The Philadelphia 76ers just finished getting swept 4-0 to the hands of the Boston Celtics. Ben Simmons was out for the rest of the playoffs, so it was up to Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris to do the heavy lifting. The Celtics are a great team, but certainly not good enough of a team to sweep the Sixers like that. Joel Embiid simply was not enough to carry the Sixers at least to one win in the series, and his future with the Sixers is very much in doubt.
It is highly unlikely that this same Sixers team will be returning next season. As a matter of fact, it is very likely that the duo Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid is officially over. Since Embiid is a large center without much ball-handling or an overall game similar to Ben, he will likely be moved. For the Sixers, there is a very attractive trade package available. The Brooklyn Nets might have the best available trade package for the 76ers to accept.
Brooklyn already have two superstars returning next season, so grabbing Embiid would make them the favorites in the East. Here is why the 76ers should engage in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets to move Joel Embiid.
Trade Package: Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, 2020 second-round draft pick from Denver (Denver’s 2020 2nd round pick to Brooklyn), 2021 second-round draft pick from Atlanta (Atlanta’s 2021 2nd round pick to Brooklyn)
A Superstar Big Three In Brooklyn
For Brooklyn, grabbing Joel Embiid is a no-brainer. A big three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Joel Embiid are enough to catapult them as the favorites in the East ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. This season, they were swept in the first round of the playoffs as they were injury-ridden and did not have much talent on the floor. Next season, however, it could be a different story.
A returning Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving make Brooklyn formidable, even if they are not 100%. If Kevin Durant can return to at least 75-80% of his MVP self and Kyrie can play at the level he showed earlier this season, the Nets will be more than alright. A healthy and happy Joel Embiid makes the expected slight decline of Durant manageable because the Nets will have an unstoppable offense.
Embiid is a low post scorer who can step out and shoot threes, while Kyrie and KD are masters at creating their own shots. Embiid averaged 23.0 PPG and 11.6 RPG while only playing 51 games, but he can do much more when motivated. Kyrie averaged 27.4 PPG and 6.4 APG in only 20 games of play, so clearly he has shown flashes of his usual brilliance.
The Nets will have to give up a host of their talented pieces to grab Embiid because Philadelphia will not move on from their franchise player unless they can have a fast and effective rebuild around Ben Simmons.
A Fast and Effective Rebuild
The Sixers do not want to go back to mediocrity, or worse, at the bottom of the league. They have a potential franchise player and superstar in Ben Simmons who is simply too effective on both ends of the floor despite his shooting ineffectiveness. Simmons is averaging 16.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 8.0 APG despite attempting only 0.1 3PA per game.
Surrounding Simmons with All-Stat talent immediately keeps Philly competitive, while also giving them time to keep adding pieces to form a long-term contender. Simmons is only 24 years old and has shown he can be a prolific playmaker and defensive player. He is a unique talent that can be a franchise player, so he gives Philly a strong base to move up the East.
Adding a 27-year old Spencer Dinwiddie (20.6 PPG2) and 22-year old Jarrett Allen (11.1 PPG and 9.6 RPG) means two fringe All-Star talents who are young enough to grow with Simmons and be effective right away. Caris LeVert (18.7 PPG) has already arrived as an impact player after having a career year and gives Brooklyn a shooter and athlete as a perimeter player. A lineup of Simmons, LeVert, Dinwiddie, and Allen is a strong lineup that can score and defend. The Sixers have plenty of assets to move players and continue building, so this package is a no-brainer if they want to move on from Embiid.