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Philadelphia 76ers: Why wasn’t Torrey Craig an option at the deadline?



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To make matters all the more impressive, Craig is averaging said career-best stats on similarly record-setting shooting numbers in roughly the same number of minutes he played on average over his three-year tenure in Colorado. While trades between rivals happen in the NBA a little more often than, say, the NFL, it’s never a great idea to ship a rotational player to a potential playoff foe to help fill a massive deficiency. Maybe Morey thought Reed would ride his G-League success to the NBA or that a player like Otto Porter would have been bought out of his contract with the Orlando Magic but clearly, whatever assumption he made proved incorrect, as the Sixers entered the playoffs without a viable backup swing forward and only so many ways to mask that with lineup composition.

The Sixers didn’t even have “Just A Guy” that Doc Rivers felt comfortable playing meaningful minutes at the power forward spot during the playoffs, ergo why they had so many problems when the Atlanta Hawks opted to go big with Danilo Gallinari, John Collins, Clint Capela, and either Kevin Huerter or Bogdan Bogdanovic playing alongside Trae Young.

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