After another second round playoff exit, the Philadelphia 76ers have a lot of work to do this offseason. Daryl Morey is a notoriously ambitious GM, and the Sixers are in win-now mode for as long as Joel Embiid anchors the frontcourt.
With plenty of moves to be made, it comes as no surprise that Philadelphia may move the 28th overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. According to Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice, there is a “very good chance” the Sixers’ first-round pick gets traded for veteran talent or more future assets.
The logic is simple. Philadelphia either gets another immediate contributor, or puts more bullets in the chamber for a potential blockbuster trade further down the line. It’s unlikely that the 28th pick contributes much next season, with Tyrese Maxey, Isaiah Joe, and Paul Reed all in line for more opportunities.
The Sixers are considered likely to trade the 28th overall pick. Is that the correct move?
Of course, there are prospects worthy of consideration in range of the 28th pick. We have discussed various options at multiple positions. Perimeter depth remains a point of weakness, and the end of the first round is saturated with intriguing, multi-dimensional guard prospects. It would behoove the Sixers to act patiently, even if trading the pick is ultimately the right mindset for a contender like Philadelphia.
As Neubeck mentions, this is a similar situation to last season, when there were rumblings of potential trades…