Instant analysis: Sixers send Danuel House to the Detroit Pistons

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Danuel House Jr., center, battles Golden State Warriors forwards Andrew Wiggins (22) and Trayce Jackson-Davis, right, for possession during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

The Philadelphia 76ers are sending guard Danuel House to the Detroit Pistons alongside their 2024 second round pick from the New York Knicks, along with cash considerations, in a salary dump move that will open up their cap sheet even more for the buyout market.

After the news of Buddy Hield’s arrival, the 76ers had one open roster spot. Now, after the Danuel House trade, the Sixers have two open roster spots. The team also has a 4.3 million dollar trade exception from the deal. The Sixers also are receiving a 2028 2nd round pick that will more than likely never convey in the form of a 2028 second round pick, protected from picks 31-55.

House has been a staple of the 76ers rotation for the past two seasons, joining the team before the 2022-2023 season. Since then he has appeared in 90 regular season games and averaged 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game. He has shot 46.4% from the field and 32.5% from three during that time span. He has also appeared in 7 playoff games for the Sixers.

Dumping House and his 4.3 million dollar contract allows the Sixers the freedom to explore all buyout opportunities after the deadline. With this move, they were able to duck under the first apron and are now able to sign anyone who becomes available on the buyout market. It is unclear whether the Sixers are done with their trade deadline plans and intend to watch the buyout market, but the 76ers now have the flexibility that they have coveted all year long.