1: Joel Embiid
James Harden showing up to Sixers training camp doesn’t mean he’s happy to stay with Philadelphia for another year. Rather than be fined, he showed up to work. His desire to be traded hasn’t changed.
The Sixers’ outlook isn’t looking good, with or without Harden. At this point, the team isn’t going to get the haul they want in return for him, and even if he did want to be in Philadelphia, there are still his recent playoff shortcomings.
Embiid is committed to winning a championship, and even though he’s trusted the process, it hasn’t been kind to him and Sixers fans. The last time Philadelphia made it to the Eastern Conference Finals was in 2001, and if Daryl Morey can’t orchestrate a deep playoff run in 2024, Embiid could be on the way out next summer.
Honestly, it wouldn’t be surprising if the star center hit the trade market before the February deadline. It’s the NBA, and anything can happen.
Embiid should be the top player on the Knicks’ radar, especially because he’d fit perfectly next to Jalen Brunson. He already has a relationship with Leon Rose, and New York is no longer viewed as a joke of an organization. The reigning MVP wouldn’t get to choose where he’s traded if things come to that, but it’d be hard to believe that NYC wouldn’t be at the top of his list.