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Sixers Trade Deadline Rumor Tracker

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    Sixers Trade Deadline Rumor Tracker
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    Sixers trade deadline rumor tracker

    Updated: 12:15 p.m.

    There's a parade in town today, in case you hadn't heard.

    But it's also the NBA trade deadline, and the Sixers could very well make a move for an additional scorer (see story).

    Keep it locked here throughout the day for Sixers updates ahead of the 3 p.m. deadline:

    Hesitant to move a first
    Tyreke Evans has been connected to the Sixers over the last week, but the all-knowing Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported early Thursday morning that so far, the Sixers, Celtics and Nuggets have resisted parting with a first-round pick for the Grizzlies guard.

    "Boston, Denver and Philadelphia have resisted offers beyond either a young player or second-rounder," Woj tweeted. "First-rounders have never been gripped so tightly."

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Richaun Holmes could fall under that "young player" category. TLC isn't a necessity on this team, and Holmes has played eight games since Christmas, yet both have enough promise to intrigue another team.

    Cavs-Lakers trade affects LeBron
    The Sixers are one of only a few NBA teams with cap space this summer and squads like the Bulls and Hawks won't be signing stars. So there's a dream Sixers fans have of LeBron James coming to Philly.

    Well, today's Cavs-Lakers trade makes that more difficult. Cleveland has traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and its own first-round pick to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., per Woj.

    The move improves Cleveland defensively, but the real story here is that it gives the Lakers cap space this summer because of the expiring contract element. The Lakers will now have enough cap space to sign two players to max contracts this summer.

    So L.A. would become another suitor for LeBron, but also keep in mind that the Cavs' giving L.A. this cap room probably means they know LeBron isn't going there. Cleveland might be showing its hand here, making the assumption that LeBron will stay.

    Update: The Cavs weren't done. About an hour later, they acquired George Hill from the Kings and Rodney Hood from the Jazz in a three-team deal. Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose are headed to Utah in the deal, while Joe Johnson goes to Sacramento.

    And minutes after that, the Cavs traded Dwyane Wade back to Miami for a heavily-protected second-round pick.

    Keep an eye on the seconds
    The Sixers currently have four second-round picks in the 2018 NBA draft: 37, 42, 47 and 59.

    If the Sixers want someone like Marco Belinelli of the Hawks, it might take two second-round picks. That, after all, is the price the Hawks themselves paid last year to acquire Ersan Ilyasova from the Sixers. Ilyasova and Belinelli have similar values.

    Hawks players
    Aside from Belinelli, the Sixers also reportedly have interest in Atlanta center Dewayne Dedmon, whose value has never been higher.

    Dedmon, 28, is having a career year for the Hawks, averaging 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.7 blocks. He's shot 56.4 percent from the field, but what sticks out the most is his added floor spacing. Dedmon attempted one three-pointer in his first four NBA seasons. This year, he's averaging 0.7 makes on 1.7 attempts per game, shooting 39.3 percent from deep.

    If the Sixers pony up, they could even acquire both Belinelli and Dedmon from the Hawks. They might even be able to get that done with a package of TLC and a couple second-round picks. Belinelli is a free agent at season's end, while Dedmon is on the books for one more year at $6.3 million.