1. Kyrie Irving
This one may seem crazy, and it is at this moment. Irving is playing well and avoiding the drama in Dallas. The Mavericks are 15-8 to begin the year and are currently third in the Western Conference. Irving is dealing with a heel injury, but has otherwise been healthy and on the floor. The team struggled mightily following last season’s trade. Those issues appear to be in the past, but the 76ers can still shoot their shot.
They want another star, and Kyrie is one of the best point guards in the league. He is no stranger to drama and has forced his way off multiple teams. Irving signed a three-year deal worth $120 million to stay in Dallas but wants another ring. If he thinks Philadelphia gives him a better shot, Irving may be interested.
The Sixers would have an undersized backcourt, but Kyrie is comfortable playing on or off the ball. He is an elite shooter and used to taking over games in the fourth quarter. If Irving’s goal is to win, he could form a dynamic trio in the City of Brotherly Love that no team wants to face in the playoffs.
Will the Philadelphia 76ers make a trade before the Feb. 8 deadline? They could look to keep their cap space open for a blockbuster move in the summer but do not want to waste a year of Embiid’s prime. If nothing else, there will be plenty of rumors, so please stay tuned.