With the report that the Pelicans were leaving the Lakers' exchange requests in the reading, it looked like it could be a surprisingly quiet NBA trade deadline season without great moving superstars. That quaint narrative only took one afternoon to implode, as hours later word spread that Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks was upset with the ways of losing his franchise, the unicorn was sent on a one-way ticket to the Dallas Mavericks in a … that-only-really-happens-trade
In exchange for Porzingis and teammates Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr., the Knicks would receive escorted Dallas escort Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks, According to multiple reports.
The movement consolidates Dallas as a playoff contender in the Western Conference next season with a healthy Porzingis and a superstar in the creation of Luka Doncic, while the Knicks go into full reconstruction mode while directing their attention to potential free agents. this summer.
But the fortunes of a third team could also improve after the dust settles in this successful transaction: the Sixers.
One of the many ramifications of the great Knicks-Mavericks exchange today: what is the future of Wesley Matthews? For the many teams looking for help from wings (like Philly), he could be the best available player in the buying market if he is not transferred to a contestant before the deadline.
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It's no secret that the Sixers fight beyond the list after they exchanged two key reserves for Jimmy Butler in November. They are in the last 10 teams in the league for bench points and that can only hinder them when they face the full lists of Bucks and Raptors in the playoffs.
"To achieve a better achievement now, depth is the Holy Grail," Brett Brown recently told ESPN, and although two recent reports indicate that the Sixers are looking at the great Atlanta man Dewayne Demon, the Sixers may be putting their hopes in the shopping market.
DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews are beaten in contracts and could be the main candidates for purchases, as the Knicks work on the books to free up space for two players at most in the off-season. With both off the payroll, they could provide the extra labor the Sixers need for a deep run in the playoffs.
Last year, Philadelphia scored two major successes when signing Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova and could do the same to pick up Matthews and Jordan. Matthews is averaging just over 13 points per game and shooting a respectable 38 percent from depth, according to ESPN. Jordan would provide Embiid with an excellent physical backup that currently lacks Mike Muscala.
There have not been any reports yet on the Knicks who plan to buy one of the two from Jordan and Matthews, but if they do, the Sixers might be wise to make a phone call.