1. 76ers get a cash offer for Joel Embiid
If the Knicks want Embiid, they should be prepared to go all-in. Daryl Morey will ask for the largest return in NBA history for the reigning MVP, and waiting is no issue. Once he sets a price in his mind, there is no going below it. Morey will hold out until someone matches it.
The Knicks do not want to give up R.J. Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and Quentin Grimes in the same package, but that will be the price for the reigning MVP. Morey will ask for the maximum draft capital too to complete the deal.
Does New York say no? The Thunder have more draft capital and plenty of intriguing young players to put into the deal. Embiid’s relationships with the Rockets and Heat could give them leverage. This is the Knicks’ chance, and they cannot afford to let it slip away.
76ers grade: A+
The Philadelphia 76ers are not getting a better offer unless someone throws a superstar into their package. Daryl Morey has five first-round picks to rebuild the roster, plus four rotation-ready pieces right now. The Knicks would lack depth, but their starting five would be among the best in the NBA. This deal allows Philly to turn things around quickly without enduring another “Process”.
Will Joel Embiid request a trade? Would the Philadelphia 76ers deal him to the New York Knicks? Anything is possible, given the current drama, so stay tuned for the latest.