An article by Bleacher Report suggests the Nets should trade for 76ers superstar Joel Embiid and we can’t stop laughing.
As evidenced by the blockbuster signings of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks is motivated to put a championship-caliber team on the floor as early as next season.
The two most high-profile players who have actually been linked (via trade) to Brooklyn are Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine. While those rumors were enticing, they merely mentioned the 45-year-old GM was “interested” in trading for them. Nobody ever confirmed the Nets were actually planning to pursue the two ball-dominant scorers this offseason.
That was followed with media members engaging in debates over what stars would fit on the Nets’ revamped roster and which players on the current team would be a part of the hypothetical trade package to acquire them. As expected, salary cap wasn’t considered, and largely illogical names were brought up.
In this deal (which would never happen), the Nets would unload Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen — the three most coveted members of their young core — plus the No. 19 overall pick in the 2020 Draft and an additional first-rounder.
We understand the value Embiid would bring to Brooklyn, as he’s arguably the best big in the game today. Over the last three seasons, the three-time All-Star has averaged 24.4 points, 12 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game on 48.1% shooting.
However, the Sixers stud is also incredibly injury prone. Not only was he sidelined for the first two years of his career with a foot injury resulting from complications with a navicular fracture, but he’s never played more than 64 games in any season. Fans in Philadelphia are forced to hold their collective breathe whenever Embiid hits the deck, and that is something we would like to avoid experiencing on a nightly basis.
Giving up three homegrown players, all of whom have legitimate star potential (plus two first-round picks), for a player who spends almost as much time on the sidelines as he does on the hardwood would be senseless. And the nonsensical trade is coming from inside the division! Nope!
Depending on who the Sixers hire to replace former head coach Brett Brown, Embiid’s future with the organization could become cloudy. We get the fun in brainstorming potential blockbuster trades, but suggesting the former No. 1 overall pick being dealt to the Nets, regardless of the undeniable value Philly would receive in return, makes absolutely zero sense.
When you couple Brooklyn’s depth at center in Allen and DeAndre Jordan with Embiid’s lengthy injury history — which will likely worsen as he gets older — we wholeheartedly detest every aspect of this deal.