Elton Brand says the Sixers are looking to add an impactful player for their 15th roster spot, a spot that opened after they traded Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and Jerryd Bayless for Justin Patton and Jimmy Butler.
According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the Sixers “could have eyes for” Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
“Philadelphia still has some work to do to get to (the Finals),” O’Connor said on The Ringer’s NBA Show via USA Today. “I mean, they traded arguably their best shooters aside from JJ Redick. Now their depth is depleted, they need to add shooting. I had in my article on Saturday that they still retain interest in Cavs wing Kyle Korver. I’ve since heard that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the Lakers is a guy they could have eyes for.”
KCP signed a one-year, $12 million contract with LA this summer, but his role had continued to diminish. KCP began the season as a starter, but is now coming off of the bench and hasn’t played 20 minutes in any of the past six games. KCP is averaging a career-low 6.9 points per game this season. However, Rajon Rondo just broke his hand and will miss some time, so who knows if that changes anything for KCP.
For his career, KCP is a 34.4% three-point shooter and he shot 38.3% last season on 5.6 attempts from beyond the arc. The 6-5, 25-year-old guard could certainly help Philadelphia, but definitely has his shortcoming as well. If the Sixers are looking for a wing or a guard to fill that 15th roster spot, I’d rather Korver than KCP.