Grading the trade for the Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers and James Harden partnership is over after a season and a half, and the Sixers get a star in DeMar DeRozan.
DeRozan is better than any player that they would receive in a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, and he would step in and replace Harden in the starting lineup. The downside of making this deal for Philadelphia would be not getting a first-round pick in return.
Although they land two second-round picks in the deal, DeRozan is on an expiring contract and could leave them for nothing after next season. Harden is worth more than that, and they could land multiple role players for him in a different trade.
DeRozan wouldn't be an awful fit, and he would start next to Tyrese Maxey in the backcourt. He brings the type of energy and vibes that Philadelphia needs, and their fans would love him. This is the definition of a win-now move on the Sixers' end, and they would have a chance to contend next season.
Potential starting lineup: Tyrese Maxey, DeMar DeRozan, Tobias Harris, P.J. Tucker, Joel Embiiid
The Sixers get a B- for this trade because they landed a star to play next to Embiid. The fact that he is only under contract for one is concerning though, but Harden's contract was expiring as well.
If the DeRozan fit in Philadelphia doesn't work, they could look to move him later in the season, and a contending team could potentially give up draft capital to land him.
They also don't land a first-round pick in this, and Harden is worth at least one. They also lose tons of shooting by losing Harden and don't get any back in return.
There are pro's and con's to this trade, but DeRozan in Philly could work.