The Sixers will be one of the most interesting teams of the NBA off-season this year, thanks to the rise of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons making the franchise one of the most attractive destinations for free agents.
Sixers coach Brett Brown recently mentioned that the team does need to add one more star.
But what about two more?
Per The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, that’s a legitimate possibility.
The Sixers are in an intoxicating position heading into the future, with two of the NBA’s brightest young stars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the No. 10 pick in the upcoming draft, and the cap space to sign a free agent to a max contract.
If I were the Sixers, I’d push hard for Kawhi Leonard, who’s spent time rehabbing in New York under the care of Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the 76ers’ chief medical officer. If the Sixers went all in with a monster trade package headlined by Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, the no. 10 pick, draft-and-stashes, and Jerryd Bayless’s salary, they could theoretically have a Big Three with Embiid, Simmons, and Leonard, and still retain max cap space to sign James if J.J. Redick agreed to a deal worth less than $10 million annually.
It’s a pretty wild hypothetical — especially factoring in the idea of Redick returning, plus the blockbuster additions of both Leonard and James — but as O’Connor mentions, because of the Sixers’ combination of cap space and trade assets, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
However intriguing that sounds, though, the Sixers would likely be reluctant to move all of Fultz, Saric, Covington and the first-round draft pick, in turn decimating the roster beyond the starting five. Still, if the option to acquire two superstars is on the table, Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo would at least have to consider the possibility.