The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the frequently mentioned names in the NBA trade rumor mill with a focus on 3-and-D players. With the need to shore up its offensive prowess, names like Bogdan Bogdanovic, Robert Covington, and Derrick Rose have been mentioned.
However, adding more players to their roster of head coach Brett Brown could expand soon. There is the growing belief that Philly needs to consider getting in big men as well with Joel Embiid, often injured. In fact, the Cameroonian center remains out of action with a broken ring finger, Heavy.com reported. The good news is that the third overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft could be returning soon once he is medically cleared.
But the thing about Embiid is that he has been hampered by injuries since entering the league. The 25-year-old has yet to play more than 64 regular-season games - the most he played during the 2018-19 NBA season per Basketball-Reference.com.
In his absence, the Sixers have turned to veteran Al Horford to play the center slot. He alternates with other big men on the roster like Kyle O'Quinn, Norvel Pelle, and Jonah Bolden. Aside from O'Quinn, it seems obvious that Philly lacks the depth in the middle, Sports Illustrated pointed out.
As of this writing, there is no word on who the Sixers could go after. Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons is reportedly being shopped around while old hand Marc Gasol of the Toronto Raptors could be dealt off at the right price. Of the two, investing in Drummond seems plausible, considering he is only 26-years-old.
Assuming they do embark on an NBA trade, what can the 76ers offer in exchange? One player they could offer is Zhaire Smith. Currently playing for the Delaware Blue Coats in the G-League, the 20-year-old is another shooter that other NBA ballclubs may want to look into.
To sweeten potential deals, Philly could throw in some future picks. The only problem is that they do not own a first-round pick in 2020. The earliest they will get to have one is by 2022, thanks to a series of past deals. However, they do own second-round picks this year and in 2021, NBC Sports reported.
If not through an NBA trade, the Sixers could skim the free-agent market. There are names there like Joakim Noah worth considering, possibly a short-term fix to beef up the Sixers fading frontline.