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Philadelphia 76ers: No Rondo, no problem; just use the trade exception

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Even if he’s not what one would call a high-volume 3 point shooter, his defensive acumen and well-earned floor general status would surely be enough to justify such a move, right? Even if it was just to be used as trade bait later?

Well, as it turns out, we’ll never know how Rondo would have fit alongside Joel Embiid and company, as he was bought out by the Grizzlies – surely because Morey wasn’t offering a trade – and he reportedly intends to return to the Los Angeles Lakers to re-team up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Assuming the Sixers want to be players around the trade deadline like they so often are – whether for a stretch 5, a wing defender, or another point guard – they sort of need movable contracts that don’t require multiple assets to justify a move; aka why the team has a trade exception in the first place.

Remember how the Sixers had to trade three players to get Hill on the books last spring? Does anyone really want to see that happen again?

With Anthony Tolliver officially off the books, the Philadelphia 76ers have 14 players under contract, with one more, Charles Bassey, still unsigned. While the team could totally take the path of least resistance and simply slot in Bassey as their 15th man – and officially sign Grant Riller to a two-way deal – doing so would effectively guarantee the Al Horford trade exception expires, and the team’s overall optionality retracts significantly heading into a season that will surely be defined by change.

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