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Philadelphia 76ers acquire Buddy Hield in flurry of deals on NBA trade deadline day

Digital Brief: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024
Digital Brief: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 02:36

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) - The Philadelphia 76ers have added a former lottery draft pick during a flurry of moves on NBA trade deadline day.

The Sixers on Thursday acquired guard Buddy Hield from the Indiana Pacers in a three-team deal with the San Antonio Spurs. Philly sent Furkan Korkmaz and two second-round picks and cash considerations to Indy. 

Marcus Morris Sr. was sent to the Spurs in the trade along with the Los Angeles Clippers' 2029 second-round pick and cash considerations, and San Antonio sent forward Doug McDermott to the Pacers. 

Morey made four of moves ahead of the NBA trade deadline with the Sixers tumbling down the East standings without injured All-Star Joel Embiid.  

The Sixers also sent Danuel House Jr. and a 2024 second-round pick to the Detroit Pistons; then traded guard Patrick Beverley to the Milwaukee Bucks for guard Cameron Payne and a 2027 second-round draft pick. 

The Sixers finished the deadline by sending 2021 first-round pick Jaden Springer to the Boston Celtics for a 2024 second-round pick, the person said.  

Morey is set to speak to the media about the moves on Friday afternoon.

The Sixers cleared millions in salary cap space — $4.3 million alone on the House trade, as part of the traded player exception — and could target potential buyout options who could strengthen the postseason run such as Charlotte's Kyle Lowry, a Philly native, or Spencer Dinwiddie.

The 76ers now have three open roster spots. The team is $4.9 million below the luxury tax and has a $2.2 million trade exception, per

"BREAKING: @patbev21 to the Milwaukee Bucks," was posted on the social media account that belonged to Beverley's podcast.  

Beverley, a two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection, signed a $3.2 million, $1 million free-agent deal with the Sixers. The Pat Bev Podcast posted video on Instagram of Beverley sitting on a sofa with a cell phone against his ear watching the news break on the ESPN ticker.

The 76ers will seemingly look like a whole new team when they host Atlanta on Friday.

The 76ers are 4-12 without Embiid and will be without the reigning MVP for at least a month — if not much longer — following knee surgery this week.

Hield will earn $19.2 million this season in the final year of a four-year contract. He averaged just 12 points this year in 52 games with the Pacers. He is a career 40% 3-point shooter. Hield made just 28 starts this year but should see an expanded role on a Sixers team hit hard by injuries and illness.

Hield has been one of the top 3-point shooters in the NBA for years in both volume and makes. He hit at least 260 in four straight seasons with the Sacramento Kings and made a career-high 288 last season with the Pacers.

The Sixers are shooting just 31% from 3-point range this season and can only hope Hield provides not only a viable outside option down the stretch but can take some of the pressure off All-Star guard Tyrese Maxey, who has struggled in Embiid's absence.

Maxey has a combined 50 points in three games since he scored a career-best 51 last week against the Utah Jazz.

Hield was drafted with the sixth overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in 2016. He spent one season with the Pelicans before being traded to the Sacramento Kings. He joined the Pacers during a midseason trade in the 2021-22 season.  

Payne, 29, has averaged 6.2 points, 2.3 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 14.9 minutes in 47 games with the Bucks while shooting 39.7% from 3-point range. He joined the Bucks this season after spending the last four seasons with the Phoenix Suns. Payne also has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Sixers have lost seven of eight games.

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