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Sixers reluctant to include “Core 3” players in potential Kawhi Leonard trade

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Reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicate that Philadelphia isn’t budging on including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz in a deal with San Antonio.

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Compliments from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, a barrage of Sixers-related info regarding LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard has painted a clearer picture on Philadelphia’s chances acquiring the coveted duo. One important nugget Wojnarowski divulged is that the Sixers are reluctant to include Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz as part of a prospective trade package.

Trading Fultz would be an affront to “Trusting the Process” and his inclusion suggests that management idolizes him in their future plans. The 20-year-old’s offseason work with shooting wiz Drew Hanlen has fans absolutely giddy about his prospects heading into his second season. Also, per PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck, Fultz will forego this year’s Summer League and instead continue training with Hanlen.

Fultz’s ability to recover his shot is paramount and if Philadelphia’s hesitant to include him in a Kawhi Leonard trade, the young budding star could be experiencing growth in that department that satisfies the team’s palate.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are about as untouchable as a burning stove at this point in their careers. Their two-way ability, upwards trajectory and consistent productivity, among other valuable traits, provide Philadelphia with two young cornerstones who already have important playoff experience on their accoladed resumes.

Acquiring arguably the league’s premier two-way wing in Kawhi Leonard could, in turn, convince LeBron that Philadelphia’s immediately poised for an NBA Finals appearance and their future knows endless limits.

Adding Leonard and James to an exceptionally skilled trio of Embiid, Simmons and Fultz would be a dream return in a 2018 offseason centered around the Philadelphia 76ers. The Process’ results have already vindicated those who’ve helped engender its uprooting, and acquiring a Kawhi-LeBron tandem would turn the once hapless Sixers into the East’s top Finals contender.

Placing faith in Fultz is a promising development for a player whose meteoric rise could start as early as next season.