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Four-team swap brings Anthony Davis and John Wall to Philadelphia

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans

Compared to last season, the Philadelphia 76ers has overachieved themselves but they still need to discuss their roster problem. Rumors are swirling they could move some pieces to strike a deal and bring in Anthony Davis and John Wall.

In Philadelphia, the problem unfolds when they saw their big man battling it out for playing minutes. Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, and Nerlens Noel three of the young, talented, and promising centers any team could wish for. Not to mention Brett Brown wants rookie Ben Simmons at the point which brings heavier traffic to their roster.

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In addressing the situation, Brown shuffles his roster but if it persists, trading some of them could be the solution. A proposed deal brings Philadelphia along with the Pelicans, Wizards, and the Celtics together.

How does the deal go?

Seeing the need to discuss the logjam problem, Philadelphia cuts ties with Okafor, Noel, and Embiid along with Ersan Ilyasova and Dario Saric. In return, they would get Anthony Davis from the Pelicans and John Wall from the Wizards.

Philadelphia is one of the teams which have assets that could make this deal possible and they get two superstars. In getting Davis, the 76ers receives a solid player who could work inside the paint and dominate. Aside from that, they also get a point guard who knows how to spread the floor and score if needed.

For the Celtics, they would send Marcus Smart to the Wizards and receive Nerlens Noel, who wants out of Philly. With Noel, the Celtics get a legitimate center, who is young and eager to learn. He could work well with Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas giving the team added threat on the floor.

With the deal, the Wizards starts a mini rebuild getting Smart, Okafor, and Saric injecting new blood to its franchise. Aside from that they also receive the Sacramento 2019 first round pick as part of the package. Smart proved he could deliver with Thomas out, giving him the time he could prove his worth.

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Everyone happy?

For the Pelicans, they get Embiid, Ilyasova, and LA’s 2017 first round pick to open their rebuilding process as well. Originally, the deal would out Simmons to it but since he still needs to show his worth, Embiid would fit. Embiid has shown what he can do despite playing limited minutes and he would be a great addition. This would release the  Pelicans of their contract obligations to Davis in the process.

ESPN’s trade machine approves the deal per salary and trade rules making things legal for teams to explore. Philadelphia wants a solution to their logjam problem and this deal might work to their favor. Aside from addressing their problem, they also get legit stars who could propel them to contenders in the East.

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