Sixers Trade Proposal Lands Mikal Bridges From Nets

Mikal Bridges, Brooklyn Nets, Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA trade rumors
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Every team in the NBA needs to manage their assets. Sure, they can spend those assets – but they need to choose wisely. It’s fine to trade for a star player, but you want to ensure it’s the right player for your roster. 

Perhaps that’s why the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t trade for a star at this year’s deadline. They made a smart move for Buddy Hield. Otherwise, the Sixers stood pat – even though they had assets to trade for a star. 

It may be that the right star wasn’t available at the right price. This summer, that’s likely to change. Rumors indicate that a handful of star payers could shake loose in the offseason. Could the Sixers target Mikal Bridges of the Brooklyn Nets? 

NBA Trade Proposal 

Brooklyn Nets Receive: G De’Anthony Melton, F/C Paul Reed, 2028 First-Round Pick (LAC via PHI), 2029 First-Round Pick (PHI), 2031 First-Round Pick (PHI) 

Philadelphia 76ers Receive: G/F Mikal Bridges

The Sixers didn’t trade for a star at the deadline. At least they have a franchise player. Joel Embiid is the league’s reigning MVP. As long as he’s a Sixers, the team has a reference point to build around. 

Recently, it’s starting to look like they’ve got a pair of superstars. Tyrese Maxey has broken out this season. He’s emerged as one of the better guards in the NBA. Do the Sixers have enough? 

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That’s debatable. If the Sixers make a deep playoff run in 2023-24, they may look to hang onto their assets this summer. If they don’t, could they make a move for Bridges? 

Why The Philadelphia 76ers Do The Deal 

You need to find the right stars. That won’t be a problem for the Sixers here. Bridges is a 3-and-D wing who can create shots. He’s the perfect co-star for any roster. 

On the other hand, his defense has regressed with the Nets. The Sixers shouldn’t be concerned. Bridges has been overburdened as a first offensive option in Brooklyn. As the third option in Philadelphia, he’ll have more energy to conserve for the defensive end of the floor. 

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Sure, three first-rounders is a hefty price. The Sixers shouldn’t hesitate to pay it. This team is close to title contention, and Bridges could put them over the top. Should the Nets part with him? 

Why The Brooklyn Nets Do The Deal 

Recent rumors have suggested that the Nets won’t move Bridges. They want to build around him. We’ll believe that when we see it. Bridges is a fantastic player, but he’s not a franchise player. 

The Nets don’t have a franchise player. That’s what they need to change. As it stands, they have a decent amount of draft capital. Still, several teams around the league could outbid them if a star player hit the open market. 

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If they added three unprotected first-round picks to their collection, that would change. Suddenly, the Nets would have an offer that could compete with anyone if a star becomes available. They’ll be willing to spend their assets – as long as it’s the right opportunity, of course. 

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