Houston Rockets trade partner rankings: 6. Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently the best team in the Eastern Conference, and that is mainly due to guys that are either certainly unmovable or likely unmovable. Joel Embiid is having an MVP season, making him obviously unmovable.
After him, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris are not going anywhere anytime soon, although for different reasons, and it is unlikely that Danny Green or Seth Curry are traded as well. After those guys, Matisse Thybulle and Tyrese Maxey line up most with what the Rockets would be looking for in a trade.
They are both somewhat promising young players and are on low-paying deals for multiple years. Thybulle is a defensive savant and Maxey has shown the ability to score at a high level and the two could make a great backcourt partnership for the long haul.
If either of those two players ends up not panning out to what they could be, you do not lose much money paying them. However, If they are able to provide substantial contributions they can do so for a few years and at a low price.
This combined with the Sixers’ superior draft assets to the teams listed previously is what lands them in this spot. That being said, the draft assets are still not stellar and their young players are not quite proven enough for them to advance any higher on this list.