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Philadelphia 76ers: Daryl Morey clearly won the Tony Bradley trade Part II

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Sure, landing Bradley was all well and good, as even after signing Dwight Howard in free agency and acquiring Vincent Poirier via trade, the Sixers can always use viable big bodies behind Joel Embiid, but Smith was a former top-15 pick the Sixers traded Mikael Bridges to acquire.

After finishing out the first half of the 2020-21 NBA season with the best record in the Eastern Conference – an impressive feat considering they got hit particularly hard with a COVID scare – the Sixers were suddenly without their MVP favorite and would surely slide down the rankings as a result, right?

Not if Tony Bradley had anything to say about it.

Because Bradley is a restricted free agent, the Sixers have three choices to make on his status heading into the offseason: Either sign him to an extension at whatever number they’d like, extend a $5.27 million qualifying offer with an $8.85 million cap hold, or allow him to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

Needless to say, how the Bradley situation breaks down when the season ends will be incredibly fascinating, but do you know who won’t have much to say on the topic? The Detroit Pistons, assuming, of course, they aren’t the team offering Bradley a four-year, $40 million deal, which they very well may be.

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