Philadelphia 76ers’ Top Trade Targets for 2020 – Luke Kennard and More

| May 23, 2020 1:00 am PDT

The sports world has come to a crashing halt, but there is hope the NBA season can resume. Even if it doesn’t, though, there’s always (probably) next year.

Several teams have to look to the future no matter what, and one could be the Philadelphia 76ers. There has been speculation that the team could trade Joel Embiid, but even if they don’t do that, they probably need to fill some gaps.

Their depth is about to be destroyed, with the likes of Alec Burks, Furkan Korkmaz, Glenn Robinson III, Kyle O’Quinn, and Raul Neto scheduled to leave as free agents.

One way or another, change is coming for the Sixers. That leads us to some trades the Philadelphia 76ers should make in 2020. Big or small, there are a few moves they need to consider.

Luke Kennard, SG, Pistons

This is a nice little trade the 76ers could do if they want to retool a bit without disrupting their core. It makes sense, as the Sixers have felt like they’re a title threat for a while now.

One problem they have is reliable depth. They could lose some of it in free agency, so grabbing a useful perimeter threat like Kennard could help.

Kennard can stroke it from long range (39.9%), but he also developed as a playmaker last season. That added shooting and playmaking ability could give the Sixers a significant boost, whether he starts or comes off the bench.

Detroit probably wouldn’t hand Kennard over for nothing, but a package including Zhaire Smith and some picks could do the trick for a rebuilding Pistons squad.

Bradley Beal, SG, Wizards

We have suggested Beal to a number of teams during this process, but that’s because he’s a great player that could be shopped.

Philly should have interest, as they could upgrade over Josh Richardson and also potentially move Al Horford’s disgusting contract. It’d take a little sacrifice, but if they included Zhaire Smith, Shake Milton, and Matisse Thybulle (along with draft picks), the Wiz could give it a look.

Thomas Bryant could be included to make the money work, while he’d also be a replacement for Horford and help alleviate the loss of O’Quinn, as well.

It’s honestly a great deal for both sides. The Wizards probably wouldn’t love the idea of trading Beal to an Eastern Conference foe, but the package brings them back some nice talent and some more assets.

Marvin Bagley III, PF, Kings

There’s more to this one, as you’d imagine. There have been faint whispers that the Sixers could deal Joel Embiid. He has a checkered injury history, he’s expensive, and he hasn’t always been the easiest personality to manage.

That, and as good as he and the 76ers are together, they haven’t exactly been racking up championships.

If the organization feels the time is right to pull the trigger on a deal (and an awesome package comes their way), they could bite. One such deal could come from the Kings, seeing as they have plenty of assets and considerable young talent to shop.

Sacramento probably likes Marvin Bagley just fine, but if they can get Embiid and kickstart a rapid rebuild (they’ll also own a pick in the lottery of the 2020 NBA Draft), why not give it a look?

Looking at Michael Wynn’s 2020 NBA Draft first-round mock, this year’s point guard class is loaded. Heck, Wynn even has Sacramento selecting a combo guard, which could complicate the future of one De’Aaron Fox.

The Kings could ship out Fox in this deal, while a nice veteran like Cory Joseph matches the money and gives the Sixers a viable bench guard.

Fox and Bagley pair with Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris to give the 76ers a fantastic nucleus that in some ways could be better than how they stand right now.

Who Will the 76ers Trade for in 2020?

If they do anything, it’ll probably be relatively small. They’re losing a lot of bench bodies (although some could come back), and this team needs to work on its overall depth.

Whether it’s Kennard or someone similar, I think another move to bring in some scoring, outside shooting, and playmaking ability makes sense.

Is it possible the Sixers move on from Embiid? Yes, but it’s not necessarily likely to happen just yet. And they’d jump at a trade involving Horford. Figuring out the right deal that makes sense for all parties involved is the difficult part.

Philly owns +3300 NBA Finals odds for this year, per the best NBA sportsbooks. That really isn’t where they need to be given the talent they have in place. That may demand a trade in the near future.

Noah Davis

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