Do the Knicks have the ideal rebuild package for the Philadelphia 76ers?
Disclaimer: The premise is Joel Embiid wanting out of Philly.
Right now, the only clear-cut player the 76ers have who can double as a future-proofing piece is Tyrese Maxey, an uber-talented combo guard with still a long way to go before becoming a full-fledged, bona fide cornerstone of any degree.
If Embiid wants out, Philadelphia will be very just to demand a historic return package for his services. Still under contract for at least three more seasons, any attempt by a suitor to lowball the 76ers should be met by an attendant denial to never negotiate with them ever again regarding the reigning MVP.
Quantitatively, New York’s package is definitely not the worst. Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes have legitimate promise as high-level NBA contributors. RJ Barrett, while erratic, still has promise as a longtime starter in the league. Mitchell Robinson has been one of the most effective deterrents at the rim in recent years.
Sweetening the pot with two unprotected picks and two more protected first-rounders via other teams should be enough to give the 76ers an idea of what a future-oriented return for Embiid could look like.