Grade the Trade: 76ers swap All-Stars in this three-team blockbuster

Joel Embiid, James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers - Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Joel Embiid, James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers - Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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With the offseason starting to fade into its closing moments, the Philadelphia 76ers remain seated as one of the teams with the most lackluster summers so far. Aside from dealing with the delimiting James Harden situation, the front office hasn’t done much to move the needle for the team and improve in the upcoming season after yet another dispiriting postseason exit, at least on paper.

At this rate, even another MVP-worthy season from Joel Embiid may not be enough to catapult them into an inarguable position to contend for a championship. If so, the current uncertainty the franchise finds itself in may eventually culminate into a full-blown turmoil. Certainly, the entirety of Philadelphia would hate to go through another lengthy process.

The Philadelphia 76ers have to be more proactive heading to the regular season

The longer the Harden saga drags on, the less leeway the 76ers have in composing the roster heading into the regular season, which is only a tad more than a couple of months away. And with the former MVP’s camp already firm as a stone on his trade request, the front office should be more proactive instead of staying passive and waiting for offers to reach their benchmark, which has been repeatedly described as too lofty.

Philly’s brass has limited options at this juncture in their quest to finally settle in and reach a conclusion with Harden, but this three-team blockbuster trade proposal could give what the 76ers exactly what they need as they attempt to bolster their title bid next season.