Grade the Trade: 76ers get Joel Embiid a brand new running mate

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Not to sound like a broken record, but considering all that has been said at this juncture, the trade hammer actually evading the Philadelphia 76ers in the waning moments of the offseason will be quite the surprise. From the immovable James Harden saga to the idle Damian Lillard sweepstakes, the team should remain at the core of newsstands moving forward.

That being said, the 76ers brass should be more calculated than ever before as the franchise will be met by some degree of uncertainty heading into the upcoming season. Following yet another disappointing finish to the postseason, the team should feel a stronger sense of urgency for the results to match the process.

Bank on the Philadelphia 76ers making a trade sooner than later

Joel Embiid signaling some openness to moving elsewhere — no matter how faint — should undoubtedly imbue a stern level of imperativeness for the franchise across the board. Hence, how the front office handles the roster for the foreseeable future could very well determine how long the reigning MVP decides to stick with the only franchise he’s ever known since stepping foot in the NBA.

And to aid that cause, Philadelphia should not waste another year and maximize Embiid stirring the ship while he’s still at the peak of his powers. Without further ado, here is one trade proposal that can help bring the Sixers to their goal of snapping their 40-year title drought.