Joel Embiid sent Sixers fans into a panicked frenzy this morning. A video started circulating late last night of Joel Embiid saying that he wants to win a Champion in Philadelphia, “or anywhere else.” It’s the or anywhere else that has fans worried. It is a suggestion that we could be near the breaking point for Joel Embiid in Philly. After 5 2nd round exits, is Joel Embiid almost ready to ask out?
Was not expecting Joel Embiid to say “or anywhere else” when talking about championships… He’s close to his breaking point here in Philly. pic.twitter.com/0MqXX1rnrT— AJ Torres (@ajtorres1230) July 17, 2023
Maybe? And in anticipation of that, there are people who want to trade him before he does. Thinking that it would mean they could get a better deal now than after he asks for a trade. But whether he actually is thinking about asking out or not, it does not matter. You do not get better by trading him. Regardless of when you trade him, you are going to lose that deal.
What could they possibly get right now that would make trading him worth it? First-round picks? One, unless it comes from a 3rd team that pick will not be any good. Two, you have no clue where that pick will be because of the lottery. Players? Any team trading for Embiid would want to pair him with whatever elite talent they already have. You aren’t going to get an active player whose value is equal to Embiid. Let’s say he goes to the Heat. So what would it be? Bam Adebayo? That’s what you want to blow it up for?
Being worried about those statements is understandable. We don’t know if he means it, because Embiid says a lot of things. Just the idea he could mean it is scary for the future of the Sixers. But it does not matter. You don’t trade Embiid. The Sixers’ only chance to get out of this bad situation is to hope something works out this season.
Because trading Super Stars almost never works out for the people trading him. Need proof? Here is the recent history of what teams have gotten back for trading Super Stars. And you will notice a pattern. None of the teams who traded the Super Star have seen much success since doing so.