5 exchanges Sixers can make to move Danny Green, number 23 picks to help now

The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to position themselves to make moves this off-season that will put the right pieces around Joel Embiid and James Harden and make them legitimate Eastern Conference contenders.

To free up enough room to make the moves they want to make – see PJ Tucker – they need to make a trade leading to Thursday’s NBA draft, which kicks off at 8pm EST.

The Sixers aggressively bought veteran Danny Green and the number 23 pick in Thursday’s draft. They haven’t made a deal yet, but with the help of a cap specialist Yossi GozlanSixers Wire has come up with five exchanges to move Green and the choice that produce immediate help for the Sixers.

Note: In order for any of the following exchanges to work, all the players mentioned with unsecured salaries, such as Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Isaiah Joe, should have their salaries guaranteed for these deals to work.

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Gordon would make a useful addition to the Sixers, and they reportedly have an interest in him. He has been playing with Harden from his time together in Houston and pulled 41.2% from deep in a small resurgence in the 2021-22 season. He has been in the league for 14 seasons, has a relationship with Daryl Morey and this deal works for both teams. The Rockets still want to get away from Gordon. Green will likely be lifted as Korkmaz gets a fresh start in Houston, a situation that has less pressure.

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Ross is a career top scorer with 11.2 points per game and as a 10-year veteran, he understands what it takes to be successful in this league. He would be better served in Philadelphia than in Orlando. He saved the Magic in many games when they reached the playoffs in both 2019 and 2020 with his microwave prowess from the bench. Choice No. 23 helps the Magic get another young player to rebuild.

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The problem on the pitch with Beasley is that he’s not great on the defensive side of the pitch. But he can carry offensive skills. He averaged 12.1 points and shot 37.7% in the 2021-22 season as he helped the Timberwolves reach the playoffs. The Sixers are hungry for wing point depth for their bench unit and Beasley would help meet those needs. Joe would start over in Minnesota and develop with less pressure than in Philadelphia.

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A former Villanova player, Hart would make a nice addition to this team’s bench. He provides depth on the wings, which is badly needed, and is a legitimate contributor on both ends. He shot 37.3% with the Trail Blazers after the trade and can make plays for the others. He averaged 14.9 points and 4.1 assists in the 2021-22 season with both the Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans. Portland has set its sights on OG Anunoby after acquiring Jerami Grant, so Hart may be available for the right deal.

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Grabbing Caldwell-Pope would be the best case scenario in a deal for Green. He won a ring with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020 and averaged 13.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in shooting 39% from deep for the Wizards in the 2021-22 season. His prowess on both ends makes him a Sixers starter and playing alongside Harden would work wonders for his 3-point percentage, as he did for Tobias Harris.


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