5. DeMar DeRozan
The Sixers would prefer to add DeRozan over Zach LaVine. The six-time All-Star gives them more size and versatility. DeRozan is 6’6 and comfortable playing two through four. He can guard multiple positions which makes switching easier. Both are elite scorers, but DeRozan offers more ball-handling and playmaking, which Philadelphia will need if James Harden has a new address.
The 6’6 forward is a mid-range master, but may not be the cleanest offensive fit next to Joel Embiid. The 76ers would need shooters around their star duo, and it would take time to gel. New head coach Nick Nurse is a master tactician, but it may not work fitting them together on the fly.
DeRozan is entering the final year of his contract. The Bulls have expressed interest in an extension, but nothing has materialized yet. The 34-year-old could be ready to join a contender before the deadline, and the Sixers want a co-star for Joel Embiid.
DeMar DeRozan is comfortable in any role, which could help the Philadelphia 76ers. It is Joel Embiid’s team, but Philly may prefer Tyrese Maxey to be the number two. DeRozan currently plays with LaVine and Nikole Vucevic in Chicago and is no stranger to being the lead distributor. The six-time All-Star’s expiring contract could open the door for the Sixers before the deadline.