3 trades to help the 76ers honor Furkan Korkmaz’s trade request

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76ers trade Furkan Korkmaz to Pistons

The Pistons appear willing to trade Saddiq Bey ahead of the trade deadline. According to James L. Edwards III of the Athletic, he might even be a more likely trade candidate the Bojan Bogdanovic or Alec Burks.

For the Sixers, this trade accomplishes two things: it nets them a rotation-caliber wing in Bey, and it sheds salary to help save ownership a few tax dollars. Philadelphia has a reported interest in shedding salary and a reported interest in getting better. In this trade, they accomplish both.

Bey has struggled with his efficiency over the years, but he’s a capable volume shooter and multi-position defender on the wing. One has to imagine his shooting numbers might creep in the right direction with a more streamlined role playing off of Joel Embiid and James Harden.

At 23 years old, Bey is in the third year of his rookie contract and is due $4.5 million next season. That’s a small price for a rotation player with upside. Bey would give the second unit more juice offensively and he’s more postseason-friendly, at least on paper, than Matisse Thybulle or Georges Niang.

The Pistons, meanwhile, get second-round picks (including the Charlotte pick, which figures to land very low in the 30s), a flier on Korkmaz, and Jaden Springer, the Sixers’ most recent first-round pick.