NBA Rumors: Sixers Linked To 2 Stars In Follow-up Trade

As the dust settles on the big James Harden blockbuster trade pulled off overnight, it appears that the Philadelphia 76ers aren't quite done yet. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated is suggesting that Philly president of basketball operations Daryl Morey now has his eye on two other big stars to pursue, using the assets he just obtained for Harden.

Mannix suggests that the Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine and the Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby are Philly's next two targets. 

With Harden gone, the Sixers can use another scorer/ballhandler like LaVine, and All-Defensive Team forward Anunoby is the type of versatile defender that Philly could use against the likes of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and even Giannis Antetokounmpo in the playoffs. 

Both the Bulls and the Raptors have some star players, but as a team, neither of them, as constituted, are going to be factors in the Eastern Conference for now or the near future. Both teams could use a big reset, so dealing the likes of LaVine and Anunoby could certainly make sense. 

The Sixers received two first-round picks in the Harden deal (2026 LAC first-round pick via OKC, and 2028 LAC first-rounder) and many other assets, mainly expiring contracts. Morey feels he can turn some of those around for the star he was originally looking for in a Harden trade.

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