The Philadelphia 76ers have enjoyed a great 2020-21 season thus far. They are atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-12 behind the play of their two NBA All-Stars, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and second-leading scorer, Tobias Harris.
Daryl Morey came aboard this offseason and immediately righted the wrongs of the past regime. He brought in better floor spacers to elevate the harmony between Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and get players back to their normal positions.
It has worked out well, but the 76ers are not a finished product. If they want to hold off the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, they could use a little more firepower to do so.
There are NBA trade rumors about them potentially pursuing Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors. If they are unable to swing a deal of that magnitude, maybe they could aim for another player to help space the floor in Buddy Hield.
Hield is having a tough season shooting the ball, making only 36.9 percent of his 3-point attempts and 37.7 percent of his shots overall. With rookie Tyrese Haliburton playing well, Hield could become expandable with the 76ers being a potential landing spot.
In this deal, the Kings would send Hield to Philadelphia, receiving Danny Green, Mike Scott, Shake Milton and a 2021 first-round pick in return.
The 76ers would be banking on Hield’s production returning to normal with a change in scenery and a better supporting cast around him. However, his defensive performance is something that will have to be taken into consideration, as Hield has been awful on that side of the ball.
Their roster would also require more tweaks if they did acquire Buddy Hield. Milton is their backup point guard currently, so they would have to find someone to fill that void. Scott has been starting for the injured Harris, so while he is not having a great season, Philadelphia does value him as a reserve forward.
For the Kings, they would get out from Hield’s big contract, opening up some salary-cap space in the future. They would go all-in on the De’Aaron Fox/Haliburton pairing in the backcourt and see where it takes them.
For Philadelphia, what it comes down to is whether they think moving three rotation pieces for one player is a worthwhile move. If they have another deal set up for a player such as Kyle Lowry by using other pieces, it makes more sense as Hield could become their offensive-minded sixth man off the bench.
However, in the vacuum of only this trade, it is hard to imagine Philadelphia parting with multiple rotation pieces, and a draft pick, for a player struggling as much as Buddy Hield has this season.