According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have completed a trade, acquiring Buddy Hield from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Marcus Morris, Furkan Korkmaz, and three second-round picks. At 31 years old, Hield boasts a reputation as one of the NBA’s premier 3-point shooters, maintaining an average of 12 points per game while shooting an impressive 38.4 percent from beyond the arc in 52 games this season with the Pacers.
With 1,842 career 3-pointers to his name, Hield ranks second only to Stephen Curry since entering the league in the 2016-17 season. His arrival addresses a glaring need for the 76ers, who currently rank among the NBA’s bottom five teams in both 3-point attempts and makes this season.
As the 76ers navigate through a period of injuries, including reigning league MVP Joel Embiid’s absence due to a recent knee procedure, Hield’s addition provides a timely boost to their roster. This move may mark just the beginning of Philadelphia’s efforts to bolster their team ahead of the deadline, with the potential for further acquisitions to strengthen their squad for the upcoming stretch run.
Hield’s career at a glance: Hield was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. He quickly made an impact in the NBA with his scoring ability, particularly from beyond the arc. Hield’s shooting stroke and ability to create his own shot made him a valuable asset on the court.
In February 2017, Hield was traded to the Sacramento Kings as part of a blockbuster deal involving DeMarcus Cousins. Hield remained with the Kings until March 2022 when he was shipped to Indiana.