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Sixers fans, get excited! Damian Lillard is set to make his Milwaukee Bucks debut against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 26th 

Earlier today, it was announced that Damian Lillard will be heading to Milwaukee in a 3-team deal involving the Bucks, Blazers, and Suns.

Damian Lillard Traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 3-Team Deal

From Adrian Wojnarowski: Lillard goes Milwaukee as part of a 3-team deal with Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, a 2029 unprotected MIL 1st, and unprotected MIL swap rights in 2028 and 2030 to Blazers. Phoenix lands Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson.

Awesome. Sixers fans, get excited!

The Sixers will open the 2023-24 regular season against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, October 26th so really, we won’t have any time to waste in getting completely blasted by the Bucks on national television with a roster that’s filled with aging talent and a bunch of players outside Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey that literally no other team in the NBA had interest in.

Will James Harden be there? Who the fuck knows. My guess is teetering on a “definitely not” but I can tell you that all of the Philadelphia 76ers’ All-Star additions to the roster will be taking the floor against a team that now features Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, and Khris Middleton.

Don’t worry, you’re going to be thrilled with these guys:

  • Mo Bamba 
  • Patrick Beverley 
  • Danny Green 
  • Kelly Oubre Jr 

So yeah, that’s cool. This organization really knows how to win over a fanbase that has been beaten into literal pulp over the last five years. 

Honestly, maybe this is for the best. I’m not sure I have much energy to invest into the Sixers this season. I wish that wasn’t the case but I’ve given them everything I possibly could and the return, to say the least, has been “less than favorable”.

At least with the Bucks making this type of move, my hope and optimism for the Sixers to make any noise in the Eastern Conference this season can remain at a strong “meh” at least until playoff time, which by then I will ultimately lock-in for another heart wrenching disappointment, well short of the finish line.

Jrue Holiday back to Philly…?

I guess if you want some type of optimism over the Dame trade, then keep an eye on Jrue Holiday, who could be on the trade block as soon as tomorrow. According to Kyle Neubeck, the Sixers are interested in trying to acquire Jrue Holiday, per a source familiar with their thinking.

It makes a ton of sense for Holiday to be rerouted to another team, as Portland is going through a rebuild and focused on developing Scoot Henderson and Anfernee Simons.

So, Holiday’s services would be much better served on a contending team such as the Sixers. Philly has had their eyes on Holiday for quite some time, and he’s certainly a great all-around player, averaging 19.3 points, 7.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds, all while being a 38.4% three-point shooter last season.

Now, you ask yourself, what would it take for the Sixers to land Jrue Holiday?

Here’s what Jackson Frank of ThePhillyVoice had to say about it.

The Sixers have a clear path to matching Holiday’s $36.8 million salary, with Tobias Harris owed $39.2 million this upcoming season. Harris could bolster Portland’s frontcourt, and a first-round pick may prove enticing enough to facilitate negotiations. As Neubeck noted, Holiday should have plenty of suitors and is well-regarded around the league. But a package of Harris and a first may at least jam Philadelphia’s foot into the door of trade talks.

Considering the Sixers’ assets are aging veterans with large deals, it seems the chances of this happening are very low. But the 3-team trade market could make this a sneaky suitor for a Holiday trade.

Outside of that, maybe it’s just best to focus on the Philadelphia Eagles and The Fightins, right?

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