While Langston Galloway and Luke Kennard could upgrade the Philadelphia 76ers’ roster, neither is the knockdown slam dunk acquisition the team desperately needs.
“The Philadelphia 76ers are a player away”.
How many times have you heard that over the last three (or so) years? 10, one hundred, a thousand? And yet, seemingly every year post-Process the Sixers stumble around at the trade deadline – or in the buyout market – looking for another team’s spare parts to turn garbage into gold.
Great for people like yours truly who write about potential deals and moves around the NBA, but not so much for the 76ers if they can’t get it right.
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So with the deadline less than a month away and the NBA playoff picture coming more and more into focus, it’s only natural that a few whispers of potential deals will start to trickle out, right? I mean, it’s only logical.
Oh, the Pistons, what to say about the Pistons. After initially going all-in on a postseason push at the behest of their owner – signing mid-level free agents like Derrick Rose and Markieff Morris to help with that push – their 2019-20 has been derailed by yet another season-ending injury to supermax forward Blake Griffin – a sight that has become relatively common for BG Stans the world over.
With a few young pieces to build around in rookie phenom Sekou ‘Dr. Doom’ Doumbouya and, woah, Process great Christian Wood (!?), it may be wise to kick things into a full-on rebuild and go young for the first time since 2009.
Now on paper, Galloway and Kennard would both instantly become the Philadelphia 76ers’ sixth-or-seventh(-ish) best player on the team, but just because both players are improvements over what the team already has on their roster doesn’t mean either player is a slam dunk game-changer per se.