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

76ers, Daryl Morey (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Wendell Moore Jr. – Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

How does this trade fare for the 76ers?

The conventional — and probably correct — response to this trade proposal is that of a whirling gaze. Why would the 76ers even contemplate trading a young player who has shown tangible progress for a player who has virtually nothing to his name than abstract, intangible upside?

Well, Wendell Moore Jr. is younger. Oh wait, he’s…not? Despite being drafted a year earlier, he is a full year older than Springer, who already has a couple of years under his belt with ample experience in the G-League to back up his argument to net more minutes this season for the 76ers.

A crowded backcourt — even factoring in the no-Harden stratum — will be Springer’s main impediment for a consistent role this year, but Philadelphia banners a not-so-durable squad. Springer, a combo guard, will be a very good security blanket for Nick Nurse who can ultimately pivot into a young pice to keep for the future should the front office tone out their veteran-heavy plate.

With all due respect to Wendell Moore Jr. — and disrespect to the one who concocted this trade because he seemingly has to whip up a quick one — there’s absolutely no reason for Philadelphia to even spend a glimpse on a trade for a clear downgrade at a position that could become increasingly important along the course of the season.

Grade: F