Kendrick Perkins, an ESPN analyst, suggested that the Philadelphia 76ers should consider a major overhaul of their team and focus on developing guard Tyrese Maxey for the team’s future.
Additionally, during a recent appearance on “First Take,” Perkins, a former NBA player, expressed his view that the 2023-24 season for the 76ers has already been unsuccessful.
“This season for the Philadelphia 76ers is already a failure. If I was Philly, I would blow the whole thing up right now and I would start with building around Tyrese Maxey because Joel Embiid has to be tired.”
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) August 21, 2023
“If I were in Philadelphia’s position, I’d completely revamp the team,” Perkins stated. He emphasized the idea of building around Tyrese Maxey, as he believes Joel Embiid might be fatigued.
Perkins, a former NBA champion, advised that the 76ers should prepare for the possibility of Embiid, who was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2022-23, requesting a trade.
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The team is currently dealing with discontent from star player James Harden, who is actively seeking a trade and publicly criticizing the team’s general manager, Daryl Morey.”
Last season, the 76ers progressed to the Eastern Conference semifinals but were defeated by the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series. Despite leading 3-2, they lost the final two games, including a Game 6 at home.
With the addition of Harden, who led the league in assists per game (10.7), the 76ers seemed poised to advance. However, they faced playoff elimination, underwent a coaching change with Nick Nurse, and must work on reconciling with Harden or considering a trade before the upcoming season.
Tyrese Maxey, aged 22, is regarded as a crucial asset for the 76ers, and they’re reportedly determined to retain him.
Under the new leadership of Coach Nurse, the 76ers have a fresh start. Nonetheless, their success in the playoffs will likely play a role in keeping Joel Embiid content with the team’s long-term prospects.