The 123-96 defeat was the team’s third loss in their last four games and after some quality performances from the bench, that production has disappeared as of late.
Maybe a new face could help this bench.
The sixth-year player out of Duke could fit nicely with this veteran team. The possibly of getting minutes could be appealing to Rivers.
After trade with Wizards, Suns agree to part ways with G Austin Rivers, per ESPN sources. Rivers – earning $12.6M in final year of deal – becomes a free agent upon clearing waivers. As a veteran, sides concluded Rivers fits better on an older team that’s pursuing playoffs.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 18, 2018
His ability to ball handle and to create his own shot can’t be overlooked. The 76ers have needed that for the past several seasons and is why Jimmy Butler is now on the team.
The role of ball handling and creating was supposed to go to Markelle Fultz, but the second-year guard has yet to earn it.
Now to be clear, Rivers certainly won’t help their poor defense or carry the team when they aren’t hitting shots. He won’t propel the 76ers past the likes of the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics in a playoff series.
But he’s an upgrade over an empty roster spot the team has had since the Butler trade.
Something needs to be done soon about the lack of depth in the rotation. It’s not Brett Brown’s fault he doesn’t have enough good players.
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