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Philadelphia 76ers: The peculiar case of Mike Scott's future

The least heralded member of the Philadelphia 76ers ‘ deadline-skirting trade with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2019, Scott parlayed 37 games of plus-play coming off the bench into a brand new two-year, $9.8 million contract that would keep him in the City of Brotherly Love through the 2021 season.

Despite playing on the most lucrative contract of his career, Scott’s statistical performance dipped across the board from its 2018-19 highwater mark, with the 31-year-old all but falling out of Brett Brown ‘s playoff rotation.

Had Brown been retained for his eighth season in South Philly, Scott’s bags would all but certainly already be packed, as he’s one of the rare players on a cash-strapped roster who can be traded for a non-vet minimum asset, but there’s an $8 million man who has something else to say on the matter.

After trading away Scott, Tobias Harris , and Boban Marjanovic not 18 months prior, Doc Rivers has been reunited with his former wards in the City of Brotherly Love, with the unfortunate task of having to get the most out of a team clearly trending in the wrong direction.

Granted, Rivers and his GM Lawrence Frank also traded away Harris, arguably the team’s best player for Landry Shamet and future assets, so maybe the Clippers really were planning to pack it in and prepare for an offseason facelift?

Then again, Scott’s cap hit is sizeable enough that the Sixers could trade his contract alongside Zhaire Smith for a player like Lou Williams – assuming whomever takes over for Rivers in LA values heavy draft compensation over a 6-foot-1 walking bucket.

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