New head coach Doc Rivers and front office head Daryl Morey are up against it with the NBA offseason getting going. Philadelphia 76ers rumors are already surrounding a potential trade of Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid.
There’s now a lot more on this front. That includes the Philadelphia 76ers potentially trading for James Harden and looking to move the bloated contract of Al Horford. Is your head spinning yet? Just imagine how Rivers and Morey feel.
Don’t fret, we’re here to break it all down for you as we provide you with the latest Philadelphia 76ers rumors.
Updated: Nov. 18, 7:28 PM EST
Philadelphia 76ers rumors: What’s next after Al Horford trade?
New Sixers front office head Daryl Morey pulled off the impossible Wednesday evening, trading the bloated contract of the underperforming Al Horford to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In doing so, Philadelphia dealt away a future first-round pick and second-round selection. It also acquired sharpshooting veteran forward Danny Green.
The question now becomes what Philadelphia does from here. It has obviously been linked to Houston Rockets guard James Harden. Clearing payroll could help from a financial perspective. However, there’s other moves that could be on the horizon here soon.
Even after picking up Green, the 76ers need more outside shooting. They’d also like to add a point guard to take some of the onus off Ben Simmons. If Philadelphia can fill both holes with one player, it would make the most sense. Meanwhile, rumors continue to persist that Philadelphia is interested in Wizards star guard Bradley Beal. While Washington’s brass has said he’s off limits, there’s a reason why Beal trade rumors continue to pop up.
Updated: Nov. 16, 5:04 PM EST
Philadelphia 76ers rumors: James Harden talk heating up
It sure looks like former NBA MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets will be changing teams at some point soon. Recent reports suggest that Harden wants out of dodge. Even more recently, the Brooklyn Nets have been linked to one of the best pure scorers in NBA history.
We can now almost officially add the 76ers to the mix of potential landing spots for Mr. Harden (see speculation below). According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Philadelphia has joined Brooklyn as Harden’s preferred landing spot.
This makes sense with former Rockets general manager Daryl Morey running the ship in Philadelphia. The only question here is how a trade might work. Houston is not going to trade Harden for the likes of Josh Richardson and Al Horford (scroll down) as well as multiple first-round picks. It stands to reason that the team would want either Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid in return. That could be a non-starter for Philadelphia. At the very least, 76ers rumors suggest that the team wants to keep those two.
As of right now, a proposed Harden deal to the Nets includes Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie heading to Houston. Can Philadelphia match that without offering up either Simmons or Embiid?
Philadelphia 76ers rumors: Team looking to trade Al Horford
To say that Horford’s first season with the 76ers did not go according to plan after inking a four-year, $109 million contract would be an understatement. The five-time All-Star averaged 11.9 points and less than seven rebounds. This really wasn’t what Philadelphia was looking for in bringing in a big man with that high price tag.
Rumors in Philadelphia are now suggesting that the 76ers will look to get out from under this contract. Given Horford’s advanced age (34), price tag and regression, that’s going to be a hard sell.
However, there’s one trade that could make sense from the perspective of Morey and Co.
Philadelphia 76ers trade Al Horford, Josh Richardson, Shake Milton and two first-round picks to the Thunder for Chris Paul
This is a trade that could make sense for both teams. Rumors suggest that Oklahoma City will look to move Paul despite a brilliant performance in his first season with the team. That makes sense. The Thunder are in rebuild and reload mode. Paul’s contract is a handcuff. Why not look to move Paul while picking up a youngster in Milton as well as two valuable first-round picks? Oh, and Richardson is not a bad wing himself.
From Philadelphia’s perspective, Paul has a built-in relationship with Morey dating back to their days together with Houston. Having shot 38% from distance since the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, Paul would also give the 76ers that outside shooting threat they need.
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Philadelphia 76ers rumors: Is a James Harden trade even possible?
We focused on rumors suggesting that the 76ers will look to pair Harden back up with Morey. Despite this, it does not seem like Houston is in any rush to trade the former NBA MVP.
In reality, Philadelphia would have to woo the Rockets in a big way. That would include sending either Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid to Houston as starters. This seems to be an unrealistic scenario given what we’ve heard from the 76ers’ brass following their early exit from the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
From there, Philadelphia would have to offer up multiple first-round picks (potentially three). That doesn’t even include Houston likely demanding Shake Milton and/or Zhaire Smith in return. In short, don’t look for this trade to happen.
The Philadelphia 76ers will be involved in rumors throughout this truncated NBA offseason. That’s just the nature of the best when it comes to such an historical franchise that made some major moves from a coaching and front office perspective.
Will Morey come in here and change general manager Elton Brand’s plans? Will there end up being a rift between the two? We will find out some with the NBA Draft approaching. From there, free agency and the trade market will be big focuses for the 76ers.
It’s going to be a fun next month in the City of Brotherly Love.
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