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The Philadelphia 76ers have an open roster spot and are looking to add some help at shooting guard and small forward, as relayed by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“The roster, as it’s currently constructed, isn’t good enough to make a deep run in the postseason,” Pompey wrote. “That becomes evident whenever they face an elite team.”
The point is valid — as the Sixers enter Sunday’s game at Portland with a 4-8 record against teams with winning records. They have lost major tests to the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers and rival Boston Celtics.
Still, they are 23-13 overall and continue to board a three-headed basketball monster in center Joel Embiid, recently acquired swingman Jimmy Butler and second-year guard Ben Simmons.
They also have the roster flexibility to bring another piece and perhaps get over the hump against the league’s elite.
“We’re not a finished product right now,” general manager Elton Brand said last week, via Pompey. “We’re going to get better.”
Among the players said to be available ahead of the February trade deadline: Atlanta Hawks swingman Kent Bazemore, Chicago Bulls shooting guard Justin Holiday and Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr.
The Sixers had also been linked to Carmelo Anthony of the Houston Rockets, but it appears they quickly moved on from such thoughts.
Truth is, the Sixers may not have the resources to land anyone who is a starting-caliber type, but they are certainly exploring the market in an effort to find out.
“This team does have the flexibility and ability to reconfigure,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “I’m leaving all that with Elton Brand.”