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Sixers Fielding Trade Offers for 2 Key Starters: Report

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Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey has never been shy about making big changes. On Draft Night 2020, we saw him take a series of steps to completely redesign the roster in just one day. Almost two years later, a similar type of performance could be in the works.

News surfaced recently that the Sixers are looking to tie Danny Green and the 23rd pick in one trade in the upcoming draft. In an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Keith Pompey explained that the Sixers are soliciting bids for several key players, most notably Tobias Harris.

While Harris played near All-Star level during his time in Philadelphia, he accounts for a large portion of the team’s cap spot as the highest-paid player. Terminating his contract is crucial as the Sixers prepare to pay James Harden and later Tyrese Maxey.

Finding a partner to take over Tobias Harris’ contract could be a challenge, but a market could form for some of the others. While he’s due for an extension soon, teams will be sure to do their due diligence on a guy like Thybulle. Fresh from his second straight all-defense selection, the young forward immediately raises a team’s bottom on defense.

One team to watch out for in a Thybulle trade is the Chicago Bulls. In addition to being a former member of the Sixers’ front office, their GM Marc Eversley has a known interest in acquiring the former first-round pick.

Much like the Sixers, the Bulls are in a bind of having to pay off one of their star players this summer. If they decide not to offer Zach LaVine a Max contract, it could open the door for Morey to add another superstar trade to his résumé.

After acquiring DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball last summer, the Bulls are looking to compete in the Eastern Conference. That said, if they moved away from LaVine, a sign-and-trade would be the most likely outcome. Given Eversley’s extreme interest in Thybulle, Morey may be able to put together a package that could close a deal of this magnitude.

Harris may not be in the same league as LaVine, but he’s still a reliable player in that league. A nearly 20-points-a-game scorer, he can slip behind DeRozan and All-Star center Nikola Vucevic to form a new big three in Chicago. Adding role players like Thybulle and the others mentioned can also add depth.

There’s no telling what Morey has in store this offseason, but nothing can be left off the table given his track record.

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