Proposed Sixers Trade Swaps Fan-Favorite Player for ‘Next Big Three’

Donovan Mitchell, James Harden

Getty James Harden and Donovan Mitchell were teammates at the 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta.

The Donovan Mitchell trade rumors are picking up steam and while the New York Knicks may be leading the race, don’t count out the Philadelphia 76ers. There is an intriguing proposal making the rounds, one that includes losing rising young star Tyrese Maxey.

Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley thinks the Sixers could be tempted to create the NBA’s “Next Big Three” featuring Mitchell, James Harden, and Joel Embiid. The blockbuster trade idea ships out Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Jaden Springer and a future first-round pick to the Utah Jazz for Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson.

Buckley wrote that the deal would be a “huge gamble” for the Sixers while noting team president Daryl Morey’s aggressive track record. It could work.

Yes, it would sting losing Maxey—and, to a lesser extent, the others—but think about the potential prize here. What’s the right way to defend an offense powered by Embiid, Harden and Mitchell? It’s a trick question with no correct answer.

Add an instant-offense flamethrower like Clarkson to the second team, and Philly might have more firepower than any defense is equipped to handle.

Meanwhile, FS1’s Nick Wright proposed a Sixers-Jazz trade where no draft picks are exchanged. He believes an offer of Maxey and Harris should be enough to pry Mitchell away from Utah.

“There would be no picks,” Wright said. “What you would be giving is Tyrese Maxey. That’s the young guy on a rookie contract who could one day be Donovan Mitchell.”

The last part is the rub. Why would the Sixers want to trade Mitchell – a guy who turns 26 on September 7 – when they have the 21-year-old version of him in Maxey? It’s not an automatic instant upgrade, especially not the way Maxey has been draining jumpers in offseason workouts.

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They do have a bit of a history stemming from the 2017-18 season when Simmons beat Mitchell out for Rookie of the Year. Read into it whatever you want. It should also be noted that Mitchell and O’Neal have a tight friendship and jokingly rip on each other all the time.

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