The Philadelphia 76ers are title contenders in the Eastern Conference and made a deal Thursday in an effort to better position themselves to make the title race they believe they can pull off.
They acquired George Hill from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three-team deal. They sent Tony Bradley and two second-round picks to the Thunder and sent Vincent Poirier, Terrance Ferguson and a second-round pick to the New York Knicks.
Bradley was starting at center for the Sixers in the absence of Joel Embiid, who is out with a bruised bone, and he was playing well. Bradley was an underrated part of the team at 5-1 since the big guy went down and veteran Dwight Howard was sad to see Bradley go.
“It’s very sad to hear that he left our team,” Howard said. “I have watched him from the beginning of the season until now, his energy and effort have changed, and he has been playing like crazy the last few games and I am very proud of him. He has a chance to go to Oklahoma City and play big minutes, and I think it will be a blessing in disguise for him. It is sad that he is leaving our team, but I am happy for him as a player because he has that opportunity he needs, and I hope he continues to work hard and does not forget where you come from at work, and he will be. great.”
The Thunder are one of the youngest teams in the league, but they play tough and will offer an opportunity for Bradley to make an impact. Once Embiid returned, he would go back to being third center behind Howard and Embiid, so there were limited opportunities for him.
As for Hill, the veteran has been successful in this league but has not risen to the top. He has been to both the Eastern Conference Finals and the NBA Finals, but did not win the title. This is a new opportunity for you to do so.
“I think it will provide a lot of defensive pressure at guard position,” Howard said. “Also, another smart veteran who has played for a while and understands the game, and is playing for a reason which is to win a championship. I hope to have you on our team. I hope it makes a big impact here in Philadelphia. I can not wait “.
The Sixers will face the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday to continue their tour and will have to decide who starts in center position now. Normally, it would be Bradley because coach Doc Rivers likes to keep Howard with the second unit. Now he will have to decide on Howard or perhaps rookie Paul Reed.
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