Grade the Trade: 76ers shake up the NBA in proposed 4-team blockbuster deal

The Philadelphia 76ers shake up the league in this proposed blockbuster mega deal. Let’s evaluate how this trade could fare for the team.
76ers, Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey
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76ers trade for and reunite with Jimmy Butler in this proposed 4-team blockbuster

Philadelphia 76ers receive: Jimmy Butler
Miami Heat receive: Donovan Mitchell (from Cavaliers), Kyle Kuzma (from Wizards), $13.4 million trade exception (Jimmy Butler), $2.5 million trade exception (Nikola Jović), $2.3 million trade exception (Tyler Herro)
Cleveland Cavaliers receive: Tyler Herro (from Heat), No. 15 pick (from Heat), 2026 Suns second-round pick (via Wizards), 2028 Clippers first-round pick (via 76ers), 2030 first-round pick (via Heat), $6.4 million trade exception (Mitchell), $2.6 million trade exception (Ty Jerome)
Washington Wizards receive: Paul Reed Jr. (from 76ers), Nikola Jović (from Heat), Ty Jerome (from Cavaliers), No. 16 pick (via 76ers), 2026 first-round pick (via 76ers), $23.5 million trade exception (Kuzma)

In this trade proposal from Bleacher Report, the Philadelphia 76ers reunite with former Sixer forward Jimmy Butler, whom the Miami moves on from and replaces with Donovan Mitchell, who is also facing an intriguing situation regarding his future in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, Washington joins the fray and sells high on Kyle Kuzma to boost their youth movement as the Cavaliers stock up on draft capital and acquire a potential Mitchell replacement in oft-rumored Tyler Herro.

Butler, who spent half a season in Philadelphia in the 2018-19 season, is one of the most difficult stars to project. On one hand, he’s a postseason catalyst who’s led the Heat to two Finals appearances (and losses) in the last four years. On the other hand, he’s also approaching 35 and is not exactly the most durable franchise centerpiece available.

How does this trade fare for the 76ers alone? Let’s ponder at the pros and cons of this hypothetical deal.