It felt inevitable that the Philadelphia 76ers were going to make at least one trade before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday.
They had been rumored to be interested in many players on the trade block in recent weeks. Plus, their recent three-game skid put even more pressure on the organization to make a move.
Instead of trying to shake up the team by trading a starter, GM Elton Brand decided to stick with the current core. He opted to add much needed scoring off the bench.
It doesn’t seem like he’s ready to make large changes to the team. Those moves will have to wait until the offseason if the Sixers yet again fail to move past the second round of the playoffs.
Recapping the Sixers moves
Robinson is averaging 12.9 points per game, including 40 percent from deep.
Burks is averaging 16.1 points per game and is shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range.
Instead of playing starter-type minutes like they did with the depleted Warriors, both players will now be counted on to provide depth and scoring off the bench.
Spacing and shooting are two things the Sixers are lacking right now. Perhaps those two issues are the biggest reasons why the team is underachieving.
Will this trade provide a spark?
The Sixers certainly are better today than compared to the team that left Miami on Monday night after losing by 31 points.
Having more good players entering the lineup isn’t a bad thing. Plus, the Sixers didn’t have to get up some of their best assets to make this deal work.
This trade will help somewhat but questions remain about how the starting lineup fits together.
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