Grade the Mock Trade: 76ers rebuild, send Joel Embiid to the Knicks

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76ers tear it down, trade Joel Embiid to the Knicks in this wild proposal

In this trade proposal by Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, the Philadelphia 76ers send superstar center Joel Embiid to the New York Knicks for a massive haul including guards RJ Barrett, Quentin Grimes, and Immanuel Quickley, big man Mitchell Robinson, New York’s own first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, a 2024 first-rounder from Washington which will be top-12 protected, and a 2025 first-round selection from Milwaukee which will be top-four protected.

Embiid, undeniably a top-five player in the NBA, will instantly become the center of gravity for New York. While the Knicks already have a squad capable of making a lot of noise in the playoffs, they are still need an infusion of star power to truly be in the discussion among legitimate championship contenders in the league.

On the flip side, the 76ers get a squadron of young players from the Knicks in addition to four first-rounders, two of those are unprotected, to spearhead a projected rebuild that could once again deliberately leave the franchise at the nadir of the NBA.

Ultimately, how does this trade grade out for Philadelphia? Let’s zoom in a little bit more.