NBA Rumors: Sixers Have Two Players On Trade Block

The Philadelphia 76ers are said to be looking to make some moves by the trade deadline. But according to MLB Insider Marc Stein, improving the roster isn't their only motivation. 

There is a rising expectation that Philadelphia will look to move either Jaden Springer or Furkan Korkmaz before the Feb. 9 trade deadline in hopes of shedding luxury-tax dollars.

The Sixers are about $1.1M above the league's $150.3M luxury-tax threshold for this season.

Korkmaz is in his 6th year with the Sixers, but his role has been greatly diminished this season, as his minutes have essentially been cut in half to less than 11 per game. He's averaging 4.0 points and 1.2 rebounds while shooting 34.3% from long range. 

The 25-year-old was a first-round pick (26th overall) out of Turkey in 2016. He's earning $5M this season, and another $5.3M next season before becoming a free agent.

Springer was a similar first-round selection (28th overall) in 2021, and except for a 10-point night earlier this week, has been even less of a factor, playing in only six of his 22 active games all season. He's been up and down between Philly and their G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, over a dozen times this season.

His enthusiasm has gotten him into the coach's good graces, however. “That’s why we love him — practices, too,” head coach Doc Rivers explained. “That’s why we’ve taken him off the G League team a lot this year, just to have him in our practices. Especially in the middle of the year, you have practice and half the guys don’t want to practice. And Jaden shows up, and whoever he’s guarding has to practice because Jaden is. And it’s a good thing to have on your team.”

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