Sixers reportedly eyeing the Eastern Conference sniper originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The NBA offseason is one day old, but the Sixers are already linked with an intriguing free agent as they look for ways to retool before next season.
The New York Post’s Marc Berman reported on Wednesday that the Sixers are one of at least three teams with an “interest” in Knicks shooting winger Reggie Bullock.
Here’s what Berman reported on Wednesday:
“According to an NBA source, two teams in the Atlantic Division, the Celtics and the 76ers, are interested in Knicks swingman Reggie Bullock, who started all season as a goalie or small forward.
The source said the Lakers, for whom Bullock played in 2018-19 alongside LeBron James, also have Bullock on their roster. Interestingly, a report surfaced on Wednesday that the Lakers will try to lure Chris Paul to Los Angeles Paul and Bullock are both from North Carolina and are close.
Bullock’s preference is to stay with the Knicks, but he will likely command the $ 9.23 million mid-level total exception. A source believes Bullock, who turned 30 in March, will seek a three-way deal. years.”
Bullock, 30, enjoyed one of the best years of his eight-year career with the Knicks in 2020-21, averaging 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 41% from depth and 90.9% from the free throw line. He’s been a solid defenseman for years and posted the best career defensive wins in Tom Thibodeau’s first defense system last year.
The Sixers have $ 100.5 million pledged in three players next year, so their leeway to add free agents isn’t huge – especially if Danny Green, who hinted at a return, is back. for a second year in Philly.
NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Noah Levick looked at six possible candidates for the Sixers’ mid-level taxpayer exception earlier this week, and included Bullock as an option:
Bullock has started 64 games for the Knicks and has made 41% of his three. He’s the type of player who adapts to almost any setting. Although he’s not as good at forcing turnovers as his UNC product colleague Danny Green, he would fill a similar role. Furkan Korkmaz and Green are among the Sixers’ four unrestricted free agents, but the team should still pursue shooters. According to Cleaning the Glass, the Sixers placed 26th overall. last season with a frequency of three points. “
Ultimately, the team’s interest in Bullock here could be a fallback option if Green ends up elsewhere or if he splits up with Korkmaz in some sort of trade. Bullock will cost less than Green, and he brings similar skills, but with much less playoff experience.
I really like the idea of adding Bullock, a fairly versatile kite that’s the size to play small forward in a pinch. The Sixers need as reliable a shot as possible around their unorthodox Big Three, a trio of players who thrive closer to the hoop. Outside of Seth Curry and the aforementioned Green and Korkmaz, Shake Milton wasn’t very reliable throughout last season, Matisse Thybulle and Tyrese Maxey are still very uneven shooters, and George Hill often looked lost – although he’s mid-year addition and maybe he never gelled like the team hoped.
Maybe we’ll see if the Sixers still have influence over the wanted free agents, or if Bullock will choose to come back to the Lakers for another shot at a Los Angeles title or if Boston can pull him in.