The Philadelphia 76ers enjoyed a historic night on Monday with Joel Embiid dropping 70 points and 18 rebounds to shake off the San Antonio Spurs at home, bringing the team closer to the second seed in the Easterrn Conference while cementing himself as the leading candidate for the Most Valuable Player award this season.
Performances like these make shakeups look very risky propositions, but realistically speaking, no matter how incredible Embiid is on a nightly basis, you can’t count on him scoring that much just to win games, especially against bottom-feeders. That brings us to the trade market, where the 76ers should inevitably become a key player as the deadline looms.
76ers forward Tobias Harris linked to Western Conference playoff team
One player on the roster who has been a staple in the rumor mill is Tobias Harris, who’s in the final year of his contract. Philadelphia has been very amenable to moving him in the past to no avail due to his albatross contract, but it seems like another ball club could be willing to take the initiative this time.
A recent spill suggests that the Sacramento Kings are eyeing Harris in a trade. After a great start to the season, the Kings have hit a rough patch, and would like to bolster their team as they try to remain in playoff contention.
However, the report states that the Kings are more interested to acquire him as a rental piece in a three-way deal should the 76ers manage to pull off the financial gymnastics required to acquire a third star before the trade deadline.
Thus, one should probably take this with a grain of salt, though the report is tangential to the Kings’ rumored interest in seeking help in the forward position — a spot where they lack quality depth behind their starters.
It remains to be seen how much Sacramento can remunerate Philly for Harris, but it’s certainly a noteworthy development in what has recently become a stale rumor mill for the 76ers.