After a few days of hiccups, we finally got our answer for what the Philadelphia 76ers would do by picking No. 23 in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Daryl Morey populated the number 23 pick – which ended up being David Rudy – along with veteran Danny Green in a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies that sees the Sixers take back DeAnthony Milton.
The 24-year-old Milton put in 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists while averaging 22 minutes per game for the Grizzlies last season. Milton is owed $8.25 million for next season and $8 million in 2023-24 for each Spotrac.
To make the move work on a salary cap basis, Memphis is expected to guarantee Greene’s $10 million salary next season, despite the fact that the veteran is dealing with a severe knee injury he suffered against the Miami Heat in the second round of their game loss to the Miami Heat. .
Danny Green’s $10 million contract should be guaranteed to get the math working in the trade.
Green had an unsecured contract for 2022-23 that was due to become fully protected on 7/1.
Excluding the offsetting movement, Philly will receive $6.4 million in ML tax. https://t.co/P2eM7eynIM
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Milton will give the Sixers much-needed depth in the backcourt next season. He’s a better outdoor shooter than Mattise Thybulle, tying 36.1 percent of his off-arc attempts over his four-year career. Although he likely didn’t match Thybulle’s All-Defensive capabilities, Melton had a solid defensive performance in the NBA playoffs. He led the Grizzlies with a defensive rating of 99.2 during the post-season.
The trade affects the roof space of the Sixers, who will be entering a free agency next week. As it stands, it looks like Philly will only be able to offer taxpayers a mid-level exemption for veteran free agents. That comes to roughly $6.4 million instead of the entire $10.3 million in non-taxpayer MLE that the Sixers are rumored to use to try to sign veteran PJ Tucker.
Morey could still make some moves to increase the Sixers’ flexibility of heading to free agency. Thybulle is due $4.3 million for the 2022-23 campaign, while Philly could guard Furkan Korkmaz’s $5 million deal to gain some extra space.
On the latest episode of Sixers Daily, Dave Early and Frank Jackson join me to discuss the Milton deal, how it affects Philly’s rotation and what it means for the Sixers heading into free agency. We also discuss the rest of the 2022 NBA Draft, some of the best picks, and the latest drama featuring Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets.
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