As speculations rise about Joel Embiid’s satisfaction level with the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN NBA analyst and former NBA player Richard Jefferson recently shared his own bold forecast. Speaking on the Road Trippin’ Show, Jefferson discussed the possibility of the reigning MVP making a move to the New York Knicks.
“I think Joel Embiid and another superstar will end up in New York,” Jefferson said. “No one wanted to come be the savior of the New York Knicks. So now that they have talent, they built within, they’ve got core pieces, they’ve got an All-Star point guard in Brunson, now guys are going to want to play there.”
Embiid’s Recent Highs and 76ers’ Playoff Lows
It’s worth noting that Embiid was not just any MVP last season; he also clinched the scoring title with an average of over 33 points per game. However, despite his individual brilliance, the 76ers had a disheartening playoff exit. This led to a shake-up in the organization, including a change in the head coaching staff. To add to the mix, James Harden, Embiid’s star teammate, now wants to leave Philadelphia.
Harden’s Departure and Embiid’s Intentions
With the likelihood that Harden has played his last game as a 76er, many have turned their heads towards Embiid to see how the Harden drama will affect his outlook on the team. Earlier this offseason, Embiid said all he wants is to win a championship, “whether it is in Philly or anywhere else.”
Elevating the Knicks to Contender Status
If the New York Knicks could secure a perennial MVP candidate like Embiid, they would undoubtedly become Finals contenders. Such an acquisition would give them their best shot at advancing past the second round of playoffs—a feat they haven’t achieved since 1999.
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The Knicks and Embiid: A Buzz That Won’t Go Away
The rumors surrounding Embiid’s future seem to point increasingly toward the Knicks as the most likely team to acquire him. Will the Knicks manage to seal a deal with the superstar? As with most things in the NBA, only time will reveal the next dramatic turn.
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