With the upcoming trade deadline, it seems as if the Philadelphia 76ers are destined to make a move.
It’s officially NBA trade season, and we are expecting a high volume of WojBombs and Shams tweets within the next few days.
During this time, teams around the league are the most active, as it is their last chance to improve their roster until the summer. The Philadelphia 76ers, along with all 29 teams, will be sure to be in the mix.
When you think of the Philadelphia 76ers’ needs, you immediately think of their lack of depth. Outside of Landry Shamet, there is no real consistent bench player. That’s a problem that should be addressed sooner rather than later.
So what should you possibly expect in the near future? The Athletic’s Shams Charania previously reported that the Sixers are in the market for a backup center and a defensive wing. Corey Brewer could help fill the need at wing, but it’s unlikely he’s the best/only solution.
It’s possible that the Sixers will be able to address both issues, via the trade market. Let’s bring up our inner-GMs, and cook up some possible trades that can come into form.
Trade #1 w/ Detroit Pistons
76ers Receive – Reggie Bullock
Pistons Receive – Furkan Korkmaz, 2019 Bulls 2nd-Round Pick
One of the more straight forward trades is this swap. It makes sense on a lot of levels. Reggie Bullock is in the last year of his current contract, and has developed into a quality 3&D player. These types of players are valued heavily in the NBA, so there is a likely chance he will get paid pretty well this summer. Resigning with a mediocre Detroit team most likely won’t be appealing to the upcoming free agent.
The Pistons can gain a decent asset in the Bulls’ 2nd-round pick, which will end up being in the low 30s of the draft. Furkan Korkmaz is a nice short-term piece for Detroit, as he brings floor spacing and perimeter shooting to a team built around Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.
Trade #2 w/ New Orleans Pelicans
76ers Receive – E’twaun Moore
Pelicans Receive – Mike Muscala, 2019 Bulls 2nd-Round Pick, 2019 Kings 2nd-Round Pick
With major news breaking that Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, the franchise will likely go back into a rebuilding mode. While trading with the Pelicans for a player not named Anthony Davis might seem boring, E’twaun Moore is a solid NBA player. Moore brings 40+ percent three-point shooting and switch-ablility on defense. Ranging from point guard to small forward, Moore can bring versatility that the Sixers lack.
New Orleans could gain two solid 2nd-round picks from this trade to help jumpstart their inevitable rebuild. Muscala is an expiring contract, which would help their salary books going forward.
Trade #3 w/ Atlanta Hawks
76ers Receive – Taurean Prince, Dewayne Dedmon
Hawks Receive – Wilson Chandler, Furkan Korkmaz, Lottery protected 2019 Sixers 1st-Round Pick
The Atlanta Hawks are a team that the Sixers should be monitoring closely, as they are a rebuilding team with assests to trade. In this trade, the Sixers would get both of the two players they are trying to acquire. Prince is a perfect young 3&D player that could immediately help the Sixers on both ends of the floor. There is a chance that the Hawks want to move on from Prince, as he was drafted by the old front office in Atlanta. Dedmon has proven to be a great two-way stretch big and is on an expiring deal. On the Sixers, he could help protect the basket while Embiid is off the floor.
While both of these players may be worth more, this deal does make sense for Atlanta. Wilson Chandler is a good locker room vet for their younger players and is an expiring contract. For a rebuilding team, keeping salary free is a focal point. Atlanta has shown a love for shooters (such as Young and Huerter) and would likely love to take a flier on Furkan Korkmaz. Even if these two players don’t stick around long-term, they would pick up a late first rounder in a deep 2019 draft.
Trade #4 w/ Memphis Grizzlies
76ers receive – Garrett Temple, JaMychal Green
Grizzlies receive – Wilson Chandler, TJ McConnell, Bulls 2019 2nd-Round Pick
Recently, the Grizzlies decided that it is time to move on from their franchise cornerstones in Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, likely leading into a rebuild phase. While trading for either one of those players is unlikely, they do have a good amount of “win-now” talent on the roster. Garrett Temple is a great stand-still shooter and is one of the more underrated defensive players in the NBA. JaMychal Green is an athletic stretch four that could bring some size for the Sixers.
In this deal, the Grizzlies would pick up expiring Wilson Chandler. Chandler is a decent piece, but the Grizzlies could recieve a point guard perfect for their team’s history in TJ McConnell. McConnell, who is one of the biggest hustle players in the NBA, would be a perfect fit for the Grizzlies. While he isn’t your franchise point guard, he could have a long future with the franchise if they decided to trade for him. In this deal, they would also receive the aforementioned 2nd round Bulls pick, allowing them to gain a draft asset for some expiring deals.
Trade #5 w/ Orlando Magic
76ers Receive – Jonathon Simmons
Magic Receive – TJ McConnell, Trade exception (via Dario Saric), Cash Considerations, Bulls 2019 2nd-Round Pick
In our final trade, we have a player that isn’t talked about enough in Jonathon Simmons. Simmons has turned out to be a great multi-purpose defender and would fit very well with the Sixers. While he’s a streaky shooter, he can knock down shots and demands some level of respect from teams. Even if he didn’t work out with the Sixers, the team could simply waive him after this season and only owe $2 million of his $6 million dollar salary next season.
The Magic have lacked a decent point guard since Elfrid Payton (and that might even be a stretch), and would receive one in TJ McConnell. If that wasn’t enough, they would also receive a 2nd rounder for value. Cash considerations and a trade exception are included in this deal to make it work, in terms of salary
You can see a trend in the mock trades listed above. The Sixers are receiving a wing defender and/or a center in the deals. While they should avoid trading a first rounder away, it is possible they do so if the deal is good enough.
Expect the Bulls 2nd-round draft pick to be a main asset in a deal, as it is as valuable as a 2nd-rounder gets. Even if the Sixers trade it away, they will still have their own first round pick in the late first round.
Furkan Korkmaz is a player that shouldn’t be on the roster after the trade deadline, as they declined his option and he will be moving on.
As time goes on expect rumors to increase and deals to happen. This is Elton Brand’s first real opportunity to show what he can do, and it is in the team’s best interest to make some noise.