If the Philadelphia 76ers opt to trade Al Horford, here’s where they could look
It’s no secret that the Philadelphia 76ers have an unbalanced roster this year. The main reason for it is that general manager Elton Brand decided to sign veteran center Al Horford last offseason. If the Sixers fail in the postseason due to big man’s poor fit with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, then it’s fair to assume the franchise will try to move Horford .
While the idea of returning the amnesty clause is an option, the 76ers should be looking to trade Horford before considering that if that option becomes available. There are at least five teams that could make sense as a potential landing spot and should be willing to give back value in return.
All potential trades in this article have been processed on TradeNBA, so there shouldn’t be any issues financially with these hypothetical deals.
Sixers Al Horford trade destinations: Warriors
Early this month, I hinted in an episode of The Sixer Sense Podcast that the Golden State Warriors could be one potential landing spot for Horford and I still hold to that notion. Horford going to the Warriors could make them a favorite in the Western Conference again.
Horford can stretch the floor enough and be a secondary playmaker next to Draymond Green. Horford can perform dribble handoffs and pick-and-pops/rolls with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He would provide steady defense while unlocking a new aspect of the Warriors offense.
The potential trade that would send Horford to the Warriors is pretty simple.
The Sixers get Andrew Wiggins and the Warriors get Horford along with a 2020 second round pick via the Atlanta Hawks. Depending on your view of Wiggins, this trade could be viewed as a steal or a gross overpay.
Wiggins has been considered a bust despite averaging nearly 20 points per game for his career. He’s not a good outside shooter and not always the most driven player, but the talent is there and he’s shown legit flashes.
Having him as a third or fourth on offense for the 76ers should help him with the burden of expectation. Wiggins is a much better fit offensively and defensively than Horford is and that’s why this could work in Philly’s favor.