Trade Deadline Marathon: The Sixers Strengthen Their Backcourt
76ers Receive: G George Hill
Thunder Receive: F Mike Scott, C Tony Bradley, 2021 2nd round pick (via NYK), 2023 2nd round pick
Why the 76ers do it:
The 76ers are rolling through the first half of the season. At the time of this writing they are the top seed in the Eastern Conference. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t make some improvements.
Trading for a player like George Hill is a wise way to prepare for the postseason. Seth Curry and Danny Green have added much-needed floor spacing for the Sixers. Hill would continue this positive trend.
In this situation, the Sixers would get a veteran guard who has Finals experience and is a reliable deep threat. Hill is shooting an impressive 50.8 percent overall, 38.6 percent from three, and 84 percent from the free throw line. These numbers are with an average Thunder team without many offensive threats. Playing alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons would open Hill’s offense and create good looks and opportunity to produce on that end.
Furkan Korkmaz, Shake Milton, and Tyrese Maxey are all unique players and definitely have bright futures in the league, but the Sixers are looking to go head-to-head with the league’s best this summer. Acquiring Hill would provide Philly with some important backcourt insurance.
Why the Thunder do it:
Sam Presti and the Thunder have made their objective clear: they are building towards the future.
OKC’s priorities should be developing the young talent they currently have. The Thunder own a comically high number of draft picks over the next seven years, but might as well add more to the collection. It has been rumored that the Thunder might look for a first-round pick in exchange for Hill, but that could be too steep.
Dealing Hill would be the appropriate action both for the Thunder organization and Hill himself, who likely wants to play more meaningful minutes. OKC isn’t a threat to make any sort of postseason run, and could become sellers at the deadline. In this proposed deal, Scott and Bradley would essentially be just to match salary, but with opportunity on a struggling Thunder team, they might see a spot in the rotation.
The Thunder are basically recreating The Process. Like ex-Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, OKC’s front office is hoping its crazy treasure chest of assets will eventually land a star in Oklahoma City.