Philadelphia 76ers Betting Props Offer Where Star Players May Wind Up Next Season
There's a plethora of questions and also some discontent coming out of Philadelphia these days regarding the 76ers. I just don't get it. They essentially played three fundamentally different starting lineups this season - pre-trades, post-Butler, and post-Harris. And they had to adjust to two on the fly. That's a lot for a team to ask. And though they went out sooner than they wanted to, they still made it competitively to Game 7 of the second round and lost to another talented, loaded team.
But the team that showed all sorts of patience through The Process seems to have lost much of that patience. And that leaves us with some truly surprising questions to ponder. Here's a look at odds surrounding the futures of four key players that are available on BetOnline:
Jimmy Butler's team next year:
If I was in charge, I would be really tempted to let Butler walk. He's very talented, and was largely productive in Philly, but he can check out at times, he hasn't done a great job of staying committed long term with other teams, and he turns 30 before the season starts, so the last couple of years of a five-year max contract could look less than ideal. But I don't think that I am in the majority there. The team gave up a lot to get him - a fair price, but not an insignificant one. And they showed in the playoffs as they let him control the play more that they have a lot of faith in him. And he seems as happy as he can seem and interested in staying. The team can offer him more term and money than anyone else, which is another factor at his age. The Sixers could be even more of a favorite than they are here.
Tobias Harris a Sixer to start next season?: Yes +100, No -140
Harris is reportedly wanted back by the Sixers. He was a good fit after he was acquired. And with the benefit of a full season to integrate him, he could have even more of an impact. And the team has the advantage of being able to offer him an extra year compared to his other potential courters - they can go five years for $188 million, while other teams can offer only four years and $141 million. But Harris is only 26, so he probably wouldn't be too worried about the extra term if he found another situation that suited what he wanted more. He is going to be the fourth wheel at best in Philly, so if he wants more of the weight on his shoulders he could listen to teams like Utah, Sacramento, Brooklyn, Indiana or Dallas, who are all reportedly lining up to make an offer to him. Of those, Dallas and Utah are the most interesting - but it means going back west. I lean slightly towards him staying, but not enough to get excited about this price.
Will Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons be traded before next season?: No -700, Yes +400
This question would have seemed like total blasphemy just a year or two ago, but here we are. Embiid isn't going anywhere, and Simmons probably isn't either, but he is in play to a degree that we wouldn't have expected before. Simmons has generational talent, but his perimeter shot is a long way from good, and it's not getting better in any hurry. Given how Embiid plays, the feeling is among some people that a change could be an upgrade. But obviously you would have to get a massive return to make it worthwhile. There are rumors about the Nets, Bulls, Clippers or Knicks. And there has been plenty of talk about the Lakers. Some people are even talking about trading him for LeBron, though that seems ridiculously unlikely. I can get why the Sixers would think about a deal like this, but it is going to be extremely tough for them to get the value they would have to have. But the no price here is very low, and it's fun to have something to root for. I like the yes only because of the shockwaves it would set off, but I wouldn't bet it in a serious way. This is fun, not an investment.
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