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A Reggie Bullock trade is all about value

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In case you haven’t heard, Reggie Bullock had a very interesting 4th of July interaction on Twitter where he shared photos with friends with legends like “He then slides to Philadelphia” and “the next Sixer”.

These are… oddly specific legends that certainly can’t be creatively misinterpreted, can it? For example, Bullock’s buddies don’t talk about “Philly” like sneaking into a Philadelphia steak shop or “next Sixer” because he’s about to land on his sixth team (he’s actually on his seventh); no, for some reason Bullock thinks he’s going to be a member of the Philadelphia 76ers this fall, and who better to believe than the man himself?

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For Bullock, landing in Philadelphia isn’t the worst outcome imaginable; the Sixers are no worse than the Dallas Mavericks, and going from a dominating ball handler in Luka Doncic to three in Joel Embiid, James Harden and even Tyrese Maxey, who attract defenders as they work close to the basket will not do than opening more open eyes around the arc.

But what about Philadelphia? Does Reggie Bullock fit the Philadelphia 76ers’ offensive identity, and if so, how much is he “worth” to the team? That value question and that question alone should define Daryl Morey’s interest in a potential trade to the Dallas Mavericks.

If the value is correct, Reggie Bullock makes sense for the Philadelphia 76ers.

If the Dallas Mavericks want to overthrow Reggie Bullock and fill the caps (Dwight Powell, Davis Bertans, Maxi Kleber or perhaps Tim Hardaway Jr.) for Tobias Harris, then the Philadelphia 76ers should definitely consider making a deal. Philly suddenly has one striker too many in Harris, PJ Tucker, Georges Niang and Danuel House, and even if they have to pick up extra bigs to match the salary, splitting a contract into three is usually a good move, especially with the deadline. trading in several months and an asset or two to trade.

For Dallas, such a trade could also make sense: Dorian Finney-Smith can play any forward position, and the size advantage of having a forward-sized playmaker – remember the ‘era ? – would free up the Mavs to run a savvy, heavy defensive system with Christian Wood and JaVale McGee splitting the center minutes. Even if the Sixers were to tie up seconds, a young player, or even a heavily protected 2029 first-round pick to make a deal, the prospects of leaving Harris for roleplayers make a lot of sense.

If, however, the Mavericks instead demand a Matisse Thybulle-centric package, the apple of their eye pointed out, well, then the prospects for a deal are the other way around.

While a Bullock deal for Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz would technically work financially, it’s hard to imagine a numbers guy like Morey valuing advanced analysis above all while trading two players with a combined win share of 4 .8 for an attacker who, although a fit scheme, only recorded a WS of 3.2

Heck, just Thybulle had a higher WS than Bullock last season (3.7), and with him being six years younger there’s little reason to believe the double digits won’t head in the opposite direction to the future.

Now granted, the Mavericks could make up for the value gap with their own additional capital, whether through draft picks or a prospect like Josh Green – who was picked over Tyrese Maxey in 2020 but didn’t. quite lived up to his draft pedigree – but does it really match the Sixers’ win-now mindset? Rather, they would likely try to flip the acquired pick for immediate roster upgrades or leave Harris anyway.

No, for the Sixers to make such a deal, it would probably take a three-team deal, where the Mavericks walk away with Harris, Thybulle and a conditional 2029 first-round pick, the Houston Rockets land Powell, Maxi Kleber, Green, Theo Pinson and a 2023/24 first-round pick from Dallas, and Philly landing Bullock and Eric Gordon. Every team gets what they want, Houston takes no long-term salaries outside of Green — which fits their schedule — and the Sixers get the two players they want most for the price of the last vestiges of the Elton Brand GM era. .

It’s complicated and probably unrealistic for a number of reasons, but it’s hard to pinpoint a two-team deal that looks like equal value to both sides without really giving one of the two teams lesser value or something she doesn’t really want.

On paper, Reggie Bullock is exactly the kind of player the Philadelphia 76ers have been looking for since Danny Green was dropped from their plans for the 2022-23 season; he’s 6-foot-7, can switch on defense, and has established himself as one of the best catch-and-shooters in the NBA today in attempts and completion percentage. While that output alone probably isn’t worth saying goodbye to a 25-year-old entertainer with two All-NBA Defensive Team spots on his resume, if his addition could be rounded out with that of a player like Eric Gordon, who’s about as playoff-ready as any player out there today, so Daryl Morey shouldn’t be shy about trying to get a deal done.

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