2. 76ers take maximum draft capital
Philadelphia has to decide what they value most in the return. Do they want young players to start developing, the maximum draft capital to restart “The Process” or some combination of the two? If Joel Embiid demands a trade, the Sixers will be in full rebuild mode and could be looking for a new lead executive. Morey exited Houston just before their downturn and may do the same in Philly.
The Knicks have four first-round picks from other teams over the next two years plus all of theirs available to trade. They could trade eight first-rounders in a historic package, but five is the most anyone has ever given up. New York will not break the record with the young talent already on their roster, but expect Philly to ask for five. That package could look like this.
Morey won’t be happy here. Mitchell Robinson is a steady center, but will always be a role player. Quentin Grimes blossomed into a starter last season, but the 6’5 wing won’t transform into an All-Star. Evan Fournier was out of the Knicks rotation last season but has been a quality role player. Three rotation pieces and five picks aren’t enough for the reigning MVP.
Knicks grade: B+
The Philadelphia 76ers tie for the most first-round draft picks ever received in one trade, but they will not do this deal without R.J. Barrett involved.