The Philadelphia 76ers are making a big push to secure a playoff spot in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As they are precariously holding on the eight spot in the Eastern Conference, the team is rumored to be eyeing some players before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
According to a report from NJ.com, the team is looking to beef up its lineup by searching for shooters and scorers. Sources said that the team is eyeing guard Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers. Williams is currently averaging 23.5 points to go with 5.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Incidentally, Williams played for the Sixers before leaving the team in 2012 as a free agent.
Aside from Williams, the team is reportedly looking at another scorer in veteran Marco Belinelli, said a report from The Athletic. The Italian gunner of the Atlanta Hawks is averaging 11.4 points with a 37.1 percent clip from beyond the three-point arc. The report noted that Belinelli is a sensible choice, considering the Sixers salary cap.
Meanwhile, Liberty Ballers reported that the Sixers are also interested on Memphis Grizzlies guard, Tyreke Evans. Marc Stein of The New York Times took to Twitter to reveal the team's plans of acquiring Evans. "The Sixers have expressed trade interest in Tyreke Evans, according to league sources, but Memphis continues to seek a first-round pick in an Evans deal and Philly is naturally reluctant to surrender it," wrote Stein.
Evans is having a pretty impressive year for the Grizzlies, averaging 19.5 points, five rebounds, and five assists per outing. The Liberty Ballers report also noted that Evans may be one of the missing pieces for the Sixer's playoff push. The team is said to be lacking playmakers coming off the bench, which Evans can easily fill.
With less than a week before the trade deadline, NBA fans can expect the Sixers, as well as other teams to make some moves to boost their playoff chances come April.