A big reason why the Sixers have to trade away their prized assets is their lack of a legitimate point guard.
While Joel Embiid is a legitimate option, the Sixers could use a guy with the size, length and offensive potential to play a complementary role to the big man.
One player with this profile could be 6’9/230 forward Josh Hart, who is currently on a one-year deal.
The Sixers have already received interest from several teams for Hart, and they could potentially get a second-round pick for him if he leaves in free agency.
Hart has also had his fair share of injury issues in recent years, and he has struggled to play in the post since coming to Philadelphia.
A big difference between a guy like Hart and Embiids is their ability to shoot.
Hart shot 37.5 percent from the field in his rookie season, while Embiidi’s numbers were even worse at 44.5.
Both are shooting well from beyond the arc, but Hart shoots less than 50 percent from deep, and Embis is shooting a much lower percentage.
This could help Hart’s case as a potential trade partner for Philadelphia, who are in need of a shooter at the guard position.
Another name that could help the Sixers is 7’0/200 forward Tyshawn Taylor.
The 6’7 Taylor has had an inconsistent career in Philly, but he has some upside.
Taylor averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.7 minutes per game in his first season with the Sixers, but struggled mightily the second half of the season, shooting just 39.1 percent from beyond five feet.
Taylor also struggled to find his footing on offense, shooting 40.6 percent from three-point range in his final season in Philly.
While Taylor could be an upgrade at point guard, it will likely be up to the Sixers to find another team willing to take on the $5 million price tag.
The Celtics are the front-runners for Hart and Taylor, but there’s also some competition from the Bulls, Timberwolves, Hornets, Mavericks and Spurs.
The Nets are also rumored to be interested in Hart, while the Pelicans are rumored to have interest in Taylor.
The Sixers should look to make a move before free agency begins on July 1.
The draft will take place on June 23 and is expected to feature a number of teams, including teams that are already competing for a playoff spot.
The Philadelphia 76ers will have two free agents, but they won’t have to make any moves if they don’t have an offer.
The 76ers should be able to grab Hart and some help in return for their second-rounder and pick in the draft.