Grade the Trade: 76ers get unexpected proposed package for James Harden

James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers - Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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Joel Embiid, Spencer Dinwiddie – Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

Should the 76ers pull the trigger on this proposed trade?

With the Philadelphian 76ers having the reigning MVP in Joel Embiid and a budding star in Tyrese Maxey (who is currently untouchable in trades), the team should already feel secured having those two spearhead the attack next season. After all, chasing that third star at the expense of depth has, more often that, been proven to be a recipe for an easier collapse.

With Dinwiddie, Finney-Smith, and Thomas, the Sixers can enjoy the services of three legitimate NBA rotation players who can fit actual team needs as currently configured.

Dinwiddie is a combo guard who can tenably handle the rock for long durations and is quite reliable as a tertiary scorer with the starters or as the lead option off the bench. Finney-Smith is a rangy and solid defender who can capably guard all positions while adding a low-usage offensive presence in the form of reliable spot-up shooting. In addition, his presence could make both Tobias Harris and PJ Tucker even more expendable.

Thomas is the more wild card of the three, but also arguably possesses the highest ceiling in this troika. While still yet to carve out a consistent role, he has shown more than sufficient capability as a three-level scorer who can score in bunches when needed.

Add in a first-rounder to this package, and the Sixers are suddenly more equipped to still compete now while fortifying their immediate future. For these reasons, there’s really minimal risk in pulling the trigger.