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Sign Paul George? Trade for Jimmy Butler? Here are 9 wing targets for Philadelphia 76ers

Daryl Morey on finding fit to play with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, Sixers' offseason plans
Daryl Morey on finding fit to play with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, Sixers' offseason plans 31:40

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey wasn't shy in his end-of-season press conference about the team's needs alongside All-Stars Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey to contend for a championship. 

"I would say the biggest need is not at their position — someone at the wing who can play and deliver at a high level in the playoffs," Morey said in early May. 

The Sixers are strapped with cap space and assets to build around Embiid and Maxey. With that in mind, here are nine players Morey could target via trade or free agency. 

Paul George

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George has a $48 million player option for the 2024-25 season and will have to opt out to become an unrestricted free agent. If that happens, George will likely become the No. 1 target for the Sixers. 

George isn't the player he was when he initially joined the Clippers, but the 34-year-old would fit in seamlessly in Philadelphia's starting lineup alongside Embiid and Maxey. 

There are plenty of concerns in signing George, including his injury history -- he's only played at least 70 games in a season once over the past five seasons -- and his playoff shortcomings. But he also might be the best bet in making the Sixers the top team in the East and would allow them to hold onto their other assets. 

ESPN reported the Sixers will offer George a max contract if he opts out. 

Los Angeles Clippers v Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 09: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers during the second half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on April 09, 2024 in Phoenix, Arizona. Getty Images

LeBron James

Before LeBron James left Cleveland for a second time and darted west to Los Angeles, the Sixers met with his agent, Rich Paul

If James declines his $51 million player option, the Sixers will likely try to schedule a meeting with James actually in attendance. 

James is one year from 40, but he's still playing at an extremely high level. He also has a relationship with Maxey because he is signed to Klutch Sports Group and has spoken highly of the Sixers' guard. 

Maybe the Sixers will try and draft his son, Bronny James, in the 2024 NBA draft to increase their chances of signing the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Only time will tell, but LeBron James chasing a ring in Philly alongside Embiid and Maxey would be as electric as it gets. 

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks toward the Memphis Grizzlies' bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game April 12, 2024, in Memphis, Tennessee. Brandon Dill / AP

Jimmy Butler

Will Heat forward Jimmy Butler and Embiid reunite this offseason after spending one season together in 2018-19? The only way that could happen is if Miami president Pat Riley decides to trade the polarizing forward. Right now, Riley said he's not. 

Early in May, Riley told reporters Butler should've kept his "mouth shut" when the Heat forward said Miami would've eliminated the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks if he wasn't sidelined with a knee injury. 

A three-team deal would likely be the best bet for the Sixers to get a trade done with the Heat, but it would be expensive and Philly might have to extend Butler. 

Butler fits the description of a wing who can deliver in the playoffs. He's been to two NBA Finals since heading to South Beach, but he's 34 years old and has only played at least 64 regular-season games once since 2018. 

ESPN reported the Sixers are a team to watch if Butler becomes available. 

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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, left, talks with Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler following an NBA basketball play-in tournament game Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 105-104. Chris Szagola / AP

Kevin Durant

Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant is another wing the Sixers could target if he asks for a trade. 

Durant hasn't been shy about asking for a trade before, and he was unhappy with his role on the team last season, according to The Athletic

The Suns fired Frank Vogel and replaced him with Mike Budenholzer, so maybe that's enough to get Durant to stay around.

Durant is about to enter year three of a four-year deal that started before the 2022-23 season. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent before the 2026-27 season. 

Durant is 35 years old and is another target with an injury history, but he would pair nicely alongside Embiid and Maxey. 

Kevin Durant #35 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after a three point shot during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Footprint Center on April 07, 2024 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Pelicans defeated the Suns 113-105.  Chris Coduto/Getty Images

Brandon Ingram

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram is one of the younger wing targets the Sixers could pursue this offseason, but the 26-year-old has only made one All-Star team in his eight-year career. 

Ingram is extension-eligible this offseason, but the Pelicans reportedly want to trade him.

ESPN reported the Sixers are also interested in trading for Ingram. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA - APRIL 21: Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game one of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the Paycom Center on April 21, 2024 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Cooper Neill / Getty Images

Pascal Siakam

The Toronto Raptors dealt forward Pascal Siakam to the Pacers in January ahead of the NBA trade deadline, and he's helped Indiana reach the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. 

Siakam, an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, will likely re-sign with the Pacers, but he did win a title with Sixers head coach Nick Nurse on the Raptors in 2019.  

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 21: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Indiana Pacers reacts during the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 21, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. / Getty Images

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan is 35 years old, but is still a prolific scorer, especially from the mid-range. 

DeRozan likely wouldn't be a top option for Philly and has expressed he'd like to stay with the Chicago Bulls, but if things don't work out, maybe the Sixers could get involved. 

DeRozan played for the Raptors while Nurse was an assistant coach with the team.  

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 17: DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls controls the ball against the Atlanta Hawks on April 17, 2024 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  Jamie Sabau / Getty Images

OG Anunoby

Like Siakam, OG Anunoby is another former Raptors player who played under Nurse in Toronto. 

Anunoby has a $19 million player option for the 2024-25 season, which he could opt out of, but he'll likely remain with the New York Knicks following a strong postseason. 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: OG Anunoby #8 of the New York Knicks in action against the Indiana Pacers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 06, 2024 in New York City.  / Getty Images

Mikal Bridges

The Sixers had Mikal Bridges -- until they didn't. The previous 76ers regime drafted Bridges with the No. 10 overall pick in 2018, only to trade him later in the night to the Phoenix for a package that landed former Texas Tech University guard Zhaire Smith and a 2021 first-round pick that was used to land Tobias Harris from the Clippers. 

Since then, Bridges has developed into one of the better wings in the league while playing for the Suns and Brooklyn Nets. 

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 14: Mikal Bridges #1 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on April 14, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  / Getty Images

But, the asking price for the 27-year-old Philly native will be extremely high. 

According to The Athletic, the Houston Rockets offered a trade package for Bridges that included multiple-first-round picks but the Nets had no interest in moving the Villanova product.

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