The Philadelphia 76ers continue to listen to trade offers and explore the market for second-year guard Markelle Fultz, according to a report from Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Sixers were recently linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers as potential partners in a deal centered on Fultz. But the Cavs traded veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, tempering the buzz about the two teams.
While it is believed the Cavs still have an interest in Fultz, the Phoenix Suns have emerged as another possible suitor, per Pompey.
A guy such as Suns small forward Trevor Ariza, who signed a one-year free-agent deal, would the perfect fit with the Sixers as a solid shooter and defender," Pompey wrote. "If needed, he could play power forward in the Sixers system, as Wilson Chandler, another traditional small forward, is doing.
"Ariza, Butler, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid would form a stellar defensive quartet in the starting lineup to go with the sharpshooting JJ Redick. That would also enable the Sixers to bring Chandler off the bench."
Fultz was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in 2017.A mysterious shoulder injury and reported wrist issue have put the 6-foot-4 combo guard back on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, the Suns are in desperate need of a point guard. They just waived Isaiah Canaan, who had started 15 of their first 21 games at the position.
"The Suns had interest in Fultz leading up to last year's draft," Pompey wrote. "Their analytics people thought he had a huge upside, but they had huge concerns about his support system."