Daryl Morey has yet again made another move. Just moments after yet another debilitating Eagles loss, it was announced that the Sixers and Pistons had made a trade.
The Philadelphia 76ers would send over guard Zhaire Smith while the Detroit Pistons would send center Tony Bradley.
Neither player is especially proven and the trade makes sense for both sides.
The Pistons filled their roster to the brim with centers due to an incredible amount of incompetence. The Sixers meanwhile had an overabundance of guards after Daryl Morey did everything in his power to under the incredible incompetence of the previous regime.
While many, including myself, were anxious to see what Smith could prove this season, it’s unlikely he would ever get the opportunity due to the depth at guard. It made sense for both teams to swap unproven players at loaded positions.
Smith and Bradley were drafted a year apart from each other. Smith in the 2018 NBA draft (16th overall) and Bradley in the 2017 draft (28th overall).
Both have seen limited opportunities in the NBA. Smith due to a debilitating allergic reaction that nearly cost him his life. Bradley meanwhile, saw limited time thanks to the front-court depth of the Utah Jazz.
Bradley though had an opportunity to prove himself last season and he showed off his potential.
Sixers’ Addition Tony Bradley
Averaging 4.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game may not seem like much on the surface. When you consider that he achieved that in just over 11 minutes per game, it’s certainly an accomplishment.
Per 36 minutes, Tony Bradley averaged 15.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. As a 22-year-old with limited experience, those numbers are certainly encouraging.
The Sixers have already bolstered the center position after signing Dwight Howard. The addition of Bradley is a luxury, not a need. He adds further insurance and a potential long-term backup.
While not a “need” this is still a brilliant trade by President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey.
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