Grade the Trade: 76ers swap young guard for former first-round pick

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With the James Harden rumor mill almost extinguished at this point due to his lone suitor having punted, the Philadelphia 76ers can now look forward to their kick-off contest as they seek to commence the 2023-24 season on a high note even without their disgruntled star player.

The 76ers now have a full roster of 15 standard players and three two-way cogs. Any change to the roster is unlikely at this point, as the team will be best served examining the roster later on to truly gauge actual needs before returning to the transaction sphere.

The Philadelphia 76ers are ready to go for opening night

As constructed, Philadelphia is well-equipped ahead of its daunting season-opener against the retooled Milwaukee Bucks. Still, that shouldn’t preclude the 76ers front office from making improvements to the roster as they see fit even if the season is too raw for such reckoning. In a stronger Eastern Conference, the early bird gets the worm.

Philly is arguably deep at most positions, though the uncertainty around Harden could consume their depth eventually. With that considered, for the sake of making a swing move, here is one trade proposal that has the 76ers taking a risk and gunning for upside ahead of a long regular season.