76ers trade targets: 3 realistic, 2 pipe dream options to consider

Which players should the Philadelphia 76ers pursue before the trade deadline? Here are three realistic and two pipe dream options they should consider.

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3 realistic, 2 pipe dream trade targets the 76ers should consider

REALISTIC: Kelly Olynyk — Utah, C/PF

One of the teams expected to be sellers in some capacity is the Utah Jazz which, despite an upswing in their record since the calendar flipped, have a bevy of players who they can easily flip for assets to bolster their competitive brand of rebuilding.

As we previously noted, Kelly Olynyk should be widely available for taking before the deadline. The veteran big man has been a key rotation piece for the Jazz, but he’s on an expiring deal. Layer that atop their preference to give more minutes to their younger players, and you can definiteluy count on Utah to liquidate him for assets sooner than later.

If so, Philadelphia makes sense as a landing spot for the versatile big. Long been a crafty operator, Olynyk thrives as a stretch big man who can serve as a pasing outlet out of the high post. While not a rim deterrent, he is a physical presence inside who can play as the lone center or fit right next to other big men, such as Joel Embiid.

Fortunately, Olynyk is a realistic get for the 76ers. He shouldn’t cost much aside from salary matchers and a second-round selection. All in all, he would be an inuarguable upgrade over Paul Reed and Mo bamba, who have both been underwhelming so far.