The Philadelphia 76ers promise to be active this summer following a premature exit from the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
A lot of the rumors surrounding Philadelphia have centered on All-Star point guard Ben Simmons, who could be dealt following a disastrous postseason performance.
Now, according to this report from Fred Katz of The Athletic, Philadelphia is among the four teams that are in on Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal should he request to be moved from D.C. The NBA insider goes on to list the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks as other potential landing spots for the high-scoring shooting guard.
As for the Philadelphia 76ers, any move to acquire Beal would likely include Simmons heading out of town. Whether that would be in a two-team swap with Washington or getting another team involved to take Simmons remains to be seen.
What we do know is that 76ers front office head Daryl Morey is looking to make a major splash this offseason after Philadelphia fell to the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Primarily, the 76ers are looking for more of a pure perimeter threat to go with reigning NBA MVP finalist Joel Embiid.
How would a Bradley Beal trade to the Philadelphia 76ers look?
Right now, it seems that Philadelphia is overvaluing what Simmons might be able to bring back in a trade. That complicates things further when it comes to Beal considering what the Warriors, Hawks and Heat could potentially offer up.
In order to make a move for Beal, Philadelphia would have to part with a young backcourt player in either Tyrese Maxey, Shake Milton or Matisse Thybulle. In addition to Simmons, multiple first-round picks would also have to head to the nation’s capital.
As noted above, the market for Beal should he demand a trade will dictate whether Philadelphia is a legit landing spot.
For example, the Warriors seem to be willing to offer up Andrew Wiggins and their two lottery picks this year (7th and 14th overall). Former No. 2 pick James Wiseman has also been bandied about as a potential headliner heading back to D.C. for Beal. The Atlanta Hawks could offer up multiple young wings in that of Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter and/or Kevin Huerter.