Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Philadelphia 76ers who are reportedly trading Kendall Marshall for Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings.
The 2015-16 NBA season was a disappointment for the Philadelphia 76ers after finishing 10-72 win-loss record. In exchange, the Sixers got the chance to acquire the No.1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, Ben Simmons. Also, the arrival of Joel Embiid and Dario Saric gave hope that the team has the chance to compete next season.
Despite some improvements, the Philadelphia 76ers still need to fill some holes in their roster – their backcourt. According to Zach Harper of CBS Sports, the Sixers need to bolster their backcourt in order to become a more competitive team next season. As of now, Jerryd Bayless is considered the best point guard on their roster.
There are speculations that the Sixers are planning to use rookie Ben Simmons as their point guard next season. If they pursue this plan, the team will be having a surplus of options at point guard. Lucas Johnson of Sixers Sense suggested that the Sixers should trade Kendall Marshall to add depth in their wing.
Marc Stein of ESPN revealed that the Sacramento Kings are shopping Ben McLemore, Kosta Koufos, and Rudy Gay to fill up the areas they need to improve on their roster. If the Sixers will pursue to trade Marshall, they could send him for Ben McLemore. This trade scenario works in the ‘ESPN Trade Machine’.
The Kings currently have a logjam at 2 with the addition of Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richarson. Some people believe that Ben McLemore is the odd man. Zach Harper of CBS Sports revealed that the Kings need a backup for Darren Collison.
If Marshall can regain his 2013-14 NBA season form, there is no doubt that he will be fitted for the role. On the other hand, Ben McLemore might have some flaws in the past seasons with the Kings. But, once he changes his surroundings, McLemore could improve and be productive in Philadelphia.
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