Considering there’s little chance the Sixers think to even trade their MVP-caliber center, Simmons will more than likely be the odd-man-out this year if the Sixers do decide to split up the duo of young stars.
However, a new “Bold” trade scenario from Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley would land the Sixers a player that nobody has really discussed too much yet; Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward.
“For Philly this would swap out Simmons for a better fitting Embiid co-star. Hayward may not have a go-to elite skill, but that’s kind of the point. His ability to shape-shift between secondary scoring, playmaking, shot-creating and shooting roles would allow him to complement Embiid however needed and coexist with the likes of Tobias Harris, Seth Curry and whomever else the Sixers retain on their roster.”
So, this isn’t the prettiest trade idea for the Sixers. Landing Hayward might be a better offensive complement to Embiid’s game, but it still leaves the Sixers with notable question marks elsewhere in the starting lineup.