5 Trades That Could Take Philadelphia 76ers to the Next Level

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5 Trades That Could Take Philadelphia 76ers to the Next Level
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Thaddeus Young has had a great year so far, but will he remain with the team all season?

If the 76ers" target="_blank">Philadelphia 76ers want to have a legitimate shot at making a deep run in this year's playoffs, then they'll need to execute some trade that takes them to the next level.

A 15-20 record that has the team two games out of a playoff spot is hardly where Philadelphia wanted to be through its first 35 games.

But it's important to remember that it's still only 35 games.

There are 17 remaining matchups until the February 21st trade deadline, meaning that the Sixers have under two months to make that game-changing move that puts the franchise in a better direction.

On December 19, 2012, I wrote an article about trades that Philly should already be considering and used Thaddeus Young in almost every trade scenario. Young had moved into the starting rotation and couldn't have been thriving more. At the time, I felt like he would best be served as trade bait, rather than a member of the Sixers.

Fast-forward to present day and my thoughts have slightly changed.

I received quite a few comments about why I was wrong about dishing out Young, and many of them did a good job at changing my mind. You'll still see him as a part of some of the trades, but know that some of you have successfully changed my mind on where Young fits in to Philadelphia's future.

Okay, the prelude is over, so let's get into the trade talk.

Here's a look at five trades that could take Philly to the next level.

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