Mock trade sheds light on what 76ers may get for 16th pick in 2024 NBA Draft

The 76ers may have to settle for an unwanted return if they trade their first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.
Philadelphia 76ers, Daryl Morey
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The Philadelphia 76ers head into an offseason of uncertainty. Joel Embiid is the only player with a guaranteed contract, and Daryl Morey dreams of adding another star. The Sixers need to upgrade their roster and feel the pressure to build a winner around their MVP, but adding talent in the NBA is never easy.

Philadelphia will be the center of the offseason rumors. Fans are already hearing the rumblings about LeBron James joining the 76ers and Paul George being a target in free agency. Those are not stopping until Morey has remade his franchise around Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.

The 76ers will be active and aggressive in free agency and the trade market. Most expect them to move the 16th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, but what could they get? This year’s class is considered weak by many experts, and some teams are avoiding the draft. It will impact the Sixers' return, but where would it land?

Mock trade has the 76ers landing Moses Moody for the 16th overall pick

Bleacher Report created a hypothetical offseason trade for every team where it had Philly trading their 2024 first-round pick for Moody. They note that Warriors fans may be upset with this return, and the Sixers may not want to wait for a rookie to hit his stride.

Moody was the 14th overall pick in 2021 but has struggled to get consistent minutes in the Bay Area. There have been flashes when he does. Moody averaged 8.1 points and 3.0 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game in 2024. The 22-year-old profiles as a 3-and-D wing, which the 76ers will need if they add a third star in free agency this summer.

Moody has three years of NBA experience and could blossom in a larger role. The Sixers may shoot for upside with the 16th overall pick, but Moody is ready to give them more on-court production than anyone who is likely available.

What can the 76ers expect to get for the 16th pick in the 2024 NBA Draft?

Draft selections in the middle of the first round have plenty of value. The Thunder traded the 16th overall pick in 2021 to the Rockets for two protected firsts. Neither has been conveyed yet, and Oklahoma City may be stuck with three second-rounders. The Thunder are gambling they turn into late lottery selections, but only time will tell.

The 2024 draft class is not considered strong at the top but has some depth. Philadelphia should be able to get a quality return for the 16th overall pick if they choose to trade it. The 76ers want to win and will likely target someone who can help them immediately.

Buying low on Moses Moody is not the worst option. The 22-year-old wing has shown flashes and may thrive playing off the Sixers stars. Daryl Morey always wants shooting and defense around his best players. Moody offers both and would likely have no issues getting out of Golden State.

Will the Philadelphia 76ers trade their first-round selection in this draft? Does Morey pull off a blockbuster? The Sixers are a team to watch this offseason, so please stay tuned.