A few weeks in the past, Dallas Mavericks veteran Reggie Bullock took a few photographs with some pals of his. After they posted the photographs on social media, the captions referred to Bullock because the “subsequent Sixer” whereas stating the veteran insinuated he was “going to Philly subsequent.”
As a substitute of downplaying the captions instantly, Bullock merely re-posted his pals’ unique posts with out remark. As anticipated, Bullock’s determination to not deny he could be a member of the Sixers brought on fairly the stir.
Social media went right into a frenzy with hypothesis. Because it appeared Bullock was Philly-bound, the Mavs veteran ultimately needed to downplay the state of affairs by sending out a tweet to kill the rumors.
Weeks later, a Bullock commerce by no means surfaced. Nevertheless, the offseason is simply getting began. Whereas there hasn’t been a lot actual traction with a Sixers-Mavericks commerce, it is one thing that would occur afterward down the road. And lately, Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley put collectively a mock commerce, exhibiting a attainable deal that would go down between Philly and Dallas.
A Take a look at the Commerce
On this faux commerce state of affairs, the Sixers would ship out the defensive standout Matisse Thybulle, the Turkish sharpshooter Furkan Korkmaz, and a protected future first-round choose for Reggie Bullock.
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“Now, sending out a first-round choose for a non-star is dangerous, however the reward is perhaps price it. The Sixers aren’t removed from planning a championship celebration. In the event that they assume Bullock might be the ultimate piece to get them over the hump, then this is not a excessive value to pay.”
Six months in the past, the Sixers would possibly’ve thought-about Matisse Thybulle untouchable primarily based on his defensive worth and attainable offense upside. However as Thybulle’s offense stays a piece in progress, it is changing into more durable to search out him a constant position within the beginning lineup and off the bench.
As for Korkmaz, he can catch lightning in a bottle, however he is removed from constant. After a sizzling begin to the 2021-2022 season, Korkmaz ultimately performed himself out of the rotation and needed to battle his approach again into it. Though Korkmaz began taking part in once more, his time on the courtroom was inconsistent.
Bullock would supply the Sixers consistency on offense and protection. Whereas giving freely younger gamers and a future draft choose for a 31-year-old position participant is perhaps a tricky search for the way forward for the franchise, it is a win-now transfer, which has been Daryl Morey’s technique for the 2022 offseason.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for All76ers, a Sports activities Illustrated channel. You may comply with him for reside updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.
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