4. De’Anthony Melton
The Sixers gave up Danny Green and the 23rd overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft to land Melton. He was a key reserve for the Grizzlies but has become a starter in Philly. The 76ers need defense and playmaking next to Tyrese Maxey, which Melton provides.
The 25-year-old is on an $8 million expiring contract, and the 76ers have no interest in extending him. They want cap space in the offseason but risk losing him for nothing on the open market.
Melton is averaging 12.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game this season. He is shooting just 39.7 percent from the field but has connected on 36.9 percent of his 3-point tries.
Every team wants 3-and-D wings. Getting one who is 25 years old and proven he can stick in a playoff rotation for two different teams is even better. The 6’2 guard is a bit undersized but can defend at the point of attack and sink open shots.
Teams will ask for Melton, but expect Daryl Morey to try to keep him out of the trade. If it is the difference in landing a third star, Melton may be packing his bags before the deadline. Otherwise, he likely stays in the City of Brotherly Love.