NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers strongly pursuing Jrue Holiday

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NBA Trade Rumors: Officially on the trade block, the Philadelphia 76ers are expected to strongly pursue Jrue Holiday from the Portland Trail Blazers.

The official start of NBA Training Camp is just a mere days away and there are still plenty of questions that remain unanswered for the Philadelphia 76ers. The biggest of which revolves around James Harden. The two sides remain at a stalemate but it would be extremely surprising if Harden even shows up.

At this point, it seems like the best-case scenario for both sides to seek a resolution. And perhaps the Portland Trail Blazers and Jrue Holiday’s availability can offer a path toward one. According to a recent report, the Sixers are strongly pursuing Holiday, who is now a member of the Blazers after the Damian Lillard trade.

One player that could be used to help facilitate a Holiday to the Sixers trade is the disgruntled Harden.

The reported asking price for Jrue Holiday

According to another report, the starting asking price from the Blazers for Holiday is two future first-round picks. Considering the limited draft capital that the Sixers have to use in a trade, you’d have to imagine that if this is a deal that gets done, a third team (and Harden) would likely have to be involved in the deal.

For it to become a realistic possibility, the Sixers could theoretically trade Harden to the LA Clippers for a first-round pick that could then be re-routed to Portland. The Sixers could then trade one of theirs to the Blazers to meet the demands.

After that, perhaps to sweeten the offer, the Sixers could send a young player or perhaps LA could send one to Portland.

Here’s what a deal could end up looking like from the Sixers’ point of view:

Holiday spent the first four years of his career with the Sixers after being drafted by them with the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Interestingly enough, it was the trade of Holiday that is often viewed as the start of “The Process” rebuild in Philadelphia.

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It would be quite interesting to see the Sixers come full circle to trade for Holiday. The big question is, can they outbid the rest of the suitors who are expected to be interested in Holiday?