5 Bargain trade targets to help the Philadelphia 76ers replace James Harden

Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports)
Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony
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Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic

It was interestingly reported a couple of weeks ago that there’s a belief Cole Anthony could end up being the odd man out in the Orlando Magic backcourt. Working as a backup behind Markelle Fultz and Gary Harris, there’s no guarantee that Anthony will be able to hold onto a reserved role this season. Battling Jalen Suggs and two rookie guards (Anthony Black and Jett Howard) for limited minutes heading into the start of the season, it’s easy to see why the Magic could end up trading Anthony. Especially considering he’s also entering the final year of his contract before hitting restricted free agency.

Through three seasons with the Magic, Anthony has been far from consistent. But, in fairness, he’s also been productive. During his third season in the league, Anthony averaged 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists on 45 percent shooting from the field. At just 23 years old, it would be foolish for another team not to take a flier on him. And there’s value in a team acquiring him before he hits restricted free agency.

Could the Sixers be that team? They have a clear need in the backcourt and Anthony is clearly talented. In theory, playing next to Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid could be the exact change-up that he needs to hit his stride in the league.