3 76ers on Thin Ice After James Harden Trade

Now that a James Harden deal is finally done, these 76ers could be the next to leave Philadelphia if they aren't careful.

De'Anthony Melton is one of three Philadelphia 76ers who are on thin ice following Monday's James Harden trade.
De'Anthony Melton is one of three Philadelphia 76ers who are on thin ice following Monday's James Harden trade. / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Jaden Springer

There was decent hype surrounding Jaden Springer ahead of the 2023-24 NBA season. After all, the former Tennessee Volunteer was just named the 2023 NBA G League Finals MVP after leading the Delaware Blue Coats to their first title in franchise history.

Fast forward to the regular season and it's been the same Springer that 76ers fans have come to know. The 21-year-old has been limited to just six minutes per outing, averaging a single point while shooting 25.0% from the floor.

You can chalk up his underwhelming play to a small sample size, but advanced stats tell more of the story. Springer is only averaging 8.1 points per 100 possessions compared to 23.4 last year. His minus-9.3 OBPM is also significantly worse than his career average (minus-2.7).

Regardless of how you look at it, that's disappointing play coming from 2021's 18th overall selection.

Do I think the 76ers will actively try to shop Springer if his play doesn't turn around? No, but they'll likely be more willing to include him in a trade if it means getting Joel Embiid more help. There's bound to be at least one team out there that believes in the Charlotte, NC native's potential.

Hopefully, Springer finds a way to make the most of his limited opportunities to help Philly succeed this season.