3 potential trades for Sixers to acquire Jrue Holiday and complete The Process

3 potential trades for Sixers to acquire Jrue Holiday and complete The Process

Despite Anthony Davis’ trade request rocking the NBA landscape this week, there’s a different Pelicans All-Star that the Sixers, just a week before the league’s trade deadline, should be targeting: guard Jrue Holiday.

The Sixers' three main weaknesses at this moment are (in order) point-of-attack defense, secondary ball-handling, and lack of spacing. Holiday is a competent enough shooter (35.6 percent from deep for his career) to keep opposing defenses at ease while Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler cook with the ball in their hands. He’s more than capable of running the team’s offense while Simmons works as a roll man at the 4 or Butler cuts off ball. Most importantly, he’s an elite on-ball defender, landing on the All-Defensive First Team last year, filling a massive hole left vacant after Robert Covington’s departure back in November.

Acquiring Holiday serves the team’s most pressing on-court needs while also providing the additional benefit of shutting up your one uncle who hasn’t stopped complaining about “Scam Hinkie” trading away Holiday six years ago at every family holiday dinner. His departure from Philadelphiaa kicked off the franchise’s rebuilding plan, so it’s only fitting that The Process comes full circle with Holiday in Sixers red, white and blue once again.

Here are three different ways the Sixers could catapult in the Eastern Conference standings and land Holiday:

Trade Option No. 1

Sixers receive: Holiday

Pelicans receive: F Wilson Chandler, G Markelle Fultz, 2019 Sixers first rounder, 2021 Heat first-round pick (via Sixers)

New Orleans begins its massive teardown a bit early ahead of the eventual Davis trade, as the Pelicans acquire two future first rounders, including a juicy unprotected first from Miami in 2021, as well as Markelle Fultz, who I have no idea how to properly value at this point, but who presents head coach Alvin Gentry with a massive reclamation project.

Trade Option No. 2

Hawks receive: G Furkan Korkmaz, G Frank Jackson, 2019 Kings second-rounder (via Sixers), Bulls 2019 second-rounder (via Sixers)

Sixers receive: Holiday, F Nikola Mirotic, F Taurean Prince

Pelicans receive: Chandler, Fultz, G Zhaire Smith, F/C Mike Muscala, C Justin Patton, 2019 Sixers first-rounder, Sixers 2021 first-rounder , 2021 Heat first-rounder (via Sixers)

Things get a little dicier when trying to incorporate Mirotic’s salary and be realistic about roster spots, but this three-team deal gets the job done.

While the Sixers should be hesitant to add any players who could be turnstiles defensively, Brett Brown and, more importantly, Joel Embiid seem keen on having a stretch big man on the roster. Mirotic would be an easy upgrade on both ends of the court over Mike Muscala in that Ersan Ilyasova-patented role. Mirotic may not draw as many charges as Ilyasova does on defense, but he can best the former Sixer offensively.

The Sixers loved blitzing teams without Embiid on the court during last season’s stretch run with lineups centered around Simmons and multiple shooters. Mirotic is shooting 36.8 percent on his three-pointers this year and Ilyasova is making just 34.5 percent of his. What makes that difference even more remarkable is that Mirotic is shooting three times as many threes per game than Ilyasova (7.2 compared to 2.4).

A lineup of Simmons, Landry Shamet, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler and Mirotic would be two transition three-pointers away from blowing the roof off the Wells Fargo Center in an April playoff game. Add in a fourth quarter pick-and-roll alley-oop from Holiday to Simmons too and you’ll have me shirtless in the mezzanine level.

The Pelicans get a larger package in return this time around that includes a young lottery pick from last summer in Smith and a future pick from Dallas. The Hawks snag a couple of picks to take a swing on for their help in moving salaries while the Sixers also get back a solid young wing in Prince to round out their rotation

Trade Option No. 3

Lakers receive: F/C Anthony Davis, F Darius Miller

Sixers receive: Holiday

Pelicans receive: Chandler, Fultz, G Lonzo Ball, G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, F Brandon Ingram, 2019 Sixers first-rounder, 2019 Lakers first-rounder, 2021 Heat first-rounder (via Sixers), 2021 Lakers first-rounder, 2023 Lakers first-rounder

Let’s call this one “The Klutch Sports Special.” Davis gets what appears to be his preferred destination in Los Angeles alongside LeBron James. The Sixers, home to Klutch Sports client Ben Simmons, help engineer this league-altering move by boosting their own Finals chances with Holiday back in the picture. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, yet another Kutch Sports-backed player, waives his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal in terms of salary matching.

The Lakers (through shadow general manager LeBron) smash the emergency button and get Davis for this spring’s playoff push, throwing three first-rounders at New Orleans in addition to thrusting Ball and Ingram into immediate starting roles in The Big Easy. Losing two All-Stars is a rough look for a floundering franchise, but recouping five first-rounders and young key contributors is about as good of a deal as the Pelicans are going to get.

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A first look at the old Vet Stadium Liberty Bell now outside of Citizens Bank Park

A first look at the old Vet Stadium Liberty Bell now outside of Citizens Bank Park

It was 15 years ago today that Veterans Stadium went crumbling to the ground. But a piece of Vet Stadium history has risen from the ashes for a second life at Citizens Bank Park.

The giant 19-foot Liberty Bell that stood high atop Vet Stadium has been refurbished from storage and placed near the Pattison Avenue and 11th street entrance of the ballpark, next to the new Pass and Stow area that will feature a beer garden and some great new food options. The Pass and Stow name is in homage to John Pass and John Stow who re-cast the original Liberty Bell in 1753. Their names can be found on the original, slightly more famous bell with a crack in it across from Independence Hall.

With opening day just a week away, fans passing the ballpark on Thursday got their first glimpse of the bell’s new placement. The bell was installed today.

It’s hard to miss and will surely make a nice new photo opportunity for Phillies fans and out-of-towners looking to capture a memory.

The bell you see today was actually the "second and final bell that was displayed at Veterans Stadium," according to the Phillies. It was installed on the Vet's catwalk prior to the 1983 season and remained there before being removed prior to the Vet's implosion in 2004. It is made of steel and aluminum, weighs more than 5,000 pounds and contains over 300 light bulbs.

The new (old) bell outside the ballpark will make a nice complement to the bell inside the park that lights up and rings whenever a Phillies player hits a home run. In a nice twist, this season the Phillies' team Twitter hashtag will be #RingTheBell. Brett Brown likely approves.

As you can see from the short video of the bell above, the weather in South Philly today was wet and dreary. The forecast for opening day next Thursday when the Phils host the Atlanta Braves is much better, with no rain currently in the forecast and highs in the upper-50s. Not exactly hittin’ weather, but not bad for the first day of baseball either.

We can't wait.


Here's a look at the Vet going down 15 years ago today. Miss that dirty old place.

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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

Joel Embiid was kind enough to grace Steph Curry with at least five minutes of his time when the Sixers traveled out to the Bay Area for their game against the Golden State Warriors back in January.

Joel joined Steph on his series called "5 Minutes From Home" in which the duo sit in the back seat of a car and chat on the way to Mrs. Curry's restaurant. Curiously, the clip lasts over 8 minutes.

Somehow, the two of them didn't mention their sneakers.

There's not a ton of new ground covered in their chat -- Joel talks about his journey onto the basketball court again -- but they do discuss Embiid's desire for a new nickname.

"The Process is never gonna be over. You gotta win a championship. When you win a championship, it starts over."

"I do like [the Process nickname]. Mainly because of the history of how we got here. That's why I like it. I'm actually thinking about creating something else. I'm tired of 'The Process.'"

Any suggestions, Sixers fans?

Embiid and Curry finish their trip with a meal at Steph's wife's restaurant.

The waitress jokes that the burrata appetizer they eat will be the key to the players dropping 50 points in the game the following night.

Almost. Steph went off for 41 but the Sixers got the win.