3 potential 76ers trades involving Matisse Thybulle

Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers trade rumors, Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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76ers trade Matisse Thybulle to Bulls

A man can dream. The Sixers probably won’t swing a trade this impactful, but Alex Caruso has been floating around the rumor mill all season. A true culture-setter and one of the best defensive guards in the NBA, Caruso would drastically reshape and improve the Sixers’ second unit.

Caruso is hitting 40.0 percent of his 3s this season and he is master of the little things. He screens, cuts, processes the game quickly, and plays an eternally unselfish style of basketball. He works tirelessly to elevate teammates and to destroy opposing offenses.

Philly also swings Andre Drummond into the trade, a player quite popular among the fanbase. I will outright say that Paul Reed is probably better than Drummond in the playoffs, but the Sixers still refuse to show Reed the light of day and, with Caruso in the mix, you have to give something to get something. Drummond is a major upgrade over Montrezl Harrell and Doc Rivers would actually play him.

For Chicago, I’m not too keen to trade Caruso. That said, the Bulls are currently four games below .500 and 11th in the East. They’re approaching an inflection point, and any aspirations of contending this season have been wiped off the board. Thybulle is three years younger than Caruso and carries his own weight defensively. Reed injects youth into the frontcourt (and, maybe I’m just kidding myself, but he’s probably a straight-up improvement over Drummond), and Chicago gets three second-round picks for their trouble. And Danuel House Jr., who is theoretically a playable 3-and-D wing.

This is the type of swing Daryl Morey should make, even if he ultimately whiffs. Caruso is bound to be hotly pursued if he is indeed made available, and the Sixers might not have the assets to keep up. But, they should at least make their best effort.