Angeles Clippers, in a game where Brett Brown‘s crew was taking care of business largely due to another monster performance by ‘the human cheat codeJoel Embiid.

After missing his second game of the season with a sore knee, resulting in a blowout loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth of a five-game road trip, Embiid pretty much got whatever he wanted against Doc Rivers‘ ill-equipped corp of Marcin Gortat, Boban Marjanovic, and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Montrezl Harrell.

This, apparently did not sit well with Beverly.

Infamous for being one of the NBA’s premier ‘bulldog’ point guards, Beverly got a little handsy with the Sixers’ best player, resulting in a pair of technicals and a near five-minute delay of game.

While this isn’t a particularly unique situation for Beverly, as he’s among the most penalized players in the entire NBA, what happened a few minutes later, between Bradley and Jimmy Butler, was a bit more surprising.

After watching his teammate take issue with Embiid’s scoring prowess, Bradley decided he too wasn’t particularly happy with the Sixers’ scoring output and went for some extracurricular activities with Butler, resulting with the duo being ejected from the game midway through the fourth.

Now granted, it didn’t really matter, as Brown’s squad still out-dueled Rivers’ crew to the tune of a 119-113 win, but the ill-will generated down the stretch could very well last into this still very New Year, making a trade between the two teams all the more likely.

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Now granted, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the two sides can’t eventually come together down the road and work towards a common goal, as Butler is teammates with Mike Muscala and his father said some pretty horrendous things about the four-time All-Star, but for the time being, I wouldn’t mockup any Markelle Fultz for Avery Bradley trades anytime soon.