The Philadelphia 76ers are approaching free agency with rumors swirling. Former Heat player and, more importantly, former Rocket P.J. Tucker is reportedly all but set to join the Sixers once free agency officially begins tomorrow at 6 pm ET. The news isn’t all about Tucker, however, as the Sixers are rumored to be shopping around the trade market, including placing Matisse Thybulle on the trade market.
In a recent report on Bleacher Report, Jake Fischer stated that Thybulle’s name has been the most active in trade conversations. Not only that, but two teams have been frequently connected to Thybulle, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Both teams are interesting fits for Thybulle as they are certainly in need of some perimeter defense. The question, though, is what would come back to Philadelphia in return? Does either of these teams have the pieces necessary to get a deal done? The Dallas Mavericks will be discussed at another time. In this piece, the focus is the Portland Trail Blazers.
If the Portland Trail Blazers are truly interested in Matisse Thybulle, what could they offer Daryl Morey and the Philadelphia 76ers?
Even with the draft-day addition of De’Anthony Melton and the likely addition of P.J. Tucker, the Sixers still have plenty of needs on the roster. The team will have to find a new starting wing and backups at guard, wing, and even a veteran center (though not a necessity). Not all of those needs can be identified by one trade, but the 76ers can make the team markedly better as a complete unit.
The Philadelphia 76ers effectively have three options when looking at a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers. They could opt to focus on saving money and, more importantly, obtaining future assets, they could add what veteran talent the Blazers have to offer, or they could target the crown jewel of the Blazers’ tradeable assets.