The Philadelphia Sixers’ star center, Joel Embiid, might get traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason. James Harden’s request to play for the Clippers heated up recently when the player called the Sixers’ president a liar in public. It is expected that the Sixers might finally let the veteran guard leave. But that is speculated to result in their key player Embiid requesting a trade. What can the Sixers do to keep the player?
The Kansas Jayhawks product played 66 games for the Sixers last season and averaged 33.1 points, 4.2 assists, and 10.2 rebounds per game while shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc. The Thunder have got the most draft picks in the league, and if somebody like the 29-year-old is put on the market, they would love to splash it. Can they pull off a deal with the Sixers? Here is all the information you need about the trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia Sixers involving Joel Embiid.
The Thunder are likely to land Joel Embiid
What would the Thunder offer in exchange for Joel Embiid?
The Thunder are expected to offer Davis Bertans, Luguentz Dort, Josh Giddey, and one first-round pick each from the years 2024,2025,2026 and 2027 in exchange for the Sixers’ #21. It is very unlikely that any team will manage to offer what the Thunder are sending away for the reigning MVP.
“If I’m the Lakers, I might be looking to trade for James Harden… [it] makes the most sense for Anthony Davis. If you want to get him good easy looks like James did for Joel Embiid last season, how about trading for him?”
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) October 27, 2023
Why would the Thunder like to sign Joel Embiid?
When a team lands a player like Embiid, they automatically become contenders. The Thunder have a decent squad already, and Embiid’s scoring and rim protection is going to take them over the moon. Adding Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chet Holmgren to the picture makes the Thunder look even stronger.
REPORT: A “[Joel] Embiid trade [request] is not expected to come until next summer if it comes at all”, per @Krisplashed.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) October 24, 2023
Why would the Sixers trade-off Joel Embiid?
The Sixers are convincing James Harden to stay, and at the same time, they are trying to acquire his replacement. All the efforts are being made to keep Embiid on the roster. They are getting a haul in return which would be enough for rebuilding but the Sixers would not do this deal until and unless they are pushed to the walls.
Will the Sixers be able to keep their star duo? How will the Thunder line up? We’ll keep you updated.