5 Trades the Philadelphia 76ers Should Already Be Considering
Landing a trade that successfully benefits every team involved can be difficult to do, but it is something that the Philadelphia 76ers need to seriously consider doing.
The Sixers are currently 12-13, and while we're only 25 games into the season, their record is still significantly lower than they would probably have liked.
A quick look at Philadelphia's roster suggests that their most pressing need is for a big man. Their backcourt is extremely versatile and efficient, however, their frontcourt is severely lacking.
Trading for Andrew Bynum is looking like one of the poorer trades in franchise history as he hasn't played a single game yet.
Unfortunately for the Sixers, his absence is also what has caused such a lack of production among Philly's big guys thus far.
When looking at possible deals, it's important to think about all of the factors that can possibly affect a deal.
Factors such as a player's salary, team needs and whether or not they are in the same conference all play major roles.
With that being said, let's take a look at five deals that the Philadelphia 76ers should already be considering.
All statistics in this article are accurate as of games played through Dec. 19.
Two Sixers and Future First Round Draft Pick to Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith
Philadelphia's backbone lies in how they play defense. Their foundation is their defense and they build from there.
That's why Smith would be such a great fit with the Sixers.
Smith shapes his game similarly to how Philadelphia does. He's one of the best defensive players in the NBA. His athleticism allows him to make plays away from the basket by jumping passing lanes for easy transition buckets, plus he can make highlight-reel blocks right at the hoop.
Defensively, the man does it all.
His offense leaves a bit to be desired, though. Smith has suffered from a poor shot selection for the majority of his career. He tends to settle for tough jump shots, even though he's proven that he can get to the paint with consistency.
Still though, regardless of how suspect his offense may seem at times, the Sixers would benefit from everything that he brings to the game.
Of course, there's always a price to pay.
That price would be getting rid of one of the surprise players of the 2012-2013 season in Thaddeus Young.
Young has been exceptional up to this point. He's played out of position all season, but still shut down nearly every opponent that he's played. Most importantly, he's done all of this without complaining at all.
It's hard to say if he'll continue his great season, but it's safe to say that this is the best possible time for Young to get moved. His value is at its absolute highest so sending him to another team is in Philadelphia's best interest at this point in the season.
There's still a question mark on Moultrie as he hasn't gotten much playing time this season. At this point he's just a promising young player, but one that the Hawks could certainly be interested in.
Four Sixers to New York Knicks for Amar'e Stoudemire and James White
Stoudemire is nearing a return to playing, but he just might be in for a rude awakening. The Knicks are currently the top team in the Eastern Conference and he's yet to play a game. They seem to be firing on all cylinders, including with their big men.
Is there even a spot for him?
Of course there is with a man as talented as Stoudemire. The problem is that the spot might not be what he's looking for. Sure, he's said that he's willing to come off the bench, but everybody knows that his talent level is not that of a bench player. He's a star and one that Philadelphia could thrive with.
The biggest issue with this trade doesn't come from the players involved or with the team's salaries. Young, Hawes and Brown are all dispensable players, but ones that could fill key holes for New York. Stoudemire is great and White holds some value to Philadelphia with his athleticism and ability to score in bursts.
The main problem with this trade is that it's between two division rivals. Trading between teams in the same division comes with a dangerous cost.
It means that those players will have to be playing against their former teams on a fairly consistent basis and nobody wants to do that.
The players don't and the teams don't.
The trade is nearly impossible, but it does make sense for both teams. Plus, like I said before, we're trying to have some fun here.
Three-Team Trade Sending Paul Millsap and Alec Burks to Philadelphia
Here is the most complicated trade of the bunch, but certainly one of the most mutually beneficial.
This is a three-team trade that sends Michael Beasley and Marcin Gortat to the Utah Jazz, Lavoy Allen and Thaddeus Young to the Phoenix Suns, and Alec Burks and Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Did you get all of that?
If not, let's break it down a bit.
Beasley and Gortat will both get fresh starts on the Jazz. Beasley in particular could already use a new environment, and Utah head coach Ty Corbin is the kind of coach that might be able to tame his game. Gortat is unhappy with his role in Phoenix's system so a move only makes sense.
Young would be able to move into Beasley's current spot with the Suns and play his natural position. Allen can continue to grow as a young player with a team that is also growing up as a squad.
As for the Sixers, they would be getting the incredibly talented Millsap. He's proven that he can contribute as an undersized power forward and he'll be a perfect fit for the Sixers up tempo game. He's not a defensive liability, but also doesn't do anything too great on that end of the floor.
Burks is a slasher in every sense of the term. He gets to the rim and always seems to do it with ease. Unfortunately for Burks, he's stuck on the end of Utah's deep bench, meaning that he barely ever sees the floor. His talents would be best served in a new organization and one that believes in him.
This trade works for all of the teams involved and allows each one to get people that fill their position of need.
Out of all of the trades on the list, this might be the one with the most promise.
Three Philly Pieces to Indiana Pacers for David West and Paul George
Both George and West would be ideal fits in Philadelphia.
West fills Philly's need for a power forward in multiple ways.
His post defense, while not anything extraordinary, is still sufficient. Offensively, though, West is an extremely strong player from anywhere on the floor. He has a variety of post moves on top of a deadly mid-range jump shot. The most important number in this deal is that West is 32 years old. He just might be old enough for the Pacers to feel comfortable moving him with a younger piece.
George is a rising star and the key to the trade. The deal relies on whether or not the Pacers would be willing to move such a prized piece. If they would, then his talents would be more than welcome in Philadelphia. He can lock any player down on defense, then go to the offensive end of the floor and knock down any shot on the court.
George is as versatile as they come.
Putting Young and Moultrie together would give the Pacers a little bit of the youth that they're losing by sending away George. The first round pick is there as an extra incentive to help to even out the deal.
While not easy, pulling a deal similar to this one off would put the Sixers in a great position moving forward.
Andrew Bynum to the Portland Trail Blazers for LaMarcus Aldridge
Let's title this one as "The Untouchable Trade".
Bynum has done almost nothing positive since he's arrived in Philadelphia, but that doesn't mean that he's lost all of his value.
If Philadelphia was truly unsure about Bynum's future with the organization and if he was going to re-sign with the Sixers at the end of the year, then moving him this season might be the smartest move.
Aldridge is one of the top power forwards in the league and one that could bring some of what Bynum was supposed to bring to Philadelphia.
There's also a question as to how safe Aldridge is from getting moved.
Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reported on Aldridge's trade rumors. It appears as though Aldridge doesn't feel like he's untouchable:
I don't play the politics of the media game. I don't read or listen to the media. I'm not going to waste my time doing that. People are going to say what they want to say and that's fine.
Nobody is safe. Nobody. You can never get too comfortable in this league. It's a business. I don't look at myself and think I can't be touched. I'm just being real. All I can do is go out there and play basketball to the best of my ability.
When it comes to risk, Portland is the team taking nearly all of it in this trade.
They have to go about getting a man that might not re-sign with their team. Also, is Bynum going to even be healthy enough to play consistently this year?
He would have to pass a physical before the trade could be completed, so it would have to be weeks away before something like this could go through.
Philadelphia shook up the NBA once this summer, maybe they'll find a way to do it again before the trade deadline.