Grade the Trade: 76ers get new young star in this four-team blockbuster

Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrese Maxey (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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From James Harden remaining firm on finding a new home to Joel Embiid dishing out a worrisome statement about his future with the franchise, the Philadelphia 76ers continue to be at the crux of the rumor mill. Whether either of those scenarios materialize remains to be seen, but what’s becoming clear is that the front office has to be mindful of what the future holds for the team more than ever before.

As things currently stand, Philadelphia has a rather thin group of young prospects with Tyrese Maxey leading the way. While that’s typically the case for teams doubling down on winning now, the Sixers’ recent bumps is beginning to make investing for the future a necessary endeavor.

The Philadelphia 76ers have to start investing for the future

Snagging young and potentially foundational pieces is no easy task for any front office, especially with more teams now protective of their young cores as a safeguard to the influx of player movement in the league recently. The latter is already impending for the 76ers, and to rid themselves of the threat of enduring another lengthy process, securing the team beyond its current timeline should be a focal point moving forward.

With that taken into account, let’s examine one trade proposal that could net the franchise a young piece to build on as they capitalize on the waning tenure of one of their top players who’s garnering some interest on the market.