76ers trade for six-time All-Star & prized veteran in wild proposal

The Philadelphia 76ers go all-in this season and trade for a former All-Star and a prized veteran despite Joel Embiid’s injury in this mock deal.
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76ers trade for six-time All-Star and prized veteran in this wild proposal

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In this trade proposal from the folks over at Bleacher Report, the Philadelphia 76ers make a massive shakeup and acquire six-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan and All-Defensive First Team guard Alex Caruso from the Chicago Bulls for forwards Marcus Morris Sr., Robert Covington, and KJ Martin, guards Jaden Springer and Furkan Korkmaz, and two future first-round picks in 2026 (the least favorable between OKC, HOU or LAC) and 2029 (via LAC).

Despite being in the play-in tournament picture, the Bulls have a losing record and are nevertheless projected to be one of the biggest buyers in the trade market. Zach LaVine’s season-ending surgery has given them one less head to flip for assets, but they still have a slew of players they can liquidate to kickstart a much-needed rebuild. At this point, it’s inevitable.

DeRozan and Caruso are perhaps their two best trade chips at the moment. The former hasn’t been exactly All-Star caliber this season, but he’s a tremendous floor-raiser who’s versatile enough to fill in any pecking order offensively. Meanwhile, the latter could be even considered as a more attractive acquisition as a low-cost All-NBA defender who isn’t a rental or a high-maintenance cog.

Would this trade hypothetically benefit the 76ers both in the short and long run? Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of this proposal.