The Philadelphia 76ers fortified their already promising roster on Thursday after using the no.1 pick they acquired from the Boston Celtics for Markelle Fultz out of Washington. With Fultz and a healthy Ben Simmons coming in to join Joel Embiid next season, there’s no denying the 76ers are primed to contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference next season.

However, Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo can still improve his team by flipping other trade assets for a bona fide star or a complementary player who could fit well with Brett Brown’s system.

Swapping Jahlil Okafor / Nik Stauskas for Danny Green

CSN-Philly writer Jessica Camerato advises the Sixers front office to make a run at veteran sniper Danny Green, who has been dangled in several trade talks leading up to the NBA Draft. Green, who averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 26 minutes per game last season, is the prototypical 3-and-D player the Sixers sorely need in their lineup. Green is set to earn a reasonable base salary of $10 million per year next season and has a player’s option worth the same amount for the 2018-19 season.

Camerato believes Stauskas could be an enticing trade target for the San Antonio Spurs should they engage in a trade discussion with the Sixers. Stauskas upped his 3-point shooting percentage to 36.8 percent and will be entering the final year of his rookie deal. She also mentioned the possibility of including incoming third-year forward Jahlil Okafor in the trade package. The Sixers have been trying to fix their logjam in the front court and unloading Okafor to the Spurs would be a win-win situation for every party involved.

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Trade update on Kristaps Porzingis

The NBA Draft may be over, but the trade market is still loaded with quality players. Kristaps Porzingis is one of the biggest players currently on the trading block, and many NBA insiders believe the Latvian sensation can still be had at a price set by Knicks president Phil Jackson.

According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog, the Sixers are one of at least three teams (the Spurs and Suns are the other two) that contacted the Knicks about Porzingis’ availability.

While Jackson decided not to pull the trigger on the Porzingis trade during the NBA Draft, there is no assurance the volatile Knicks president would stand pat with his decision over the next 3-4 months. Porzingis will continue to be a trade target for the remainder of the offseason, and the Sixers are expected to be one of the prime players in another round of the bidding war.

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