3 intriguing options for 76ers to make ‘major move’ at trade deadline

New Orleans Pelicans, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA Rumors
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Lonzo Ball – New Orleans Pelicans

While he is not an All-Star player, Lonzo Ball could be a huge addition to the Philadelphia 76ers for many reasons. Not only is he one of the hottest players in the league right now, but Ball has turned himself into a terrific off-the-ball guard. 

Ball is averaging 14.3 points per game this season, a career-high, and is shooting 39.2% from three-point range. He currently ranks third on the Pelicans in scoring this season and could be a huge secondary addition for the 76ers in their efforts to make it back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2001. 

The biggest concern for this 76ers team though is their depth in the backcourt. Behind Ben Simmons, this team does not have a true floor general who can make plays for others. Shake Milton is more of a scorer than he is a facilitator and the same goes for Seth Curry. 

Adding Lonzo Ball to this 76ers team gives them a second playmaker and could really expand their offense. Last season, the 76ers ranked 8th in the league in assists per game, but with the addition of Ball, Philadelphia could end up being the best passing team in the league. 

RELATED: NBA Trade rumors: This Pelicans-Sixers trade is focused on Lonzo Ball

Ben Simmons is probably the second-best passer in the entire league behind LeBron James and adding another big time facilitator in Lonzo Ball makes this 76ers team even more difficult to defend. Not to mention, Ben Simmons could move into the low-post and be a pass first type of big man, opening up the court a lot more for the 76ers’ shooters like Curry and Green.

With Lonzo Ball being owed $11M this season, the 76ers would likely have to part ways with either Danny Green or Seth Curry, but it could make a lot of sense in the grand scheme of things to add Ball to this roster because of his “do-it-all” play style. 

About Brett Siegel 623 Articles
Brett Siegel joined NBA Analysis Network as a NBA Insider in 2020. For all up-to-date NBA news, stats and info, and any inquiries, be sure to follow him on Twitter @BrettSiegelNBA.