Sixers keen on Kapono

The Philadelphia 76ers have shored up a weak spot with the acquisiton of sharpshooter Jason Kapono.

The Philadelphia 76ers have shored up a weak spot with the acquisition of three-point specialist Jason Kapono.

Kapono, 28, was acquired Tuesday from the Toronto Raptors in return for forward Reggie Evans.

Both players must pass a physical for the trade to be finalized.

Kapono, a two-time winner of the three-point shooting competition held on all-star weekend, solves a major problem for the Sixers, who ranked last in the NBA with a 31.8 per cent shooting percentage from the perimeter. 

"We have been sorely missing a player like this," Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski told reporters Wednesday. "He gives us a threat out there, and you have to respect him."

Kapono and former guard Steve Kerr, currently the GM of the Phoenix Suns, share the highest shooting percentage from three-point range (.454) in NBA history.

Kapono averaged 8.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 22.9 minutes in 80 appearances (12 starts) for the Raptors this season, and shot 42.8 per cent from beyond the arc.

"Elton [Brand] texted me," Stefanski said. "He is very happy to get him.

"Andre [Iguodala] is very happy. He feels it will clear lanes for him."

Kapono is a career 44.7 per cent shooter as a pro, averaging 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 19.2 minutes in 401 games (73 starts) over six NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat and Raptors.

With files from The Associated Press