ESPN’s Jalen Rose’s trade proposal of Joel Embiid for Russell Westbrook between the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets is one that we shouldn’t expect to happen, for several reasons.
Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey made headlines on Wednesday when it was announced that Morey will be joining the Philadelphia 76ers as the President of Basketball Operations. Morey is now tasked with turning the Sixers into perennial contenders, while also trying to help the team make it out of the Eastern Conference.
ESPN host and former NBA player Jalen Rose believes Daryl Morey’s first move in Philadelphia should be a trade involving Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook for the Sixers’ star center Joel Embiid.
While analysts such as Stephen A. Smith believe Philly should inquire about James Harden, Rose seems to agree with the pairing of Westbrook and Ben Simmons. The difference between Rose and Smith’s suggestions is that Rose suggests the two team up in Houston, whereas Smith suggests the two pair up in Philadelphia.
This trade can be pretty comfortably labeled as “borderline impossible”, as it is quite unlikely that either side does this deal. That being said, let’s briefly consider how this trade would look for each team, starting with the Sixers.
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