‣ Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly targeting Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic in trade talks.
‣ The Sixers are expected to be aggressive in upgrading their roster before the trade deadline.
‣ It is unlikely that Mitchell will be traded this season unless he forces his way out of Cleveland.
Philadelphia plans to “monitor” Donovan Mitchell, Zach Lavine, O.G. Anunoby, and Bojan Bogdanovic, Scotto added.
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The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly targeting Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell and Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic in potential trades, according to the latest NBA rumors. The Sixers recently made a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, which included sending James Harden and other players to acquire Marcus Morris and others. They also waived veteran guard Danny Green to free up roster space. After this trade, the Sixers are currently ranked with the ninth-shortest odds to win the 2024 championship, with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks being favored by sportsbooks.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Sixers’ management is showing interest in adding Mitchell, Bogdanovic, as well as Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls and OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors. Scotto mentioned that the Sixers are expected to be aggressive in upgrading their roster before the trade deadline, if not by the summer of 2024. Some potential targets for Philadelphia include LaVine and Anunoby, and they will also monitor the availability of Mitchell and Bogdanovic.
However, it is unlikely that Mitchell will be traded this season unless he forces his way out of Cleveland. The Cavaliers trading Mitchell would be counterproductive, especially since he signed a contract extension with the Utah Jazz in 2020 and was traded to the Cavs in a deal that included multiple draft picks. Mitchell has shown his talent on the court, even scoring a career-high 71 points in a game against the Bulls. The Cavs also made the playoffs last season without LeBron James, a positive step for the team.
On the other hand, a trade for Bogdanovic seems more probable for the Sixers. The 6-foot-7 wing had a strong performance last season, averaging career highs in points, assists, and playing time. He also shot well from the field and contributed on the defensive end. Despite starting the current season with a calf injury, Bogdanovic is a valuable player who could make an impact for the Sixers. The NBA trade deadline for the season is in February, and the Sixers will face the Raptors in their upcoming game.