Grade the Trade: 76ers make a savvy play for young wing in low-risk pitch

The Philadelphia 76ers make a savvy play and trade for this young win in this low-risk pitch. Let’s grade it.
76ers, Tyrese Maxey, Joel Embiid
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Just like clockwork, the 2023-24 NBA season is nearing its end with the advent of the much-awaited NBA Finals. But for the 28 other teams, which include the Philadelphia 76ers, the normally dreaded long break will be a king-sized opportunity for them to find ways to be the ones on the remaining two teams’ position next year.

Among all teams, only Detroit is projected to free up more cap space than Philadelphia this offseason — a massive luxury for a win-now franchise with a pretty open championship window behind one-time MVP Joel Embiid and this season’s breakout star in Tyrese Maxey. What this means is that the 76ers will have a wider array of tools to improve their roster and mount a more competitive bid for the foreseeable future, that is, assuming they make the right moves.

Expect the Philadelphia 76ers to be the most aggressive win-now team this summer

Unsurprisingly, the 76ers have been the most frequent customer in the rumor mill as of late, with most stars projected to become available this summer finding their names etched in the team’s contrived compendium of targets. After all, the front office has the necessary cap space to make a big signing or absorb a big contract, as well as the draft capital to sweeten the pot if necessary.

This time, though, we shift to some of the more understated moves Philadelphia can make, especially on the margins. The team knows better than to pump all of their resources on an expensive name, and role players will be of utmost importance in their quest to be a finalist next season. Here is one trade that has them plucking a young wing off the market for cheap.