Fighting at the top of the Eastern Conference, Sixers trade targets are bound to be a hot topic ahead of the NBA trade deadline.
On top of that, the Sixers’ main cogs are playing the best basketball of their respective careers. Joel Embiid is turning in an MVP-caliber season while scoring forward Tobias Harris had a legitimate shot at his first All-Star appearance. Ben Simmons still has plenty to improve in his offense, but he has become one of the best all-around defenders in the NBA.
Sixers trade targets 2021
This year’s version of the Sixers doesn’t come with many weaknesses. But when you’re facing the reigning back-to-back MVP and the recently-formed Big 3 of superstar scorers on your way to a coveted NBA Finals appearance, you need every weapon you can bring to battle.
That is the reason why the Sixers are still positioning themselves for a possible move before the March 25th trade deadline. Here are five players that Philly can target to bolster their roster, especially come playoff time.
With the Brooklyn Nets signing Blake Griffin and the Milwaukee Bucks recently trading for P.J. Tucker, it’s now the 76ers’ turn to dream big. If the Toronto Raptors indeed place Kyle Lowry on the trading block, the Sixers front office should be in pursuit of the former NBA champ.
Danny Green will certainly be in the mix for contract-matching purposes, along with a couple more salary fillers. However, would the Raptors demand either one of Matisse Thybulle or Tyrese Maxey? Philly has been hesitant in including these two young guns in potential trade negotiations.
The Rockets are nowhere near the playoff picture in the West, and they are on a horrible 18-game losing skid that will further pull them down. This could eventually lead to Oladipo being traded, although it has become apparent that the Rockets are asking for a high price tag in exchange for the former two-time All-Star.
Still, Oladipo will be a huge catch for the Sixers, especially if they are confident that they will eventually have the inside track of re-signing him when he enters unrestricted free agency in the offseason. A core of Oladipo-Simmons-Embiid-Harris in the future will wreak havoc in the East.
If the Sixers don’t want to give up multiple assets before the trade deadline, then they could go for a safer route by acquiring George Hill from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hill is a proven point guard who has tons of playoff experiences under his belt.
He shot a stellar 46% clip from the three-point line for the Bucks last season, a testament to how good of a floor spacer he is. He will have plenty of open looks with this Sixers team, and his underrated playmaking and defensive instincts will be valuable come playoff time.
If you are searching for a weakness in this loaded Sixers roster, you can find that in the fact that they don’t have a back-up stretch big man. Dwight Howard has been effective in his limited minutes. In fact, he has the fourth-highest PER in the team, trailing Embiid, Simmons, and Harris.
But you still want to have that luxury of having a sweet-shooting big man, and the Sixers can find one in Nemanja Bjelica. Bjelica’s playing time with the Sacramento Kings has decreased this season, and there is an expectation that the team is open to trading the Serbian center.
Terrence Ross is having a career-best season that will just go for nought with the Orlando Magic struggling to rack up the wins. There’s a growing sense that the Magic will soon dive into a full rebuild, especially if they shop star Nikola Vucevic before the trade deadline.
The Sixers will not go all-in for Ross, considering that Korkmaz and Green are putting up decent percentages from deep. But if the Magic doesn’t ask for too much in return, then I see the Sixers looking at a Ross deal as a back-up plan.