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

The 76ers have work to do before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
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Trade to avoid: Overvalue cap space

Having a clean cap sheet can be an advantage, but it only helps if the 76ers can add difference-making free agents. Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, and Mike Conley are expected to be the best names available this summer when eliminating Tobias Harris and James Harden. Do the Sixers want to hand out a massive contract to someone in their mid-30s and headed toward their decline?

Philadelphia should not overstate the significance of their cap space. If they can acquire a difference-maker on a multi-year deal before the deadline, the Sixers should do it. They need talent for the present and future. Now is the time to act, especially if the price is right.

The 76ers will give Tyrese Maxey a massive raise this summer, so now is their chance to add that third piece. That is why they should be so aggressive ahead of the deadline. Find a third star and trade for him. Do not wait. Let 2024 be one of your bites at the apple. Do not wait around for the offseason when others will be eager to remake their rosters.

The Philadelphia 76ers are one of several teams to watch ahead of the 2024 trade deadline. It could be a key moment for the future of the franchise, so stay tuned for all the latest.