By Jerry Wein
Sixers big boss Daryl Morey is already working from the ashes of the Sixers playoff flameout to assemble a team around Joel Embiid that can compete for the NBA title.
It’s obvious that the pieces didn’t fit after Morey was forced to trade crybaby Ben Simmons, Seth Curry and Andre Drummond for James Harden.
And the biggest name floated has been Wizards star Bradley Beal.
In March, former NBA champion Andrew Bogut floated the idea Beal would welcome joining the Sixers and forming a Big 3 with Embiid and Harden.
A mock trade from Bleacher Report has the Wizards sending Beal to the Sixers for Tobias Harris and Maxey:
“Brian Windhorst went on to note that Harris and Maxey “have value in a possible trade,” then mentioned Philly would “need a player, potentially near the end of his contract, to come and say, ‘I would like to go and play in Philadelphia.’”
“Could Beal be that player?
“He is down to just a $36.4 million player option left on his contract with the Wizards, who have yet to show any indication they can construct a contender around him.
“The Sixers had interest in him before he underwent season-ending wrist surgery, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, and Harden’s presence wouldn’t necessarily preclude another Beal pursuit.