Philadelphia 76ers: 3 potential deadline trades to fix the Sixers’ bench

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In his first season as Philadelphia 76ers GM, Elton Brand pulled off a blockbuster trade in the early hours of Wednesday. But can he also fix the bench?

After acquiring Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott, the Philadelphia 76ers went from formidable to down right scary.

With a starting five now featuring Ben Simmons at the one, J.J. Redick at the two, Jimmy Butler at the three, Harris at four, and Joel Embiid in the paint, the 76ers are now one of only two teams with four All-Stars starters, a feat only accomplished by the Golden State Warriors up until this point.

Buckle up Philly fans, this is going to be interesting.

However, despite having loads of talent atop the roster, the Sixers still have a few glaring holes on their bench. Their bench is led by two newly acquired players and coupled with two largely inactive pieces.

That’s just not a winning formula.

But fear not, as there is still time for another move and according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic have expressed interest acquiring Markelle Fultz, a move that is all but necessary to retain Butler and Harris in July, as the former first overall pick is slated to make $9.7 million in 2019-20, and $12 million more the following season if his fourth-year option is extended (per Spotrac).

That doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s about eight percent of the projected cap.

Could this be the route Philly takes to re-load their bench? Let’s examine three potential trade scenarios and determine which helps Philly make a long post season run.