4. Explore the trade market for upgrades
The 76ers goal remains the same with or without James Harden. They want to advance beyond the second round of the playoffs for the first time since reaching the NBA Finals in 2001 and ultimately win the championship. Philadelphia has the reigning MVP and a talented roster behind him. They are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and should have their sights set on contending.
Joel Embiid and Paul Reed are the only two players under contract for the 2024-25 season. Daryl Morey and the front office want to keep their cap space open to improve their roster, but few marquee acquisitions come via free agency. The Sixers should be focused on maximizing their roster now and giving Embiid the best chance at winning it all.
Things can change quickly during training camp. Teams have to cut their rosters down before the start of the regular season, and talent certainly becomes available. The Philadelphia 76ers should look to capitalize. They are light on ball-handling and playmaking without the ten-time All-Star and should be looking to fill holes in their roster with players that fit new head coach Nick Nurse’s system.
Finding a trade for James Harden won’t be easy, but the entire organization should have a plan in place.