76ers: One Joel Embiid trade for every team ranked least to most likely: 22. Charlotte Hornets
Just like the Detroit Pistons package, this one just isn’t enough to get the job done. That’s just the harsh reality of what the Charlotte Hornets are working with right now.
Unless they decide to give up LaMelo Ball, which they absolutely will not do, then they won’t have enough to make a Joel Embiid trade worthwhile for the Philadelphia 76ers.
First and foremost, the 76ers wouldn’t want Gordon Hayward. His contract would just need to be in a trade to make the money work.
Beyond that, the Hornets don’t have much to offer the 76ers. PJ Washington is a restricted free agent this summer, they still need to figure out the Miles Bridges situation, and they almost certainly don’t want to give up the second-overall pick in the draft.
But even if we lived in a world where Michael Jordan was so desperate to compete that he’d be willing to trade the second pick for Embiid, that still probably wouldn’t be enough.
James Bouknight and Mark Williams are fine players with some potential, but neither can highlight an Embiid package, even alongside a Scoot Henderson or Brandon Miller.
Charlotte simply doesn’t have the assets to make a good enough offer, no matter how badly Jordan may want to see Embiid in teal.