7 Players who might replace DeMar DeRozan before the trade deadline

The Bulls will shop DeMar DeRozan before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
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5. Marcus Morris Sr.

The 76ers want a third star to pair with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. They traded James Harden for draft capital in hopes of flipping it for a marquee name before the deadline. Philadelphia is a bit light on ball-handling and playmaking. DeRozan offers it with size to defend multiple positions.

The Sixers have their eyes on title contention and keeping cap space open for the summer of 2024. DeRozan improves their odds of winning now and allows them to explore the free-agent market in the offseason. Philly could re-sign him or try to land an upgrade. The 76ers would have options in the summer and enough talent to win the Eastern Conference this season.

Their package for DeRozan would be centered on draft capital. They would likely part with multiple picks and expiring salaries. Marcus Morris Sr. is making $17.1 million this season and pairing him with Robert Covington or Nicolas Batum’s contract is enough to land DeRozan. Both sides prefer this route as it allows them to further their individual goals.

Marcus Morris Sr. would depart in free agency if not before. The rebuilding Bulls would have zero use for the 34-year-old veteran as they enter a rebuild. Getting an expiring contract helps them maintain flexibility moving forward, so this trade could become a win-win.