NBA Trades #7: Philadelphia 76ers
With Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden seemingly staying put for the time being, the Sixers may look to cash in their remaining assets to try and form a big three. Or perhaps they want to acquire a star to make it easier to move on from Harden. Either way, Siakam might be an option, particularly with new Raptors coach Nick Nurse now in Philadelphia.
Additionally, the Sixers have a massive expiring contract with Tobias Harris, allowing them to easily match salary with the Raptors. Matching salaries alone won’t cut it, and although Philadelphia has few young prospects, they do have some—but not many—picks to offer. Their best tradeable asset, aside from Tyrese Maxey, whom they aren’t going to trade, is an unprotected 2029 first-round pick.
With MVP Joel Embiid turning 30 next season, he’d be in his mid-30s by the time that draft selection comes due. That would likely mean that Toronto could receive a lottery pick for their best player. Add in a pick swap in 2028, and the 76ers might be able to put together a competitive offer. On the other hand, they would have more assets to offer up if and when Harden is moved, and a potential deal between the Sixers and Raptors could include a third team.