“If you do what everyone else does, you get what everyone else gets.”

It’s a mantra the Sixers have stood by during this frenetic period in their history, and it’s a message that was reinforced by the team once again this week.

At Thursday’s 3pm trade deadline, Philadelphia completed three separate deals, parting ways with second-year point guard Michael Carter-Williams and rookie swingman K.J. McDaniels in return for two first-round picks, a second-rounder, Rockets point guard Isaiah Canaan, and Nuggets center JaVale McGee.

No doubt the most monumental of the three deals was the one that sent Carter-Williams to Milwaukee and the Lakers’ lightly protected 2015 first-round pick from Phoenix to Philadelphia.