Grade the Trade: 76ers land widely coveted point guard in proposed upgrade

Needing firepower in the playmaking department, the Philadelphia 76ers trade for this widely coveted point guard in this proposal.

Tyrese Maxey
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When healthy, the Philadelphia 76ers have already proven that they should be in the conversation among true championship contenders in the league this season. As such, the trade chatter around the team has become much quieter in recent weeks, with the rest of the league apparently of the belief that the franchise could simply shy away from the limelight and maintain flexibility heading into the offseason.

While that may be the case, it’s untenable to expect Daryl Morey and company to resist the urge to upgrade the roster at the right cost. This team may not have any glaring weakness on paper and from the eye test, but no one wants to punt this season. Bolstering their case for the title will be of utmost importance this season as well.

The 76ers should trade for another playmaking guard before the deadline

The easiest area to pinpoint as Philadelphia’s biggest need before the trade deadline is the playmaking department. While Tyrese Maxey has grown exponentially as a table setter and Joel Embiid has blossomed into a more well-rounded passer, beyond those two, the 76ers do not have someone who can really control the pace and settle the team down in half-court situations.

As a result, the 76ers should be in the market for a playmaking guard. Between now and the trade deadline, the front office should seriously consider pooling some of their expendable assets for an ideal backcourt partner for Maxey or a primary creator off the bench. Here is one trade proposal that has tem landing a widely coveted point guard.