Joel Embiid returned to the court last night, and all of a sudden, the Philadelphia 76ers once again look dominant on the hardwood after a bit of a rough stretch for the team with the reigning MVP out. At this juncture, all the team has to do is stay healthy, right?
Not so fast. Despite an increasingly passive stance, the front office should not lie low and simply pass up on opportunities to improve the roster. With the trade deadline still a month away, the team should spare no chance to strike some deals for players who can help them while not being hindrances to their desire to maintain financial flexibility for this year’s free agency.
Here are three realistic and two pipe dream trade targets the 76ers should consider.
3 realistic, 2 pipe dream trade targets the 76ers should consider
REALISTIC: Bojan Bogdanovic — Detroit, SF/PF
While Detroit may not be too candid about it, they are almost guaranteed to trade Bojan Bogdanovic this season. The Pistons are the league’s worst team this season, and common sense points to the franchise eventually parting ways with their widely-coveted veteran to accelerate their rebuild with younger commodities and draft capital.
Should the Pistons grasp this and follow through, the 76ers front office should come calling immediately. Bogdanovic is a savvy three-level scorer and one of the most consistent shooters in the league. Better yet, he makes reasonable money, and only has a $2 million guarantee on his deal next season.
Detroit will be asking a relative premium for his services to capitalize on the high demand for the Croatian, but Philadelphia has the ammunition to make a definitive bid with their armory of expiring salary-matchers, expendable young players, and slew of draft picks that shouldn’t hurt too much to dangle away.