5. Paul Reed
The Sixers can trade three first-round draft picks if the right deal comes along, but Reed could be the key to acquiring a third star. The 24-year-old big man is stuck behind Joel Embiid but produces fantastic per-minute numbers. A rebuilding team could eye him as a key piece of their return, especially if they believe he will thrive in an expanded role.
Reed signed a three-year $23.5 million offer sheet with the Utah Jazz during the 2023 offseason, but the 76ers matched on the restricted free agent. It makes him unable to be traded until Jan. 15, and he cannot be acquired by the Jazz. His deal is non-guaranteed for next season unless his team wins in the first round of the playoffs in 2024.
Reed’s fouling is a bit concerning, but there is plenty to be excited about. The 24-year-old still has room to grow, but the Philadelphia 76ers cannot offer more minutes. The 6’9 big man does not fit well next to Joel Embiid and the reigning MVP will play massive minutes. It may be best for both sides if Paul Reed finds a new home at the trade deadline.
Every team will have interest in Reed. If they are rebuilding, they could try to develop him or view him as an expiring contract. The Sixers would like to keep the talented big man, but the opposition may insist he is involved in the deal.