Fake trade proposal has Sixers acquiring Donovan Mitchell from Jazz

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The Philadelphia 76ers have already made a few moves in this offseason in order to improve the roster and the depth surrounding their star duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are done just yet.

It is only July in the NBA summer and that means that there are still roughly a little over two months to go before training camp begins before the 2022-23 season. The Sixers are still looking to add to the roster and wouldn’t mind adding a third star to officially form a Big 3 in the City of Brotherly Love.

A new mock trade proposal whipped up by Bleacher Report has the Sixers giving a call to the Utah Jazz to inquire about star guard Donovan Mitchell.

Fake trade proposal

Jazz receive: Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Jaden Springer, and future first-round pick

Sixers receive: Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson

B/R on why the Sixers do this deal

Yes, it would sting losing Maxey—and, to a lesser extent, the others—but think about the potential prize here. What’s the right way to defend an offense powered by Embiid, Harden and Mitchell? It’s a trick question with no correct answer.

Add an instant-offense flamethrower like Clarkson to the second team, and Philly might have more firepower than any defense is equipped to handle.

Analyzing the deal from a Sixers standpoint

The Sixers are still looking to grow as a group and adding a guy like Mitchell is the third star they are looking for. He averaged 25.9 points and 5.3 assists in the 2021-22 season and his career playoff averages are 28.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. Adding a guy like that would make Philadelphia’s offense more diverse and it would give the opposition headaches to try and stop them.

Parting with Maxey would be incredibly tough. However, the Sixers are in a win-now timeline and if they believe that Mitchell can push them over the top at the moment, it has to at least be considered. Philadelphia is looking to get over the top and win a championship now.

What team will trade for Donovan Mitchell?

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