76ers trade for former public enemy No. 1 in this risky proposal

76ers, Joel Embiid - Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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After a handful of months that increasingly felt like dog years, the Philadelphia 76ers were able to finally address the humongous elephant in the room, trading James Harden to the LA Clippers to usher in a brand new season and a renewed vibe around a franchise still looking to be in the thick of the championship hunt.

That, of course, does not mean that the 76ers are resting on their laurels. The team may have jumped off to a solid start to the season, but it’s too early to make an optimistic prognosis with their campaign. What the front office can do, however, is to ensure that the coaching staff is loaded with options to gain an edge over their rivals, especially in a much stronger and deeper Eastern Conference. Fortunately, the reports are saying they are doing just that.

For a title-desperate team like the Philadelphia 76ers, going all-in this season is the only right answer

Philadelphia’s biggest competition such as Boston and Milwaukee have put everything on the table with their new acquisitions. Recognizing the league’s current parity and perceived wide openness in the championship chase, they did not hesitate in any way in bringing in top-level talent despite the hefty price they paid in order to maximize their chances at winning the Larry O’Brien trophy this season.

For the 76ers, going all-in is only appropriate. After all, they have the reigning Most Valuable Player in Joel Embiid, a young and upstart star in Tyrese Maxey, and a solid cast of veterans. Punting this season, regardless of the excitement around what the franchise can do next year with their cap space, should be out of the question.

With that in consideration, we baked a trade proposal that has the 76ers throwing away their relatively bitter history with this particular player in hopes of shoring up the team on both ends of the floor this season and beyond.