Pacers Trade Buddy Hield to 76ers for Marcus Morris Sr., Furkan Korkmaz, Plus Three Second-Round Picks

– ‣ The Indiana Pacers are trading guard Buddy Hield to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Marcus Morris Sr., guard Furkan Korkmaz, and three second-round draft picks, enhancing the Sixers’ roster with Hield’s sharpshooting abilities.
– ‣ The Sixers are also making moves for salary cap flexibility, trading Danuel House Jr. and a 2024 second-round draft pick to the Detroit Pistons, aiming for potential signings like Kyle Lowry if he becomes available.
– ‣ Buddy Hield, known for his exceptional 3-point shooting, has maintained a healthy season with the Pacers, appearing in all 52 games, which could benefit the Sixers given Joel Embiid’s history of missed games.

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The Indiana Pacers have decided to shake things up a bit. They’re sending guard Buddy Hield over to the Philadelphia 76ers. In return, they’re getting forward Marcus Morris Sr., guard Furkan Korkmaz, and a trio of second-round draft picks. Talk about a major move!

But wait, there’s more. The Sixers aren’t stopping there. They’ve also decided to trade Danuel House Jr. and a 2024 second-round draft pick from the New York Knicks to the Detroit Pistons. This info comes straight from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, so you know it’s legit.

This trade’s a game-changer for the Sixers. It gives them the salary cap wiggle room they need to sign some buyout players after the deadline. And guess who might be on their radar? Kyle Lowry from the Charlotte Hornets, if he’s up for grabs after a contract buyout.

Now, let’s dive into the numbers a bit. All three players involved are on expiring contracts. Hield’s salary is getting a slight bump from $19.3M to $19.8M for trade purposes. He’s also got some likely bonuses that are jumping from $712K to $1.3M. Morris is sitting at $17.1M, and Korkmaz at $5.4M, according to Bobby Marks on Twitter.

With these moves, Philly’s now got two roster spots open and is $2.7 million under the luxury tax. Hield, Morris, and Korkmaz – they’re all on the final year of their contracts. Hield’s salary adjustment for this season is just one part of the equation.

Let’s talk about Buddy Hield for a sec. This guy’s a sharpshooter. In his 52 games (28 starts) with the Pacers this season, he’s averaged 12 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 25.7 minutes. His shooting? Solid. 44.3% from the floor, 38.4% from 3-point range, and 84.8% at the foul line.

Hield’s not just any shooter, though. Last season, he was second in 3-pointers with 288, third in attempts, and ninth in percentage. This season, he’s still up there, ranking 15th in 3-pointers and 16th in attempts. His percentage might’ve dipped, but joining the Sixers could give his long-distance shooting a new lease on life.

Remember that game against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 22? Hield was on fire, scoring a season-high 31 points. He was unstoppable from the field and beyond the arc. And let’s not forget his time with the Sacramento Kings. He once nailed a career-high 11 3s against Boston.

What’s really impressive about Hield is his durability. He’s played in all 52 of the Pacers’ games this season. Given Joel Embiid’s spotty attendance record, that’s a big deal for the Sixers.

Oh, and by the way, the NBA trade deadline is looming. It’s set for Thursday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. ET. So, buckle up, folks. It’s going to be an interesting ride.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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