76ers: One Joel Embiid trade for every team ranked least to most likely: 13. Boston Celtics
One look at this deal, and one might wonder, “Why is this so far down the list?” This would be a great haul for the Philadelphia 76ers, as they would get their next franchise superstar in Jaylen Brown.
All in all, Philadelphia might even be able to remain in contention to a degree. Getting Malcolm Brogdon in the trade, too, would help their guard depth, so they would just have to worry about signing a new big man.
Add in the fact that Philadelphia would get Payton Pritchard, two firsts, and two swaps, and some fans might be ready to sign up (if Joel Embiid actually requests a trade).
The reason this trade is ranked so low, however, is because the Boston Celtics wouldn’t do it. They have no reason to.
At the time of writing this, the Celtics are in the Eastern Conference finals for the third time in four years, with a chance to make their second NBA Finals appearance in a row.
Trading Brown and messing up the team’s chemistry just doesn’t make sense, especially considering they would be giving up extra draft capital in this deal.
Unless Brown makes it clear that he doesn’t want to re-sign, the Celtics likely wouldn’t want to make a deal like this.