You see, back in 2018, the Trail Blazers signed the younger Curry brother to a one-year contract worth $2.8 million with a non-guaranteed second-year player option for the 2019-20 season. While Curry ultimately wasn’t a massive gamechanger for the Blazers, as he only averaged 7.9 points in 18.9 minutes of action a night, he did enough to garner a four-year, $32 million contract from the Dallas Mavericks – the contract he’s currently on – and eventually, get traded to the Sixers in exchange for Josh Richardson and the draft rights of Tyler Bey.
In Philly, Curry has transformed himself from a spot-starting sixth man to one of the most lethal starting two guards in the business, a high-volume shooter who can hit from anywhere and has developed some very nice secondary playmaking abilities. Acquiring Curry the player isn’t the difference between the Sixers and the Trail Blazers. Heck, had the Blazers just secured Carmelo Anthony a few years earlier, when both Lillard and McCollum were recruiting him in 2017, maybe the Blazers would have more than one Western Conference Finals appearance since 2012.
By trading for Seth Curry and having him transcend his asking price to an exceptional degree, the Philadelphia 76ers elevated their ceiling, at least in the eyes of Zach Lowe.