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Philadelphia 76ers: A trade for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is unrealistic



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Doc Rivers has coached hundreds of players over his 20 years on various benches across the NBA.

Some, like Paul George, Paul Pierce, and Paul, Chris have been among the best to ever play the game. The Thunder gave SGA a max extension back in August and even if they don’t want to win now, SGA is the type of player who is good enough to build around long-term, especially since he won’t turn 24 until July of 2022.

Could Daryl Morey blow Presti away with a James Harden-esque trade offer like, say, Ben Simmons, Matisse Thybulle, four first-round picks, and four pick swaps? Yeah, as much as I’m sure Presti likes Simmons, I doubt he’d turn down arguably the most lopsided trade of the decade, but between you and me, I don’t see that happening. Gilgeous-Alexander’s value to the Thunder is more than it is to any other team, and thus, agreeing to a trade just isn’t viable, especially since the Thunder don’t need to trade their best player.

Would a Big 3 of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyrese Maxey, and Joel Embiid be good enough to make the Philadelphia 76ers the best team in the East? Probably not, but that lineup would certainly be better than the team right now, which is all the Philadelphia 76ers can really ask for, considering the increasing discomfort of having to play complete teams without a full deck of cards.

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