Either way, the Sixers held onto Ben Simmons, who is probably having the finest season of his profession.

The Sixers, on the other hand, might make a big acquisition of their own.

Lowry would obviously be an astounding addition for the Sixers, who, to O’Connor’s point, still lack a reputable, shot-making developer on the perimeter.

Problem is, the Raptors are beginning of late and might see themselves as being one relocation away from competing for another trip to the Finals. They have actually won seven of their last 10 and sit just 4 video games back of Philly, and Kyle Lowry is still amazing. He ranks No. 9 in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus and, together with Fred VanVleet, stays the lifeline of a Toronto organization not keen on restoring.

Outside of Lowry, a few names to monitor are Lonzo Ball, Evan Fournier and George Hill. JJ Redick isn’t a creator, but Philly makes just 10.3 3-pointers per game, which ranks No. 28 in the league. It is extremely tough to win in the playoffs while losing the 3-point fight, and though Redick started rocky this season, he’s shooting just under 49 percent on 3.5 3-pointers a night over 11 video games in February.

As O’Connor pointed out, the trade market remains unclear with the extended March 25 deadline still a month away, but we understand a thousand telephone call are happening as we speak and Morey is on a great deal of them. He wasn’t on the task in Philly more than a week before he traded for Danny Green, and two weeks prior to he traded for Seth Curry, attending to Philly’s complete lack of shooting in the blink of an eye. They could still use more of it, in addition to a playmaker, and if there is someone to be had who fills among, or both of, those holes, Morey will not hesitate to pull the trigger.

The Sixers have been atop the Eastern Conference most of the season, but they’ve struck a little bit of a slide of late, losing 4 of their last six as the Brooklyn Nets have pulled within a half-game of the leading spot, entering Tuesday.

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