These Philadelphia 76ers plays might not be long for the roster.
It’s here; it’s finally here: Draft day. No more mock drafts, no more projection, (almost) no more player profiles; now fans can just sit back and watch as the Philadelphia 76ers draft the best player available at pick 23, someone like Jalen Williams, E.J. Liddell, or Dalen Terry.
… or, more realistically, it’s the day the Sixers will trade the pick before the draft even starts, and the whole night will be a certified bore.
Now granted, one can quibble over whether trading the last first round pick in the team’s portfolio until 2024 is a good idea; the Sixers need good, high-upside wings, and the 2022 NBA Draft might as well be owned by Rick Ross, considering it’s a one-stop wing spot, but that speculation is neither here nor there. Daryl Morey is getting paid the big bucks to build this team to his liking, and he clearly has a very specific idea in mind to do just that.
But do you know what? Pick 23 alone probably isn’t going to get the 76ers that much in return trade value, unless, of course, they want to use it on a young player. The pick doesn’t have much monetary value for cap matching purposes, and since the Sixers are over the cap and over the luxury tax threshold, they can’t exactly take back a Jerami Grant-sized contract without parting with players of their own to make it happen.
Fortunately, the Philadelphia 76ers have a number of quality players who not only have some inherent trade value of their own but can also do wonders from a cap-matching standpoint.