The Philadelphia 76ers currently hold the top seed in the Eastern Conference and Joel Embiid is playing like a legitimate NBA MVP candidate. There’s a lot to like about where they’re at but they will be a team to watch in NBA trade rumors to watch as the deadline approaches.
According the The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the 76ers could make a big acquisition at the NBA trade deadline to keep pace with the Brooklyn Nets. After the James Harden trade, it’s clear the rest of the Eastern Conference has to keep pace.
“The Sixers, meanwhile, could make a big acquisition of their own. League sources say Philadelphia, which came up short in its bid for Harden, is still seeking major moves to increase its championship odds. The trade market still needs to take shape in the coming weeks, so realistic targets are unclear.
While realistic targets remain unclear, one name to monitor is Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry. The shot creation ability he brings to the table is an appealing factor to pair alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
“But one name to monitor is Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, a 34-year-old Philadelphia native in the final season of his contract. A veteran perimeter shot-creator is the only piece the Sixers truly lack, and there aren’t many other players on Lowry’s level who are even theoretically available.”
So far this season, Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists in 25 appearances with the Raptors. He’s earning $30.5M in 2020-21 and is on the final year of his contract. The balance between his age and being on an expiring deal could make him an intriguing option for the 76ers since it wouldn’t require a massive haul to complete a trade.
While it remains to be seen who the Philadelphia 76ers will target towards the deadline, they will be a team to watch in NBA trade rumors. They have proven to be a legitimate contender and could go all-in around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to make a run at the championship.