As the 76ers introduced Nick Nurse as their new head coach on Thursday, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported on “The Hoop Collective” podcast that the Knicks are watching the situation in Philadelphia with hope that things go “haywire,” leading to a possible trade for MVP Joel Embiid.
“They’re not hoping for patience, they’re hoping for The Process,” MacMahon said. “I don’t know if that’s coming, but they’ve looked at that situation in Philly and there’s been a hope in New York that stuff in Philly will go haywire to the point where Embiid will ask out.”
The Sixers, after their full commitment to The Process, have yet to get out of the second round, where New York found itself this season, and the Knicks have the assets to pull off a blockbuster trade for a star. It remains to be seen how Embiid bonds with Nurse, or what will happen with James Harden, and several other factors that could lead the star center to want out, though he hasn’t even begun playing on his new supermax extension that he signed last year.
Still, the Knicks, as they reportedly have been doing with Giannis Antetokounmpo, are holding out hope that Embiid becomes available.
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