76ers Trade For Norman Powell, Buddy Hield In Blockbuster Proposal

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One NBA writer is proposing that the Philadelphia 76ers acquire Norman Powell from the Los Angeles Clippers and Buddy Hield from the Indiana Pacers in a blockbuster deal. Ishaan Bhattacharya of Fadeaway World proposed the following trade idea between the Pacers, Sixers and Clippers:

Indiana Pacers Receive: Marcus Morris Sr., Jason Preston, 2024 Second-Round Pick (IND), 2024 Second-Round Pick (NYK), 2029 Second-Round Pick (PHI), 2029 Second-Round Pick (LAC)

Philadelphia 76ers Receive: Norman Powell, Buddy Hield, 2029 First-Round Pick (LAC)

Los Angeles Clippers Receive: James Harden

“Norman Powell’s contract doesn’t look the most eye-watering, but he is a proven performer on the court,” Bhattacharya wrote in his latest NBA trade column. “He averaged 17.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists last season and could be a fantastic option in the backcourt next to Tyrese Maxey, with his off-ball abilities lending well to playing a high-value role on the 76ers. It would also upgrade the defensive strength of the 76ers’ backcourt, as Powell is an active perimeter defender.

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“Buddy Hield averaged 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists with 42.5% efficiency from three (8.5 attempts per game) last season and would stretch the floor magnificently well on the 76ers. Joel Embiid attracts a lot of attention in the paint, so open perimeter shots are very likely. Having a shooter like Hield knock those opportunities down allows the 76ers to give Embiid more room to operate in the paint and create chances for others from the post when needed.”

Harden has requested a trade from the Sixers and wants to get traded to the Clippers. The 2017-18 NBA MVP doesn’t plan to report to training camp if he’s still on the Sixers.

Powell averaged 17.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the Clippers last season while shooting 47.9% from the field, 39.7% from beyond the arc and 81.2% from the free-throw line in 60 games.

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Meanwhile, Hield is one of the best shooters of all time. He was second in the NBA last season in 3-point field goals (288) and shot 42.5% from beyond the arc. The 30-year-old Oklahoma product is a career 40.2% shooter from 3-point land, which is good for 39th in NBA history.

Hield, who has requested a trade, averaged 16.8 points for the Pacers last season.

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