2 Trade deadline moves that would boost 76ers, 2 they must avoid

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

Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid
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The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a historic season from Joel Embiid. The reigning MVP is averaging 36.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.9 blocks in 34.3 minutes per game in his first year under head coach Nick Nurse. Only one thing can stop Embiid from winning another MVP, but the Sixers should be focused on improving their title odds before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

Trading James Harden and staying near the top of the conference was not easy. President Daryl Morey kept Philly’s cap space open for the summer and gave them several paths to take in building their roster. The 76ers are currently third in the East, but they cannot win it all without reinforcements.

Tyrese Maxey's blossoming into a second star has helped them stay afloat. How can Morey improve things around his two best players before the deadline? He must avoid two massive mistakes as he gives his team a chance to chase a championship.

Trade deadline boost: Playmaker

James Harden led the league with 10.7 assists per game last season playing for the Sixers. Head coach Nick Nurse has done a fantastic job ensuring they haven’t missed a beat without the future Hall of Famer, but Philadelphia should be searching for another ball-handler and playmaker before the deadline.

Defenses will stiffen in the playoffs and slowing Joel Embiid will be their top priority. The 76ers have Tyrese Maxey, but they need someone else to take the pressure off their two stars. Even if that means acquiring a backup point guard who can come in and create a few quality looks.

They will have options. There may not be a star point guard available, but several quality playmakers are expected to be on the block. The Philadelphia 76ers need another playmaker to boost their title odds, but they must avoid overpaying for a non-star before Feb. 8.