The Philadelphia 76ers are in the market for shooters who could help maximize Ben Simmons’ playmaking abilities. The team is willing to trade either Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor or Joel Embiid to get the floor spacers they want.
The Chicago Bulls have a pair of young perimeter riflemen the 76ers might be interested in. They are small forward Doug McDermott and rookie shooting guard Denzel Valentine, who are both mentioned in recent Chicago Bulls rumors.
McDermott is coming off a productive sophomore campaign with the Bulls. On the other hand, Valentine dazzled NBA scouts in the NCAA after posting a near triple-double season with the Michigan State Spartans.
The Ringer stated that McDermott and Valentine are both high-IQ shooters who could space the floor for Simmons. In order to obtain the long-range duo, the 76ers would have to ship Jahlil Okafor to the Bulls, which happens to be his hometown team.
Bryan Colangelo, the 76ers general manager, is aware that the team is loaded at the center position. He reiterated that it would take an exceptional trade package to disband the trio of Noel, Okafor and Embiid.
“There’s no question you can look at our roster and say we have some unbalance. We’re top heavy. We have some good talent there,” said Colangelo, via Real GM. “We have to figure out what we’re going to do with everybody. When you look at the calls coming in, quite frankly, everyone’s trying to poach a big man from us.”
With versatile Croatian big man Dario Saric finally joining the 76ers next season, it is highly-likely that the team will trade Okafor. He has more value in the trade market than the offensively-limited Noel and the injury-stricken Embiid.
If the shooting tandem of McDermott and Valentine won’t be enough for the 76ers, maybe the prospect of trading for Jimmy Butler will do the trick. The 76ers would need to package Okafor with several of its future first round picks to acquire Butler.
According to The Sixer Sense, 76ers fans have been craving for Butler all season long. He could be one half of the duo that will lift the franchise out of NBA obscurity.
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