Philadelphia 76ers: 3 potential trade targets at power forward 2020

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Danilo Gallinari (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Danilo Gallinari (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Danilo Gallinari

According to Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer, the Sixers are part of a group of teams interested in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s power forward Danilo Gallinari. To be honest, he’d be an ideal power forward for the 76ers.

He’s a 6-foot-10 forward that can attack off the dribble, stretch the floor at a high volume and has some playmaking skills. This season, the 31-year-old Italian is averaging 19.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while making 41.0 percent of his 7.4 3-point attempts.

In reality he’s a very similar player to former teammate and current 76ers small forward Harris, except he’s a much better and a more willing 3-point shooter. Gallinari’s also making around $22.6 million this season, but will be entering free agency this summer.

There’s some risk with acquiring him comes with risk, but Sixers general manager Elton Brand dealt with that last season when he traded for both Jimmy Butler and Harris. Beside the risk of him leaving this summer, the other part of adding Gallinari would mean the 76ers would have to break up their core starting five.

Most likely, any trade involving Gallinari would involve a third team. Below is a potential trade that could get Philly a power forward that would fix their spacing issues on offense.

*Not include in graphic is the follow picks: Thunder receive 2020 first round pick, via the Oklahoma City, 2020 second round pick, via the Atlanta Hawks and 2021 second round pick, via New York Knicks. Mavericks receive 2020 second round pick, via Dallas.

There’s no sugarcoating it, in order to acquire Gallinari the Sixers will have to give up a lot. Besides Gallinari being a very good player, the Thunder are currently the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff race. That means if they are trading away Gallinari, then their chances of making the playoffs become very slim.

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The long term outlook of the Thunder is that they will be a rebuilding team for a couple of seasons. Still, their success this year shouldn’t be taken for granted. Trading away Gallinari diminishes their chance for sustaining that success for the rest of this season.

Giving up two young prospects in Zhaire Smith and Bolden is necessary, along with Thunder’s protected first round pick for this draft and two valuable second round picks from the Atlanta Hawks in 2020 and the New York Knicks in 2021. Both picks will probably be near the beginning of the second round in their respective drafts, so their just as valuable as late first round picks.

Besides the haul that the 76ers are giving Oklahoma City, the Thunder will also get another dynamic wing scorer in Tim Hardaway Jr. In today’s NBA, a team can never have enough good perimeter players. A positive about Hardaway Jr. is that after next season, he will come off of the Thunder’s salary cap. Another thing to consider is that they could flip Hardaway Jr., along with a pick or two from their treasure trove of draft selections, into another player at a position of need.

The Mavericks get the ideal center to pair with Kristaps Porzingis in Al Horford. Unlike Embiid, Porzingis does most of his damage on the perimeter so the potential pairing of Horford and Porzingis should prove better than Horford’s current pairing with Embiid.

Abdel Nader and the return of their own second round pick, along with the addition of Hoford should be more than enough for Dallas to part with both Hardaway Jr. and Seth Curry. Curry gives Philly another high volume shooter as he’s converting 41.4 percent of his 4.7 3-point attempts. He’s the type of floor spacer that they need for a playoff run.

Adding both Curry and Gallinari makes this potential trade worth it for Philly. The addition of both would solve almost all of the Sixers spacing issues moving forward.

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The Philadelphia 76ers can either go small or big trade when it comes to the trade market at the power forward position.