5 Things Philadelphia 76ers must do before the trade deadline

The 76ers have work to do before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

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3. Get value for players not staying on the 76ers roster

The 76ers have 11 players on expiring contracts without mentioning Tyrese Maxey, who heads to restricted free agency this summer. It opens the door for Daryl Morey to make virtually any trade. If Joel Embiid is not going to return before the playoffs, Philadelphia may be better off parting with some pieces and building up their draft capital.

Tobias Harris, Nicolas Batum, De’Anthony Melton, and Kelly Oubre Jr. could all bring back something. Be it draft capital or young talent, Philadelphia could punt on this season and gear up for 2025. If they add a third star, sign Maxey to a long-term deal, and convince a few role players to join them, the Sixers will enter next season among the title favorites.

Acquiring a third star may be impossible without cashing in on those expiring deals. The Sixers should try to win now if they believe Embiid will return this season. If not, Philadelphia will make an early postseason exit. The franchise would be better off building for title contention than trying to win one playoff series without their best player.

Finding a third star cannot be their sole focus. Even with three top-end talents, the Philadelphia 76ers will need impactful role players if they plan on winning a championship.