3 76ers Who Won't Survive the Rest of the Season in Philadelphia

Despite the 76ers' impressive start to the 2023-24 NBA season, not everyone is guaranteed to survive the entire campaign.

Nicolas Batum is one Sixer who likely won't survive the rest of the season in Philadelphia.
Nicolas Batum is one Sixer who likely won't survive the rest of the season in Philadelphia. / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Marcus Morris Sr.

Batum isn't the only recently-acquired veteran who the 76ers might move this season.

Marcus Morris Sr. and his $17.1 million salary were also needed to make the aforementioned Harden trade work. It isn't like Philadelphia needed the ex-Kansas Jayhawk, whose point totals have been declining in each of the last five seasons.

And unlike Batum, the 76ers aren't exactly using Morris all that much. He's been playing a career-low 10.6 minutes per game, resulting in his averaging just 4.3 points on 46.2% shooting. His 114 defensive rating also highlights how he's no longer the reliable defender that he once was, likely due to a string of injuries over the last eight or so years.

Morris just isn't a good fit for the 76ers, which is why he's a likely trade candidate. If he isn't part of a deal for another superstar, I could see Morris (who's on an expiring contract) — along with a draft pick — being moved to a rebuilding team for a rotational player who fits Philadelphia's need, potentially another point guard.

And like Batum, Morris also can't be moved until the trade exception expires at the end of the month.