Trade to avoid: Overpaying at the deadline
The 76ers got a couple of first-round draft picks in the Harden trade to give them three tradeable ones before the deadline. Philly could make a play for virtually any player on the market, but the Sixers have to be cognizant of bidding against themselves or overpaying for an expiring contract.
They want to keep cap space open. Joel Embiid and Jaden Springer are the only two players on their roster with guaranteed contracts for the 2024-25 season. Paul Reed has a non-guaranteed deal and the rest are free agents. The Sixers are bringing back Tyrese Maxey as a restricted free agent, but they want the option of adding a third star on the open market.
Deadlines create pressure, and it comes from both sides. Teams will be more motivated to move expiring contracts, and the 76ers know it will be their final chance to upgrade their roster for a few months. Philadelphia cannot panic and wildly overpay for anyone. They need all the capital they can get if they plan on adding a third star or even a few role players this summer. It is something to keep in mind ahead of Feb. 8.
Daryl Morey is one of the NBA’s most active decision-makers. Fans should expect him to improve their roster, but can he keep prices down?