With the Philadelphia 76ers finally able to move on from disgruntled superstar guard James Harden after trading him to the Los Angeles Clippers this week, some have wondered if this team has enough to compete with the best of the best in the Eastern Conference.
With the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics taking their rosters to another level, it remains to be seen whether Joel Embiid and company can match what the other East heavyweights are bringing this season, which has led to speculation about this team potentially flipping assets acquired in the Harden deal to bring in another star player.
If the 76ers are serious about contending during the rest of the Embiid era in Philadelphia, the team will almost certainly have to make another move, even though Tyrese Maxey is quickly turning into a star.
Former NBA player Kendrick Perkins believes he may have the solution for the 76ers’ problems moving forward, and that’s bringing back veteran star Jimmy Butler, who they traded to the Miami Heat a few years ago.
Perkins argues that the Heat are struggling to start the season and that maybe there’s a chance to get Butler this season, via ClutchPoints and ESPN.
"What about Jimmy Butler? Miami is struggling… Do we think the Heat will make one of those runs again this postseason? Absolutely not."
Kendrick Perkins proposes the idea of the Sixers trading for Jimmy 👀
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) November 1, 2023
It’s pretty wild to start speculating on trade scenarios this early in the 2023-24 NBA regular season, as most teams don’t even know what they have with the rosters constructed over the summer.
The NBA trade deadline is still a few months away in February when things really start to heat up on the trade front, so more games need to be played to see the way things pan out before talking about Philadelphia immediately flipping assets.NEXT: Joel Embiid Receives Unique Invitation After Being Fined By NBA