As the trade deadline began to inch closer and closer, many of the NBA’s top teams began to make moves that put more and more pressure on the Philadelphia 76ers to respond. Well, the Sixers responded in a big way as it was soon announced by Chris Haynes of TNT and Bleacher Report that the team would be sending Matisse Thybulle to the Portland Trail Blazers, but that was only the beginning.
Shortly thereafter, it was announced by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Charlotte Hornets would be joining the deal and sending young forward Jalen McDaniels back to the Sixers in the process.
The full details of the trade have not yet been revealed, but according to PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck, it seems Thybulle is heading to Portland, McDaniels and possibly Portland’s 2029 second-rounder and the Knicks’ 2024 second-rounder to Philadelphia, while the Sixers’ 2023 second (the worst of CHA, ATL, BKN), and Svi Mykhailiuk heading to Charlotte.
For the Sixers to land a player of McDaniels’ ability for Thybulle without giving up and draft capital is notable. Yes, McDaniels is a free agent after the season, as is Thybulle, but he brings a much more complete package to the table for Philadelphia.
More to come as it develops.