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A Reggie Bullock trade is all about value

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In case you missed it, Reggie Bullock had a very interesting 4th of July interaction on Twitter where he shared some photos with friends in the frame. subtitles like “He Slides to Philly Next” and “Next Sixer.”

Those are… weirdly specific subtitles that surely can’t be creatively misunderstood, right? As if Bullock’s friends aren’t talking about ‘Philadelphia’ like they’re headed to a Philly steakhouse or the ‘next Sixer’ like he’s about to land on his sixth team (he’s actually on his seventh); no, for one reason or another, Bullock believes he’ll be a member of the Philadelphia 76ers this fall, and who better to believe than himself?

For Bullock, landing in Philadelphia isn’t the worst outcome imaginable; the Sixers are no worse than the Dallas Mavericks, and going from one dominant ball handler in Luka Doncic to three in Joel Embiid, James Harden and even Tyrese Maxey who draw defenders while working near the basket will only open up more stares. open around the arch.

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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 possible trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

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

If the Dallas Mavericks want to turn around Reggie Bullock and the top filler (Dwight Powell, Davis Bertans, Maxi Kleber or maybe Tim Hardaway Jr.) for Tobias Harris, then the Philadelphia 76ers should absolutely consider making a deal. Suddenly, Philly has an extra power forward in Harris, PJ Tucker, Georges Niang and Danuel House, and even if they have to get more bigs back to match salary, splitting a contract three times is usually a good move, especially with the The trading deadline is many months away and there are one or two assets left to trade.

For Dallas, that trade could also make sense: Dorian Finney-Smith can play any forward position and the size advantage of having a forward-sized point guard, remember the days? – would free up the Mavs to run a smart, heavy defensive scheme with Christian Wood and JaVale McGee splitting the central minutes. Even if the Sixers had to add a few seconds, a young player or even a heavily protected 2029 first-round pick to close a deal, the prospects of moving off Harris for role players make a lot of sense.

However, if the Mavericks ask for a package centered on Matisse Thybulle, the apple of their eye, well, then the prospects of a deal being done shift in the other direction.

While a Bullock deal for Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz would technically work out financially, it’s hard to imagine a numbers man like Morey who values ​​advanced analysis above all else trading two players with a combined 4.8 winning percentage for a striker who, through a fit schema, he only registered a WS of 3.2

Heck, only Thybulle had a higher WS than Bullock last season (3.7), and given that he’s six years younger, there’s little reason to believe the two numbers won’t head in the opposite direction in the future.

Granted now, the Mavericks could make up for the discrepancy in value with their own additional capital, either through draft picks or a prospect like Josh Green, who was picked over Tyrese Maxey in 2020 but hasn’t been up to the task. of your draft. pedigree, but does that really fit the Sixers’ win-now mentality? If anything, they’d probably try to trade the acquired pick for immediate roster upgrades or to get out of Harris anyway.

No, for the Sixers to make such a deal work, it would probably have to be a three-team deal, where the Mavericks get Harris, Thybulle and a conditional 2029 first-round pick, the Houston Rockets get Powell, Maxi Kleber, Green, Theo Pinson and a 2023/24 first-round pick from Dallas, and Philly signing Bullock and Eric Gordon. Each team gets what it wants, Houston isn’t taking any long-term salary outside of Green, which fits its timeline, and the Sixers get the two players they love most for the price of the last vestiges of the era of General Manager of Elton Brand. .

It’s tricky and probably unrealistic for a number of reasons, but it’s hard to identify a two-team deal that feels like equal value to both sides without actually giving one of the two teams less value or something they don’t really want.

On paper, Reggie Bullock is exactly the kind of player the Philadelphia 76ers have been looking for since Danny Green was left out of their plans for the 2022-23 season; he’s 6-foot-7, can switch defenses and has established himself as one of the best catch-and-shoot specialists in the NBA today in terms of attempts and completion percentage. While that production alone probably isn’t worth saying goodbye to a 25-year-old with two All-NBA defensive team spots on his résumé, if his addition could be complemented by a player like Eric Gordon, who is as ready for the playoffs like any player available on the market today, then Daryl Morey shouldn’t hesitate to try to close a deal.

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