Sixers turn away Suns’ attempt to trade for McConnell

Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell reportedly has been on the radar of several opposing teams.

Acting general manager James Jones and the Phoenix Suns are continuing their quest for a point guard but recently got nowhere in talks with the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

According to Pompey’s report, the Suns offered a second-round draft pick for Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell, but the Sixers took a pass.

“In desperate need of a point guard, Phoenix reportedly also expressed interest in Patrick Beverley of the Los Angeles Clippers,¬† Cory Joseph of the Indiana Pacers and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets,” Pompey wrote. “The problem is that the Suns were only shopping second-round picks for the point guards.”

Jones took over for former Suns GM Ryan McDonough before the season.¬†Right now, Elie Okobo, D’Anthony Melton and Isaiah Canaan are the lone true point guards on the Suns’ roster.

Both Okobo and Melton are rookies, with both selected in the draft’s second round (Okobo went No. 31 overall; Melton 46th by the Houston Rockets). Canaan is coming a major ankle injury, was waived by the Suns in February, then re-signed with the team in August.

Along with McConnell, the Sixers have an array of ball-handlers, including Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Jerryd Bayless and even rookie Landry Shamet.