With midseason quickly approaching, many NBA storylines we may not have expected at the beginning of the season are beginning to write themselves. The Warriors may not be as perfect as we thought. The Kings may actually be good. Giannis Antetokounmpo might be the best player in the league. Joel Embiid might not fit with the 76ers. Seriously, the man that was nicknamed the process might not be the perfect fit next to Ben Simmons and newly acquired Jimmy Butler.
In real life, all they need is time to work their kinks out before the playoffs. In my world, however, I want trades to happen… FAST! I will take control of all the NBA teams to make the league more entertaining, give some teams a better future, and some a chance to compete with the top dogs right now.
DISCLAIMER: I KNOW THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE THE 76ERS TRADE EMBIID. THIS IS FOR THEORETICAL ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY
Four Team Trade Sends Joel Embiid to Mavericks, Dennis Smith to Suns, Deandre Ayton to 76ers
76ers Recieve: Deandre Ayton (Suns), Mikale Bridges (Suns), De’Anthony Melton (Suns), Shabazz Napier (Nets), 2020 First Round Pick (Mavericks), 2023 First Round Pick (Mavericks)
Mavericks Recieve: Joel Embiid (76ers)
Suns Recieve: Dennis Smith Jr. (Mavericks), Deandre Jordan (Mavericks), Kenneth Faried (Nets)
Nets Recieve: Ryan Anderson (Suns), 2021 First Round Pick (Mavericks)
Wait! Before you click off thinking I just threw a bunch of random young players together, every piece of this trade was thought out and has an explanation. I know this wouldn’t ACTUALLY happen, but the trade actually helps all teams involved.
For the 76ers
Not restarting the process, but rejuvenating the process. This could be a very unconventional road for the Sixers to take, but certainly not a bad one. They may be trading one of the best players in the NBA (remember this is only if he doesn’t fit in with the team and wants out) but in return, the Sixers net this years’ number one overall draft pick, three other promising young players, and two first round picks. The 76ers love draft picks, so maybe that’s what it would it take to get your hands on one of their young superstars.
For the Mavericks
This is probably the easiest case to make. While on the surface, it may look like a Billy King repeat with the Nets trading all of your assets for some immediate talent, there is much more to it than that. Billy King traded for three aging stars in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry with no backup plan if they aged poorly. With Luka Doncic and Joel Embiid running the floor together, who knows what could happen? By the time the Warriors’ dynasty is up, it could be the Mavericks’ turn to step into the fire.
For the Suns
The Suns have had an absolutely atrocious season. The Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton pairing hasn’t gone as planned, and the Suns may grow impatient trying to play without an actual point guard on the roster. While it may be tough to give up on the number one overall pick this early in his career, pairing Booker up with another great shot creating guard in Dennis Smith could be exactly what the Suns need to break into the playoffs and out of mediocrity.
For the Nets
Realistically, nothing special for the Nets. Trading away two expiring contracts in return for Ryan Anderson’s two-year deal nets them an extra first round pick in 2021.