76ers: One Joel Embiid trade for every team ranked least to most likely: 28. Denver Nuggets
This is actually a pretty great offer. Outside of the fact that the Denver Nuggets can only offer one first-rounder and two swaps, the Philadelphia 76ers would recoup some solid value.
Michael Porter Jr. looks like a stud, and at just 24 years old, he has plenty of room to grow. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is one of the best role players in the league. And Christian Braun and Peyton Watson are both solid rookies.
So, why is this deal so far down the list of potential trade options for Joel Embiid? Well, because the Nuggets would never do it.
At the time of writing this, the Nuggets are in the Western Conference finals, battling against the Los Angeles Lakers. They finished the year as the one seed in the West and have two-time MVP Nikola Jokic leading the way. Why would they mess with their current formula?
Not to mention, while the idea of Embiid and Jokic sharing a frontcourt may sound entertaining, there’s just no way it would work. At least, it wouldn’t work as well as some may think.
Denver shouldn’t want to mess up what they have going for them. So, while they may give the 76ers a courtesy call about Embiid, they probably wouldn’t even put a deal on the table.