1 move Sixers has yet to make after first weekend of NBA Free Agency 2022

While they may not make big headlines, the Philadelphia 76ers have had a solid offseason so far. Highlighted by the draft-night trade for De’Anthony Melton and the free-agent addition of PJ Tucker, Daryl Morey did an excellent job of improving the Sixers’ banking unit. The lack of talent in the second unit has been a major concern with this Sixers team for several years. While the team is moving in the right direction, the off-season work isn’t over.

One rumor that has continued to circulate is the Sixers’ connection to Eric Gordon. Daryl Morey has already landed two former Rockets to play alongside James Harden this offseason. Both PJ Tucker and Danuel House will be influential role players and Gordon would be another player who would fit in well with the team’s stars. The Sixers bench isn’t quite complete just yet, and rotating a few players to round out the roster could make all the difference. With the Rockets and Trail Blazers also still active in the trade market, here’s the move that could get any team the players they want.

1 move Sixers has yet to make after first weekend of NBA Free Agency 2022

Sixers Get: Eric Gordon, Josh Hart

Rockets Get: Eric Bledsoe, Trail Blazers 2024 1st round pick, Sixers 2023 2nd round pick

Getting Trailblazers: Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle

The Rockets have been looking for a trade with Eric Gordon for quite some time. He’s seemingly out of place in her teenage list. The 33-year-old is set to earn $19.5 million next season and is still doing his job at a high level. He’s the only member of the Rockets with a $10+ million cap next season. While the addition of Eric Bledsoe is unlikely to move the meter, he is in the final year of his contract and therefore this would be a move to open pay. The Rockets could either add Bledsoe to youth backcourt for a season and then take the cap spot, or even work toward a buyout if they so desire. This money will be necessary to prepare for the more lucrative contract of their young stars who are just around the corner. Houston would also get the first-round pick Gordon was hoping for, as well as a Sixers second-round pick to smooth things out.

The Portland Trail Blazers are also looking to improve their roster in hopes of building a winner around Dame Lillard. Tobias Harris would be a major upgrade over Eric Bledsoe and Josh Hart and could be a key part of the supporting cast. Matisse Thybulle would also make an impact defensively, which is a weak point for Portland. The team have attempted to terminate Bledsoe’s contract and it would be a general upgrade to sacrifice a first-round pick and Josh Hart in favor of the two Sixers players.

For the Sixers, Josh Hart and Eric Gordon would be the missing pieces in their roster. PJ Tucker, De’Anthony Melton, Eric Gordon, Josh Hart and Danuel House are all enhanced complements. Having a full roster of players who are a good match for James Harden and Joel Embiid is a huge upgrade. While Harris deserves a ton of credit for adapting his role and playstyle during his tenure at Philadelphia, he’s not the most fitting play alongside Embiid. The two tend to work on the floor in the same room at times. Joel Embiid’s post dominance and efficiency from mid-range play better alongside long-distance shooters who spread the ground. That’s exactly what the Sixers were looking for and Eric Gordon would be a great addition for ground clearance.

Many teams around the NBA make the mistake of sacrificing their aptitude for talent. Daryl Morey did an excellent job targeting players who will bring out the best in James Harden and Joel Embiid. Completing this trade would ensure this is the most talented and useful banking unit the Sixers have had in years. Overreaction to the Sixers’ postseason exit has been intense, but there’s reason for optimism in Philly. With Joel Embiid returning to full health, James Harden seemingly fully committed to form, and a better-fit supporting cast — it’s an exciting season ahead for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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