The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to make plenty of moves in the 2022 NBA offseason. They are willing to swing a trade with every player on their roster aside from Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey.
There are really no untouchable Sixers on the roster aside from those three. Any of them should be available and a few of them should definitely be traded away. Although he has been a centerpiece in trade conversations in Philadelphia for years, Tobias Harris isn't one of them.
Harris is certainly not untouchable but the Sixers don't have much to gain by trading him away. Moving on from his immense contract would give the team more salary room but not enough to outright sign a star player like Zach LaVine. Trading him for expiring contracts would likely mean Philly losses a key scorer and defender. For all his flaws, he is still good for nearly 20 points with solid shooting and defense.
Harris proved that he can be a valuable postseason performer in the playoffs. There shouldn't be any rush to trade him away. If LaVine can be obtained in a sign-and-trade or another star forward is available, then the Sixers should look to trade him. If there isn't a good trade out there, it would be a mistake to trade Harris just for the sake of it.
Any Sixers role player should be available for trade. Two of them, in particular, should be shopped by the front office and traded before next season rolls around.
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2 players Sixers must trade in 2022 NBA offseason
2. Danny Green
To no fault of Green, he is best used as a trade piece this offseason. The injuries to his ACL and LCL that Green sustained in the Sixers' final game are to blame.
Green has done a solid job as Philadelphia's shooting guard over the past two seasons. However, now that he is set to miss all of next season with his injuries, Philly doesn't have much of a use for him. Using him in a trade, packaged with their first-round pick, is the best way forward.
Green's $10 million salary makes him easy to trade. His salary matches a lot of other deals throughout the league, which should be helpful in netting the Sixers a different player to use in their rotation. Decent players like Alec Burks, Larry Nance Jr., Royce O'Neale and Monte Morris all make comparable amounts next season.
It's a sad way to get rid of Green, whose career may very well be cut short by this injury. The Sixers can't let that stop them from maximizing their chances at competing with Embiid.
The Sixers should look to trade Thybulle this offseason for a few reasons. Chiefly among them is his inability to contribute late in the season.
Thybulle's offensive value is dependent almost entirely on his shooting. Although the 25-year-old is a pretty solid cutter with the athleticism to finish above the rim, he doesn't create looks for himself and is not a strong playmaker on his own. Shooting below 32 percent from beyond the arc in each of the past two seasons does not inspire much confidence that he can turn it around. Unless it does, teams in the playoffs are able to ignore him.
The Sixers can't play Matisse Thybulle in this series. His defense hasn't come close to offsetting his offensive limitations.
They're playing 4-on-5 offensively with him out there. pic.twitter.com/sff4sY1NjD
— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) May 5, 2022
After the 2022-23 season, Thybulle's contract will expire. Although his defense can be a great asset, he isn't a traditional lockdown player that stays in front of ball-handlers no matter what. His style of covering the ground and disrupting passing lanes is not always super valuable. When tasked with guarding the very best players, it doesn't always go well.
There are other flawed role-players throughout the roster, too, though. So, why is Thybulle the only role player whom the Sixers should showcase in the trade market? Because he is the one that has the most apparent trade value. That defense can be useful for a team looking to become a playoff team. For the Sixers, who need guys that can step up later in the season, it isn't as important.