Amid the league-shaking news of Milwaukee trading for Damian Lillard, the market quickly riveted up for the fate of Jrue Holiday, whom Portland is already making available for trade. The Philadelphia 76ers, one of the expected suitors for the ALl-Star guard, have a compelling case, though outbidding the others will definitely not be easy.
The Trail Blazers would unquestionably bank on the robust market for him to demand more from his suitors to the point that an overpay would, quite frankly, be the benchmark. The 76ers have the pieces to entice Portland if their front office’s reported asking price is near the actual one, but landing him would still resolve a lot of Philly’s problems approaching the 2023-24 season.
What could happen if the 76ers miss out on Jrue Holiday?
With Philadelphia non interested in parting with Tyrese maxey for virtually any cause, the team would have to bank on a three-team trade framework which would involve Portland re-routing James Harden and receiving draft capital and more from the 76ers. Problem is, what the Sixers can offer in that regard will not be complex to surpass.
In fact, one analyst bared a nightmare scenario that could sink the 76ers amid the bidding war for Holiday.
Boston, which lost Marcus Smart in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, will be a key player in the Holiday sweepstakes. The Celtics front office can offer an unhappy Malcolm Brogdon and draft picks to the Blazers which then re-routed the veteran guard to the LA Clippers, which have been on the lookout for a playmaker over the last four years.
The 76ers better hope for that scenario to not come to fruition. After all, not only will it make another rival team ridiculously stacked, but it would also be a death knell to the team’s desperate plans to trade James Harden. After all, the Clippers are the only team so far who has had material interest on the former MVP.
As usual, the Jrue Holiday bidding war will be another narrative to watch out for as it carries more implications for the Philadelphia 76ers with the season almost underway.