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Report: Philadelphia 76ers eyeing Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton

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In an effort to stay ahead of the Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly looking at Denver Nuggets swingman Will Barton as a possible acquisition.

Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report indicated that Barton is one of a number of trade considerations for the 76ers, who are clinging to a slim half-game lead over the Nets for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

“Based on conversations with sources close to the team, they are not content with their current roster,” Dumas wrote. “A source tells B/R the team has inquired about the availability of Will Barton, P.J. Tucker, Delon Wright and George Hill.”

The 30-year-old Barton is in his ninth season in the NBA and has been with the Nuggets since February 2015, when he was dealt by his original team, the Portland Trail Blazers.

For the 2020-21 campaign, Barton is averaging 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, starting in 29 of the 33 games he’s played for the Nuggets this season.

Barton is currently making $13.7 million for the 2020-21 campaign and has a player option for $14.7 million next year.

The battle between the Sixers and Nets for the top spot in the Eastern Conference is a furious one, with the Nets having added James Harden in January and Blake Griffin earlier this week.

The NBA trade deadline is March 25, two weeks from Thursday.

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