Should the 76ers move on from James Harden for Tyler Herro?
Let’s get this out of the way — James Harden has already played his last game for Philadelphia in May and barring a drastic turn of events, that’s not about to change anytime soon. The 76ers, despite clearly having the leverage due to the former MVP’s contractual set-up, shall and will definitely try to extract as much assets as they possibly can in return.
Sure, a switcheroo between Herro, Martin, Covington, and two future second-rounders for the league’s best playmaker in Harden and a coveted role player like Tucker is an immediate step back for Philly’s ambitions next season. However, it is undeniably a tremendous step forward in sustainability while still giving Embiid and co. the necessary pieces to compete now.
Interspersed in the Damian Lillard sweepstakes, Portland’s dissatisfaction with Herro as the central piece as a return has macerated his perception around the league. Make no mistake though — Herro, when healthy, is a bona fide and efficient three-level scorer with some playmaking chops to boot. His only real weaknesses are availability and his exploitable defense.
Martin, on the other hand, is essentially a younger and less robust PJ Tucker but with the same defensive intensity, better all-around game, and much more gas left in the tank. Covington is also a welcome addition as an experienced veteran who can provide stability and switchability for the 76ers on the defensive end.
Rounded out, this incoming return should be alluring for the 76ers in the long run.