The Sixers have been involved in several rumors regarding a blockbuster trade this offseason being among teams willing to discuss with the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Durant, who demanded out of New York this summer.
Recently, Shams Charania and Tony Jones of The Athletic reported that the Jazz are back to having conversations regarding the All-Star guard. The Sixers could also be involved in the Mitchell’s sweepstakes if the Jazz lower their asking price, per Justin Grasso of SI.
As of now, in the same fashion that Durant situation is unveiling, Utah is not in a hurry to trade Mitchell. They’re definitely listening to offers for the 3-time All-Star, but, the Jazz are hoping to receive a similar or better package than the one they accepted for Gobert.
Donovan Mitchell still has four years and $134,8M left in his current contract with the Utah Jazz, and, while it’s unclear what the Jazz are asking now, the price remains too high for the Philadelphia 76ers, per Grasso.
According to Grasso, the Sixers are feeling comfortable with what they have as of now with a roster headlined by Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. If we had to make a guess Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle could be the odd-men out in a potential trade.
However, a package centered around Harris and Thybulle is obviously not strong enough to bring a multi-time All-Star like Kevin Durant or Mitchell back. The Sixers improved their depth this offseason with Melton, Tucker and House Jr.
It will be strange to see the team giving up the newly acquired depth without letting the 2022-23 squad see any action in the floor. As for Mitchell, the Hornets and the Wizards are two other teams willing to give up assets to acquire the 3-time All-Star, per Shams.