The Philadelphia 76ers are enjoying a surprisingly strong start to the 2023–24 season, particularly after trading star James Harden. The Harden deal, while failing to net them another star, gave them valuable assets that could be used in a trade or trades to improve their roster around Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.
However, one of their rumored trade targets may prove harder to acquire than first thought. According to Hoops Hype's Mike Scotto, the Detroit Pistons turned down multiple first-round picks for sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic last season.
The Sixers have been linked to Bogdanovic, but the Pistons turning down two first-round picks in exchange for him suggests that he may be out of the Sixers' price range. In theory, they could scrounge together at least two firsts and a pick swap to entice the Pistons, but for that price, the Sixers may be better off looking elsewhere.
Who else could the Sixers pursue ahead of the trade deadline?
With Bogdanovic possibly being too expensive to trade for, the Sixers may instead turn their sights to the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have both Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby, and both could be available.
Siakam would give the Sixers a third star to pair with Embiid and Maxey, and they would be in a good position to extend him or re-sign him to prevent him from leaving in free agency next summer. The same could be said for Anunoby, who is a high-level role player known for his hounding defense.
Either would be a great fit and more worth the possible asking price that the Pistons are seeking for Bogdanovic.
All in all, the Sixers may need to change course if the Pistons are still seeking a big return for Bogdanovic. Fortunately, with the returns from the Harden trade, they have the flexibility to pursue other options to bolster their title chances.