Not only did Mikal Bridges grow up in Pennsylvania and play college ball at Villanova, but he was also selected by his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers, back during the 2018 NBA Draft.
Unfortunately for him, the fairytale didn't last longer than a few moments, as he was subsequently traded to the Phoenix Suns that very night for the draft rights to guard Zhaire Smith and a 2021 first-round pick, a move that ultimately "pissed off" the forward.
As the years have gone by, it's highly likely that the Sixers now share this same reaction, as Smith is now suiting up in the G League for the Cleveland Charge while Bridges is a budding star with the Nets.
Considering this, coupled with their rumored desire to be seeking top-flight talents during this year's trade season, there's a possibility that Daryl Morey and company may look to have a do-over with the one that got away.
With the likes of Nick Nurse, Tyrese Maxey, and, of course, reigning MVP and superstar big Joel Embiid leading the charge, there's no secret that Philadelphia is looking for a way to take home their first championship since 1983.
Adding a guy of Bridges' caliber as a second or third option alongside this duo could be seen as an ideal way for the team to better position themselves for a run at glory this season, while also making up for their draft night blunder six years ago.
Should Nets fans expect to see their cornerstone be sent packing ahead of February's deadline? No, and especially not to a direct divisional rival like the 76ers. That said, the franchise should prepare themselves for such a call.