NBA Trades: 76ers add 2 stars in this proposed deal with Raptors and Bulls

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NBA Trades: Would the Philadelphia 76ers agree to the deal?

With the Sixers having traded Harden for expiring contracts and picks, this hypothetical would give them some much-needed help. A lineup consisting of Tyrese Maxey, Shake Milton, DeMar DeRozan, Pascal Siakam, and, of course, Embiid would be a major talent upgrade for the Sixers. Though it would remain to be seen how that lineup could fit together.

To make that deal happen, they would swap Nic Batum, Marcus Morris, and a first-round pick received from the Clippers for DeRozan, who is still a terrific scorer and passer, even at 34.

Add in that the Sixers would be trading Harris, a 2028 first-round pick from the Clippers and a 2029 top-8 protected first for Siakam and they would suddenly have plenty of help around Embiid. It is also worth noting that Sixers head coach Nick Nurse coached both DeRozan and Siakam in Toronto, which could ease some of the fit concerns. But will the Sixers agree to the trade?

As far as returns go, this would actually be a great one for them. Swapping the assets received from the Harden deal for DeRozan and Siakam would make plenty of sense.

Also, considering that the Sixers are expecting to be a cap space team next summer, trading for two stars on expiring contracts would keep them from having to pursue them. Instead, they could sign them to extensions or use their bird rights to re-sign them. Thus, the Sixers will likely agree to this trade.