The Philadelphia 76ers have a need to upgrade the backup center position behind Joel Embiid before Thursday's 3 p.m. EST trade deadline and there will be plenty of names flying around before then.
There will also be plenty of mock trades as everybody tries to come up with the right deals to help certain teams. With the Sixers needing the backup big man, that position is the focus of a few different fake deals.
A mock trade from CBS Sports has the Sixers calling up the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire big man Naz Reid. Philadelphia has reportedly expressed interest in the center out of LSU.
The fake trade proposal
76ers receive: Naz Reid
Timberwolves receive: Jaden Springer, 2023 second-round pick (via ATL/CHA/BRK).
CBS Sports on why the Sixers do this deal
Analyzing the deal from a Sixers standpoint
Moving a young guy like Jaden Springer in this deal would be tough because there is so much potential there as a young guy who can be an elite perimeter defender. However, he is in so much need of development at the moment and the Sixers can't offer it at the NBA level with their focus on winning a championship.
Reid helps the Sixers win right now. He's averaging 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds and shooting 53.4%. He would be a significant upgrade and he would fortify their bench unit to help the title chances. The addition of Reid would be a big addition if Philadelphia were to be able to pull it off before the deadline.
Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire