Welcome back to The Sixer Sense Podcast with the first BIG NBA news in months, and it was huge! The Portland Trailblazers traded Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade including the Phoenix Suns. Dame immediately shifted the balance of power in the Eastern Conference and the Bucks were already among the Eastern Conference favorites. Who were the winners and losers in this trade? And how will this affect the rest of the teams in the East like the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and the Sixers?
Lucas Johnson and Jonathan Geib give their initial reactions to the Dame trade and discuss Portland’s decision to finally move on from the face of their franchise for the last decade. Did Portland make the right move? One of the most interesting pieces of this trade is Jrue Holiday was sent to the Trailblazers, however, they made it promptly known they were looking to trade him to continue their youth rebuild movement. Jonathan thinks wherever Jrue lands may have as big of an impact if not bigger than Dame going to Milwaukee. What do you think?
The Sixers are obviously impacted by the Dame trade since they directly compete with them, and they actually open the NBA season with their first game in Milwaukee versus the Bucks. As a direct threat in the Eastern Conference, where does this leave the Sixers? And could a reunion with an All-Star guard bridge the gap between the two teams?
The podcast closes out with a recent article written by Jonathan compiling the worst starters of the Joel Embiid era. Embiid was the centerpiece of Sam Hinkie’s Process and he played with a number of questionable starters during his early years in Philadelphia. Some of these players you may have forgotten were even in the league. Do you agree with this list?
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