The Philadelphia 76ers are playing top-notch basketball during the first half of the season. Joel Embiid was producing at an MVP level but unfortunately, the injury bug has hit him again. Embiid has been diagnosed with a displaced flap of the meniscus in his left knee.
The seven-time All-Star is mulling the decision between rest/rehab or getting a procedure done. With the future of Embiid murky, the 76ers may need to secure a few moves before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
The Eastern Conference is wide open but Philly needs to figure out a few deals to improve the roster.
1. Marcus Morris Sr.
Forward Marcus Morris Sr. has arrived in the city of Brotherly Love. Morris Sr. was acquired in a three-team trade from the Los Angeles Clippers. The 34-year-old is a native of Philadelphia and was thrilled to join the team.
Morris Sr. is a tough player on both ends of the floor. The Kansas product has the jumper to space the floor and loves to sit in the corner as a catch-and-shoot option. But with the injury to Embiid, the 76ers may need to get creative in how they will better the team.
Morris Sr. is in the final year of a four-year contract that was worth $64 million. He could provide depth in the frontcourt for a potential playoff team and carve out a nice role.
He also has an expiring $17.1 million deal so it wouldn't take much to swap salaries if the right deal presented itself.