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Why Joel Embiid should be traded by the Sixers, per East rivals

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An Eastern Conference coach and general manager both believe the Philadelphia 76ers should trade Joel Embiid this offseason, per Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype.

Sixers general manager Elton Brand could trade Embiid or Ben Simmons this offseason since the two All-Stars are an iffy fit together and haven’t led the team past the second round of the playoffs.

If the Sixers are forced to choose between Embiid and Simmons, it appears Embiid may be the odd man out.

“I would trade Embiid,” one Eastern Conference general manager told HoopsHype. “He’s older and has injury concerns. I think it’s easier to fill in around Simmons. Some teams still value a player like him. You should try to get a young player with All-Star potential and a starter-level player.”

“I think you trade Embiid and turn Simmons into someone like Giannis (Antetokounmpo) or Pascal (Siakam),” one rival Eastern Conference coach said of the Sixers big man. “Add shooting, find a cheap center but end the game with Horford at the five and Tobias at the four. You can’t get off Tobias or Al anyway. The roster fit doesn’t work, and it didn’t work from the start of the season.”

Joel Embiid appeared in 51 games during the 2019-20 regular season. He averaged 23.0 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free-throw line in 29.5 minutes per night.

The Sixers signed Embiid to a five-year, $147.7 million deal before the start of the 2017-18 season. He’s set to make $29,542,010 in 2020-21.

There could be major changes in Philadelphia this offseason, especially after the franchise fired head coach Brett Brown due to the team’s lack of success. The Sixers’ transactions will be tracked closely by the NBA, as several teams are expected to express interest in Simmons and Embiid if the two stars are placed on the trade market.