By Peter Gleason
The Sixers are in disarray, and they made a move overnight to bolster their bench scoring:
Trading for Golden State Warriors’ forward Glenn Robinson III (above left) and guard Alec Burks (right), ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported.
The Sixers are sending Golden State a 2020 second-round pick via Dallas, a 2021 second-round pick via Denver and a 2022 second-round pick via Toronto, a league source said.
Robinson and Burks will give the Sixers some much-needed scoring off the bench.
Robinson, a sixth-year player out of Michigan, is averaging 12.9 points in 31.6 minutes this season, shooting 48.1% from the field and 40% from 3-point range. Burks, a ninth-year player out of Colorado, is averaging 16.1 points in 29 minutes, shooting 40.6% from the field and 37.5% from 3-point range.
Each was held out of Golden State’s lineup last night against the Nets in New York, with the team opting to play it safe as it worked on potential deals.
“Tough night to go out and play,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said before the trade was announced. “Two of our leaders, elder statesmen, guys who are really beloved in the locker room. For the team to find out those two guys are most likely going to be traded is pretty tough. … Not a good way to prepare for a game when something like that happens.”
The Sixers are on a three-game skid that has dropped them to 31-20 this season and had star center Joel Embiid acknowledging to reporters that the team doesn’t have an offensive identity right now.
Their roster was at 15 before the trade, which means it will need to waive or move two players as part of the deal.