If the Philadelphia 76ers want to swing for the fences, here are some options.
The Philadelphia 76ers are 18-7, 13-0 at home, and have arguably the most thoroughly dominant starting five in basketball — and that’s with more than a few kinks to iron out. The Sixers are a good team, and it’s far too early to discount a potential championship run.
As the Sixers continue to operate in win-now mode, Elton Brand and Co. will inevitably search the trade market for potential upgrades. Philadelphia is light on trade assets at the moment, but a slew of picks and Mike Scott‘s plump mid-level exception might be enough to start a fire.
The Sixers don’t need a trade to contend, but a bench upgrade would certainly help. Improvement and all, Philadelphia still has a comparatively weak bench when put up against other contenders. It’s the nature of spending so much on the starting five.
As things stand, James Ennis, Matisse Thybulle, and Scott are the only players locked into a theoretical Brett Brown playoff rotation, if I had to guess. Raul Neto and Trey Burke can play situational roles, but Neto continues to produce unevenly and Burke is the team’s biggest defensive liability. Furkan Korkmaz isn’t the best defender either.
Any trade that requires significant salary maneuvering will gut the end of the Sixers’ bench — there’s no other way to match salaries for a player making in the $10+ million range. There’s always an opportunity to bring in a third team, however, and picks can serve as a balancing force.
For these potential trade targets, I will provide the name and the rationale. I won’t break out the trade machine — perhaps we can save that for later, if any smoke breaches the horizon.