The Philadelphia 76ers are in the final stretch of the season, and the new players continue to gel and adjust to the system. The Sixers are a much different team than they were at the beginning of the year. Through trade, they’ve acquired Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler, among others.
When you trade for players like this, the cost comes in the form of picks and players that we grow connected to over time. Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and even rookie Landry Shamet became big parts of the team. Then they were dealt.
In this column, we’ll check in on the beloved players that were sent away and the not-so-beloved ones too.
Robert Covington (MIN)
Right after getting traded, RoCo entered the T’Wolves starting five and made an immediate impact. He offered them a chance to stretch the floor and vastly improved their defense. Unfortunately, Cov hasn’t played since December 31 with a bone bruise in his right knee.
His return is imminent, but it might be too late for Minnesota to make a playoff run. They are six games behind 8th place San Antonio at this point. Jumping the Lakers is realistic, but the Kings and Spurs pose a tougher test.
In 22 games for Minnesota, RoCo is posting averages of 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. He’s shooting 43.3 percent from the floor and 37.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Wilson Chandler (LAC)
Chandler had worked himself back to being a solid part of the Sixers’ starting five before he got hurt on January 31. He hasn’t played since then and was a part of the deal with the Clippers to acquire Tobias Harris.
Chandler is reportedly set to make his Clippers debut on March 8 against the Thunder.
Jerryd Bayless (MIN)
We’ll keep this one short. After not playing at all for the Sixers this season, Bayless was included in the Jimmy Butler trade to Minnesota. He has gotten some more minutes with the Timberwolves, but isn’t putting up great numbers.
In 21 games (six starts), he’s averaging 6.1 points on 32.7 percent shooting. The 30-year-old is shooting 30.7 percent from beyond, well below his 36.3 percent career average.
Dario Saric (MIN)
Dario spent the majority of his time since the trade coming off the bench. He’s started the past nine games, though. After averaging just 6.7 points in 14 games during January, Saric upped that to 11.6 points in February.
The 24-year-old native of Croatia is averaging 11.3 points over the last 10 games, shooting over 47 percent from the floor. Minnesota is underachieving at 29-34, and it looks like Dario will be watching the playoffs from home.
Mike Muscala (LAL)
Muscala looked like he was going to be a solid back-up big for the Sixers. That didn’t work out too well. After shooting under 40 percent through 47 games with the Sixers, Muscala was traded. He went to the Clippers in the Harris deal and was then traded to the Lakers.
Muscala is averaging just under 11 minutes per game, shooting 33.3 percent from the floor. Over the last five, he’s shooting under 30 percent from the floor and from three. Yikes.
Landry Shamet (LAC)
Losing Shamet has been a tough one for the Sixers. Without him, they’ve struggled to get consistent scoring from their bench. Given, that’s been an issue all season, but definitely hurts more without Landry.
Shamet came off the bench for the first two games with the Clippers, and he made a good enough impression to start. The rookie out of Wichita State hasn’t skipped a beat since being traded. In 10 games, he’s averaging 12.4 points while shooting 46.2 percent from three-point range.
He’s scored 20+ points in two of LA’s last three games. The Clippers are eight games over .500 as of March 5, seventh in the West. If they continue to play well, playoffs should be very attainable. They are a half-game ahead of San Antonio for eighth and 3.5 ahead of the Kings for ninth.
Markelle Fultz (ORL)
The former top pick isn’t expected to suit up for the Magic this season. Orlando head coach Steve Clifford said in a recent interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that Fultz is “not even able to really do much on the floor yet.” He goes on to say that the shoulder injury is “pretty significant” and that it would be difficult for him to return this season.
Fultz has not played since November 19 against the Suns.