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February 03, 2019

Live NBA Trade deadline: Reports say Sixers are among leaders to trade for Nikola Mirotic

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The NBA Trade Deadline is right around the corner, with all trades needing to be finalized before February 7 at 3 p.m. And with the Sixers looking to contend for the Eastern Conference title this season, there's a chance first-year general manager Elton Brand becomes a buyer before the trade clock expires on Thursday.

All winter, we've been keeping track of the latest free agency news and trade rumors surrounding the Phillies this offseason, and we decided it's a good time to start doing the same for the Sixers with the deadline so close. 

Our own Kyle Neubeck has already written extensively on the trade deadline, and you can read some of his work here:

• Will Wilson Chandler's injury impact Sixers' approach to NBA trade deadline?
• What should the Sixers do with Markelle Fultz at the NBA trade deadline?
• The Sixers could benefit from Knicks trade of Kristaps Porzingis
• Sixers can make NBA's best trade offer for Anthony Davis, but they probably shouldn't
• How does Anthony Davis trade request impact the Sixers?
• Would the Sixers explore a trade for Grizzlies guard Mike Conley?

And that's just in the last week or so. Kyle also answered a ton of trade-specific questions in his Sixers chat on Friday, which is definitely worth checking out. 

Today, we'll take a quick look at yet another rumor emerging from the potential fire sale that is the New Orleans Pelicans. The Sporting News is reporting that the Sixers are interested in forward Nikola Mirotic (who is having a great season. averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, while also shooting 36.8 percent from three).

Here's what Sean Deveney had to say:

According to a league source, one team that has expressed interest in Mirotic is the Sixers, who have been eager to land a stretch-4 after having traded away Dario Saric in the Jimmy Butler package. New Orleans is seeking a first-round pick, and the Sixers have all their own first-rounders and a Miami first-rounder in 2021, plus an enormous stash of second-rounders: three (including Chicago’s) this year, three (including New York's or Brooklyn's) next year and four in 2021. 

There’s also the team that was the frontrunner at this time last year to land Mirotic from Chicago — the Jazz. Sources told Sporting News that they, too, have interest in Mirotic. [The Sporting News]

If the Sixers can somehow land the 27-year-old from Montenegro for just a few assets — like their own first rounder which will be a late pick — or some seconds, it's a great find for them. However they will do what they can to avoid giving up a big role player, as the team still lacks a lot of depth on its rotation.

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