The Philadelphia 76ers are trying to position themselves to make moves this offseason that will put the right pieces around Joel Embiid and James Harden and make them legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference.
To clear enough cap space to make the moves they want to make — see PJ Tucker — they have to make a trade leading up to Thursday’s NBA draft, which kicks off at 8 pm EST.
The Sixers have been aggressively shopping veteran Danny Green and the No. 23 pick in Thursday’s draft. They haven’t made a deal yet, but with the help of cap specialist Yossi GozlanSixers Wire has come up with five trades to move Green and the pick that produce immediate help for the Sixers.
Note: In order for any of the following trades to work, any players mentioned with non-guaranteed salaries, such as Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Isaiah Joe would need to have their salaries guaranteed for these deals to work.
Gordon would be a helpful addition to the Sixers, and they reportedly have interest in him. He knows how to play with Harden from their time together in Houston and he shot 41.2% from deep in a bit of a resurgence in the 2021-22 season. He has been in the league for 14 seasons, he has a relationship with Daryl Morey, and this deal works for both teams. The Rockets want to move off Gordon anyway. Green will likely be waived while Korkmaz gets a fresh start in Houston, a situation that has less pressure.
Ross is a career 11.2 points per game scorer and as a 10-year veteran, he understands what it takes to succeed in this league. He would be better served in Philadelphia than in Orlando. He saved the Magic in many games when they made the playoffs in both 2019 and 2020 with his microwave ability off the bench. The No. 23 pick helps the Magic get another young player for their rebuild.
The on-court issue with Beasley is he is not great on the defensive end of the floor. But he can bring offensive ability. He averaged 12.1 points and shot 37.7% in the 2021-22 season while helping the Timberwolves make the playoffs. The Sixers are starved for depth at the wing spots for their bench unit, and Beasley would help address those needs. Joe would get a fresh start in Minnesota and develop with less pressure than in Philadelphia.
A former Villanova player, Hart would be a nice addition to this team’s bench. He provides depth on the wings, which is a dire need, and he is a legitimate contributor on both ends. He shot 37.3% with the Trail Blazers after the trade, and he can make plays for others. He averaged 14.9 points and 4.1 assists in the 2021-22 season with both the Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans. Portland has its eyes on OG Anunoby after acquiring Jerami Grant, so Hart could be available for the right deal.
Grabbing Caldwell-Pope would be a best-case scenario in a deal for Green. He won a ring with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020, and he averaged 13.2 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 39% from deep for the Wizards in the 2021-22 season. His ability on both ends makes him a starter on the Sixers and playing next to Harden would do wonders for his 3-point percentage — as it did for Tobias Harris.