With Al Horford on the team, and Embiid improving as a passer, maybe the Sixers don’t need Ben Simmons’ full passing talent to run a great offense. There are plenty of defensive point guards out there who are adept passers (if not at Ben’s skill level), and *can* actually shoot a 3. I know they’re a division rival, but surely the Sixers can try to work out a deal with the Celtics for the obvious candidate: Marcus Smart. Not only can he run both an offense and defense with Al Horford, but he’s shooting 36.6% at 4.7 attempts a game since the beginning of last season. Tell me that’s not a good deal for both teams.
e: This trade works. Maybe throw in some picks: http://tradenba.com/trades/HyxokEm2r
I get they needed a center but they also desperately need wings right now. Harkless is a sold two way wing and Meyers Leonard looks better than Whiteside so far. Sure they may be looking to trade Whiteside for someone like Love which may redeem this trade but that’s no guarantee.