Roasting a Wemby Trade Proposal on Bleacher Report

It has been a while, but once again it is time to roast a public display of stupidity made at the expense of the Spurs. That attention is coming back, as many people now look at the Spurs when they wonder how they can get Wembanyama onto their team. Most people will actually think about it before they make a public display of their thoughts, but some people simply put together a few basic building-blocks of an idea and say, "Look! I made a thing!"

On that note, Bleacher Report is hosting this article about the 76ers trading for Wemby. It is definitely a series of words that can be understood for their intentions. However, it seems to be lacking some mental properties that I tend to expect during the reading process. Well, I will show the core piece, and maybe you can explain what failed to happen when they had this idea.

Spurs give up ...

  • The #1/Victor Wembanyama
  • The 2025 Spurs first round pick
  • Keldon Johnson
  • Zach Collins
  • Devonte Graham
  • Doug McDermott

Spurs get ...

  • Joel Embiid
  • Bradley Beal
  • Second rounder in 2025

As I said, it is not simply a bad trade. There seems to be a mental component missing from the though process. Our only clue is that Doug McDermott is described as "salary filler," so that’s a sign of awareness of the difference between values and salary-matches. Anyways, I also looked at this trade from Philly’s perspective, which is more bizarre, but also more revealing ...

Philly gets ...

  • The #1/Victor Wembanyama
  • The Rockets’ 2025 first round pick
  • Jalen Green
  • Keldon Johnson
  • Doug McDermott
  • Second rounder in 2026

Philly gives up ...

  • Joel Embiid
  • Tobias Harris
  • James Harden opts-in to get traded to Houston

This includes the James Harden details, which gives more context clues. They show awareness that James Harden must take his player option to do this, and they know he is giving up a long-term deal with Houston to do so. Then they mention that Harden has been traded a lot lately. Well, that seems like a peculiar mental leap. It may be a hint at what the missing mental component might be.

This might be worth looking into. After all, the Philadelphia 76ers is the same team where two different #1 picks went to play, and they ended up forgetting how to shoot a basketball. There might be an important discovery to be made here.

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