Rumored unhappy superstar could be the dream trade target for the 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers should keep an eye on the situation of this superstar, who is rumored to be unhappy with his current team.
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Armed with a ton of financial flexibility this offseason in addition to their war chest of draft capital, the Philadelphia 76ers can afford to be an opportunistic bunch this summer. Gone are the days when the front office can only be ambitious without the resources to actualize their lofty goals.

Fortunately for the team, they will have the luxury of having multiple options this time around, be in in free agency or in the trade market. Alas, some big names have already been linked to the franchise, reinforcing the high probability that the team will succeed in their star-hunting voyage this year. However, this one particular superstar could instantly jump atop their whiteboard should the rumord hold up.

Kevin Durant, rumored to be unhappy in Phoenix, could be the dream trade target for the 76ers

According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith in a recent episode of First Take, 14-time All-Star KevIn Durant is currently not a happy camper in Phoenix in light of their current situation and after his team faced an embarrassing sweep in the first round of the playoffs to the Timberwolves.

"Kevin Durant in Phoenix is a problem. They say Kevin Durant is never happy. They say he went more than a month without even talking to the head coach. They say he doesn't look happy there."

Should this hold true (which could be possible given Durant’s notoriously mercurial stance), the 76ers could be gifted with a dream trade target this offseason. While already at the ripe age of 35, Durant still performed at an All-NBA level this season, averaging 27.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, and five assists per game on a mind-boggling 52.3 percent shooting from the field, which includes a nifty 41.3 percent clip from three-point range.

It’s definitely a pipe dream scenario, but trading for Durant would instantly be billed as a jackpot for the 76ers this offseason. He’s signed for two more seasons with a contract north of $50 million annually — a reasonable rate for someone of his caliber that actually matches the prognosed value of Paul George, one of their reported targets this summer.

Getting Phoenix to agree to a trade could be tricky, though. The 76ers only have draft picks to offer for the most part in addition to attendant cap relief. But even so, the team would ultimately stand to benefit if KD tries to force his way out of town once again.

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