10 Way-too-early 2024 trade deadline candidates 76ers should monitor

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9. Dorian Finney-Smith

The Nets have a logjam on the wing if Ben Simmons can return to form this season. Mikal Bridges is the team’s best player and Cameron Johnson just signed a four-year $94.5 million contract this summer. Brooklyn also has Royce O’Neale and Finney-Smith as proven starting-caliber wings to try to fit into their rotation. Is Simmons healthy and able to play significant minutes?

If not, the Nets can make it work. Someone will get 25 minutes per game, instead of 30, but everyone will play significant minutes. Counting on Simmons isn’t easy after the last two years, but the three-time All-Star is only 27 years old and could be a force if he can regain his confidence.

If Simmons struggles, the Nets will likely be out of the playoff race and could be sellers at the deadline. Royce O’Neale is in the final year of his contract, and Dorian Finney-Smith is a 3-and-D wing that every team desires. Both could be on the block and bring back multiple draft picks if Brooklyn goes that route.

The Philadelphia 76ers need floor spacing and defense around Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. Dorian Finney-Smith is comfortable spotting up and can guard virtually every player on the floor. He may not be a lockdown defender, but he would give the Sixers a boost on both ends of the floor.