The Philadelphia 76ers just became a possible trade partner for the Detroit Pistons
Even without Harden, the 76ers are still contenders for the top of the Eastern Conference, as they still have reigning MVP Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, who is playing like an All-Star so far this season.
But it’s not unreasonable to think they might want to upgrade at some point to add more scoring and shooting, as they are short on floor spreaders around Embiid. The 76ers could certainly come calling about Alec Burks, Bojan Bogdanovic or if they a truly desperate, Joe Harris.
The problem for the Detroit Pistons is that they have struggled offensively at times without Bogdaovic’s shooting and Burks has been one of the keys to their 2-2 start, as he has given them a huge boost off the bench.
Trading either of them would likely be a step back for a Pistons team that is trying to go the other direction, so it’s hard to see Detroit having interest in an offer from Philly unless they were well out of it by the trade deadline.
However, Burks is on an expiring deal and Bogdanovic’s is only partially guaranteed next season, so there is some amount of risk to keeping them, though Burks looks like a player Detroit might want to re-sign to a new deal.
It’s also financially difficult to come up with a trade involving Bogdanovic, and it’s unlikely the Pistons would get enough for Burks to justify moving him given his importance to the team right now.
But Philadelphia is still a team to watch as the trade deadline approaches. They aren’t the only team to keep an eye on.