Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers’ 1,000,000-year season appears to have ended in the second round of the playoffs. In fact, it’s only the third year in a row, but it’s happened five times in the last six seasons. (When the second season is a first round exit.)
There’s a strange atmosphere in Philadelphia right now. The team’s future seems to be in disarray as there could be a lot of moving parts this summer.
Philadelphia already fired Doc Rivers, so at least next season there will be a new coach in town. But beyond that, there’s also the fact that James Harden could just free agency leaveWith Houston Rockets is the most likely destination.
And based on a recent report from Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirerthis looks more like reality than speculation.
So where does that leave Embiid?
76ers: One Joel Embiid trade for each lowest ranked team
Most likely, Embiid will stay in Philadelphia and try to compete with whatever core they put around him. But if Harden leaves, could Embiid be the next NBA megastar to ask for a trade?
If that happens, and again that seems unlikely, you’d imagine all 29 other NBA teams would at least call to ask about Embiid. This would lead to 29 different offers for the 76ers to consider.
So that’s exactly what was invented.
Of course, some offers will look completely different than others. And some deals may require more or less picks in the first round than what is written. But these are just basic offerings of what any other NBA team could offer.
It should also be noted that the vast majority these transactions they are completely unreal. Whether it was because the other team wouldn’t make an offer or because the 76ers would reject it immediately, only a few of those offers would make it to the table.
But with all that in mind, here’s one Embiid trade for each NBA team, ranked from least likely to most likely. (Spoiler alert: None of the deals outside the top nine are that realistic. Maybe the top five.)