Philadelphia 76ers: 3 players on the Utah Jazz worth trading for

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1. Patrick Beverly

If there’s one player on the Utah Jazz who feels destined to land on the Philadelphia 76ers, it’s Patrick Beverly.

For one thing, he’s already voiced his disinterest in playing for a team looking to rebuild in this, his 11th professional season, and may ultimately push for an exit from the Beehive State before the season starts, at the trade deadline, or via a buyout if no deal ultimately materializes.

Would the Sixers wait things out and hope to sign Beverly for the vet minimum in March, or would it make more sense to full-on pursue the 6-foot-1 defensive specialist to become their fourth guard coming off the bench alongside James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and De’Anthony Melton?

Well, that depends on how the team wants to fill out their rotation with an eye on the playoffs.

On paper, Bev is a perfect fit alongside Melton, P.J. Tucker, and Danuel House – he’s a 3-and-D guard who doesn’t need the ball to be successful but can make the lives of opposing ballhandlers way harder with his pesky defensive efforts. Throw Beverly, Melton, House, Tucker, and Joel Embiid in a lineup together and try to score on that unit.