Doc Rivers acknowledges Sixers weaknesses ahead of NBA trade deadline

With the NBA‘s trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the Philadelphia 76ers are looking to shake up the roster before they can’t make any more changes in the trade market. Since the offseason, the Sixers have had one of the biggest trading chips in the league, with Ben Simmons urging the team to bring him out.

At this point, the Sixers hope to send Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for James Harden. However, it won’t be an easy task as the Nets want a lot more than Simmons in exchange for Harden.

Regardless of whether the Sixers sell Simmons for another star or not, Philadelphia needs to make some sort of move to improve the roster. In the past, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers has mentioned that improving the team’s rebounding and play could go a long way.

After Tuesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, the Sixers head coach once again recognized a glaring weak spot in the team.

“It’s tough. We have no choice. We have to find another guard,” Rivers said after the loss to the Suns. “We do. Even though (Furkan Korkmaz) and Shake (Milton), we need a playmaker, and we’re looking for it, but they don’t grow on trees, as you know.”

Rivers mentioned the Sixers “got away with it” without having a real playmaker in the first half against the Suns on Tuesday. But when the second half rolled around, the area they were missing affected them throughout the stretch.

“It’s funny, I said to Sam (Cassell), if I follow the Suns, when I come back in the second half with this formation, I take all the ground,” continued Rivers. “And that’s what, you know, Payton took over and changed the pace of the game. There’s not much you can do with that. I think we handled it well. It just took us out of our stuff.”

The need for a point guard isn’t new to Philadelphia. They pursued a trade for Kyle Lowry last season before finally landing George Hill.

With Hill’s trade unsuccessful and the veteran found himself out of Philadelphia after one season, the Sixers need to take another swing — especially if they don’t receive value for Simmons. But Rivers also keeps reality in check.

“There’s nothing we can do, obviously,” Rivers concluded. “You can only do something if there’s something there, but it’s clearly something we’re looking for.”

The NBA trade deadline goes into effect Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.

Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.

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