Sixers should consider trading Matisse Thybulle

The Sixers have a lot of important decisions to make this offseason. What does James Harden’s next contract look like? Should Daryl Morey take another big swing, or focus on building out the supporting cast? And, at some point, we have to start questioning Matisse Thybulle‘s future with the team.

No player disappointed quite like Matisse Thybulle did in the playoffs. Not only did he miss pivotal games in the first round because of his decision to remain unvaccinated, but when he did play, he was consistently underwhelming. Toronto and Miami are two long, versatile defenses, and Thybulle simply could not survive on the offensive end.

The 25-year-old now enters the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, worth $4.37 million. That’s a palatable number for one of the best perimeter defenders in basketball, but Thybulle becomes a restricted free agent next summer. His ultimate payday will depend on his performance in 2022-23, but it’s fair to question whether or not the Sixers should pay a one-way player who does not complement the team’s stars.

It’s time for the Sixers to consider trading Matisse Thybulle

Thybulle can change the shape of games with his defense. No player in the NBA is so singularly disruptive. When locked in, Thybulle can smother opposing ball-handlers and completely close off passing lanes. He has real Defensive Player of the Year potential, which makes his complete inadequacy on the other end so maddening.


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