Over the past few years, the Sixers have proved to their fans that they are always willing to mix things up and trade key players or picks. Here are three extreme trades no one would see coming, yet plausible with Sam Hinkie.

Trade #1

Thunder Get: Sixers’ 2015 first round pick, Lakers’ 2015 first round pick (top five protected) which belongs to the Sixers, and Nerlens Noel.

Sixers Get: Russell Westbrook

Commentary: In this trade, the Sixers get their superstar player with Russell Westbrook. In just one night, the Sixers go from a tanking team to an NBA championship contender. The Thunder have been disappointing for the past 5 years. Each one, fans have entered the season expecting a potential championship. Instead, they have underperformed each year. Maybe it is time to move on? Wesbrook could be the Sixers’ go-to scorer and would go well with another potential superstar and defensive stopper, Joel Embiid. Keep in mind, Brett Brown’s squad would still have the Heat’s 2015 pick (top 10 protected) and the Thunders 2016 first round pick (top 15 protected) to help find other potential stars to help the present players. This would stack the Sixers with players. Finally, Noel was fantastic this season, but do they really need him when they have Embiid? In addition, I think trading for Westbrook is more significant than keeping Noel, when you have suitable people to replace him.


Trade #2

Kings Get: Sixers’ 2015 first round pick, Nerlens Noel, New Orleans’ 2015 second round pick (47) which belongs to Sixers.

Sixers Get: DeMarcus Cousins

Commentary: The Kings have had solid teams for years now. And each one has been centered around big man, Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins. But they have never been able to win (zero playoffs appearanceDeMarcus-Cousinss since Cousins joined the team), and the Kentucky graduate has been the center of much criticism about his attitude. However, there is no denying the fact that Boogie can play. He has been more than effective, averaging 24.1 points, 13.4 rebounds, and a box plus/minus of 4.7. However, with new head coach George Karl, it is unsure if the Kings want to build their team around Cousins. There is speculation that they might want to start fresh. I think it is very possible they do, therefore I think this trade is plausible. In the deal, the Sixers do not mortgage their future, because they gain a player who is young and has time to grow. I don’t even think he has peaked yet. Cousins would replace Noel, and the Sixers would have one of the best frontcourts ever (with Embiid), and a new go-to scorer. If they could find a way to fix his attitude and corral players that could better complement his game, unlike in Sacramento, they would become an instant playoff contender. It might be risk worth taking, when you factor in his potential and age.


Trade #3

Whoever Gets the First Pick Gets: Joel Embiid

Sixers Get: First overall pick

Commentary: Joel Embiid could be a superstar, but who knows? Practically the Sixers here are trading Embiid for Kentucky center, Karl Towns. The current college freshman is more than healthy enough to play, and the Sixers have made mistakes before,by picking injured big men (i.e. Jeff Ruland and Andrew Bynum), which makes me step back on the Embiid choosing. Why don’t they take a different path, and take one without nagging injuries and just as much potential? In addition, the Sixers need a future go-to scorer. Towns is a potential scoring machine that could be the centerpiece of the franchise. Embiid is more of a defensive stopper and he is super raw. It likely won’t be less than 4 years until he can match the potential that has been tagged to him, and that’s without injury setbacks. Although Towns is also raw, I think he will develop faster into the player they expect him to be. In addition, without a doubt, he will be able score consistently from day one, because of his size, shot, efficiency, and exponential growth at Kentucky. I think Embiid and Towns both have similarly high ceilings, but I think Towns will be more ready to play now, fill a piece they need in the future (scoring), and be less likely to get injured. I could see the Sixers doing this, especially if they know something discouraging about Embiid’s injury that we don’t.


First picture courtesy of www.sportsworldnews.com

Second picture courtesy of www.warriorsworld.net

Benjamin Simon

Junior at Science Leadership Academy and Sixers analyst for Philly Sports Nation.


  1. The Cutter

    June 16, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    So the Thunder can’t win a title with both Durant and Westbrook, yet the Sixers are contenders with just Westbrook? A Westbrook-led Thunder team that missed Durant most of the year missed the playoffs (although they would have easily qualified in the East). So how would putting Westbrook with a weaker supporting cast turn out any different? By the time they assemble a good supporting cast, Westbrook’s prime is likely over.


  2. Charles

    May 17, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Reading speculative trade ideas is always fun, but none of them seem to be particularly appealing or realistic.

    1) OKC probably won’t move Westbrook while they still have a shot to keep Durant. Even if they know they’re losing Durant in a year, I don’t think that they’d want to move Westbrook when they still need to sell tickets the next couple of years.

    But there’s a lot of potential deals with OKC though because they’re facing a major financial crunch trying to sign Kanter and trying to win now and the Sixers have some very cost-effective bench depth available and can take on some of their bad contracts. I think the Sixers can offer them some financial incentives (take on bad contracts, offer them cheap bench depth) in exchange for lifting the protections on the draft pick and conveying it this year. That’s a very realistic move. At that range, I think Grant or Oubre could possibly be available.

    2) Cousins is a great talent, but I question his fit with Embiid. Yes, they’d dominate inside to a ridiculous level, but the team would have two guys who would need the ball inside to maximize their production and that would clog the lane. I guess they’re talented enough to make it work somehow, but I don’t know. Plus, even though Cousins is a great talent, there’s aspects of his personality and leadership ability that are questionable. You sometimes see him whining to the refs rather than running back on defense. Not sure that he’s a cultural fit.

    3) Embiid is a bigger question mark than Towns due to health concerns, but as a prospect is ridiculously more appealing than Towns is. Embiid was the best prospect (by far, not even close) in a stacked draft last year. Towns is maybe the most valuable prospect in a draft that’s very weak at the top.


  3. Christian Hallgren

    May 17, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Stupid article, 3 stupid trades.


  4. tom mcclintock

    May 15, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    I don’t know which of the three proposals is worst. The 76ers would pass on all of them in about two seconds. If you are going to make trades that can be discussed, please make them realistic.


  5. Dave

    May 15, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Pistons with Isaiah


  6. brain

    May 14, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Um no, to all of them. How many teams in the last 35 years have won a championship with their pg leading them in shots?


  7. The Greek (@ElGreco21)

    May 13, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Hell no to every single offer


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