For the Philadelphia 76ers, it should not even be a question: the time is now.

They need to trade the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Originally, the pick was not theirs to give or take in the first place. The Sacramento Kings were forced to swap the fifth overall pick from the 2015 trade of Nik Stauskas.

Now, the 76ers should use the pick to find someone to permanently slot in front of Stauskas at the shooting guard position.

As unfathomable as it may seem, the Sixers could be seen as a “win now” team beginning this year. Injuries have marred previous seasons, but the core is in place. They have young, developing stars at almost every position, especially if they play Ben Simmons at point guard.

The one spot bereft of a starting caliber player is shooting guard.

This particular draft is deep, especially at point guard. There are options at shooting guard too, though. Nobody would begrudge the 76ers for drafting Malik Monk at No. 3. But there is a clear appetite for picks in this draft that could lead to potential lopsided trades.

The Sixers should take advantage of that, while also acknowledging that every team could use a veteran to teach the youngsters a thing or two.

For instance, the team can try to trade for someone like New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee. He was not amazing during his first season in the Big Apple, but he is veteran presence with a solid skillset. The Knicks would probably jump at the opportunity to move up to three and the Sixers could force a pick swap, only dropping down to No. 8.

Worst case scenario, he becomes a solid sixth man if the team can sign Kyle Lowry.

The Sixers do not need more young assets; they need someone who can push them to the top half of the Eastern Conference. Trading the No. 3 pick should accomplish that goal.

Holden Walter-Warner is an NBA and college basketball columnist at Follow him on Twitter — hwalterwarner.