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NBA Rumors: Sixers Could Trade Al Horford And 1st-Round Pick For Kevin Love

(via Fadeaway World)

(via Fadeaway World)

With February's trade deadline approaching, teams around the league will be looking for ways to improve their team.

The Philadelphia 76ers, despite their talent, probably need a mix-up more than most. Losers of 4 straight, and 7 of their last 10, it's clear something is just not working for them this season.

According to Jonathan Soveta of The Score, they could look towards Cleveland for a solution.

Al Horford's integration into the Philadelphia 76ers' system hasn't gone smoothly. He was signed to a massive four-year, $109-million deal during free agency to help elevate the 76ers to another level. Instead, Horford's averaging just 12.2 points per game, his lowest output since his 2011-12 season with the Atlanta Hawks, and Philadelphia is already nine games back of the first-place Milwaukee Bucks.

Love isn't anywhere near the defender Horford is, but the 76ers, who rank 23rd in 3-pointers made per game, could desperately use his ability to stretch the floor. The drawback is trading away a marquee player just months after signing him would drastically hurt the perception of the franchise as a free-agent destination, but with "The Process" now long over, it's a risk the 76ers need to take.

With a core of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Tobias Harris, Philly has the makings of a true contender. But they will need to add shooters if they want to make things work.

Even at 31-years-old, Kevin Love is just that. He's averaging 16 points and 10.3 rebounds for the Cavs this season. A deal involving Horford and a 2024 1st-round pick might be enough to get the job done.