Before the season started the 76ers traded for a franchise big man. Could the team be in the market for another big body?
The Philadelphia 76ers are rumored to be interested in Toronto Raptors forward -- and former No. 1 overall pick -- Andrea Bargnani in a swap for Spencer Hawes, per Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio. The Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats have also expressed interest in the Italian forward.
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Bargnani has fallen out of favor in Toronto, but is still owed roughly $22 million after this season. His scoring numbers have dipped to 14.8 points per game -- his lowest since the 2007-08 season -- below his 15.4 point career mark. Of bigger concern is his shooting percentages that have dipped to 40.9 percent -- well below his career numbers of 43 percent.
Another area of concern is that the seven-footer does not rebound well, either. Bargnani averages just 4.9 rebounds during his career and those numbers are down to 3.9 boards this season. Perhaps a change of scenery would be good for Bargnani because the money is not matching the production in Toronto.
Hawes is owed an additional $6.5 million for the 2013-14 season and is averaging 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds this season for the 76ers.