5 Moves the Philadelphia 76ers Could Make During Free Agency
Five Potential Free Agent Moves
The Philadelphia 76ers were set to be in a much different place than they are right now after making a big splash during the 2012 offseason. They shed the contracts of Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams and Elton Brand, and dumped young prospects Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic to obtain the rights to Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers. Bynum was supposed to be the final piece to the puzzle and help the 76ers compete for a championship (or at least compete to be the team that loses to the Miami Heat).
The sad truth is that the only headlines Bynum ever made were off the court. He did not suit up for the Sixers this past year because of chronic knee pain and will now enter 2013 as an unrestricted free agent. Because of these events, the Sixers sit at an uncomfortable position; they own the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, they are without a head coach and they possess a roster outside of Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young that leaves much to be desired.
The good thing is that they will have cap room and that they can’t get much worse than they were last year. There are a lot of attractive free agent pieces out on the market for 2013 and while Philadelphia is not the most attractive destination (sorry, no Chris Paul or Dwight Howard), the Sixers could piece something together if they find the right combination of guys.
That job belongs to new general manager Sam Hinkie. He came over from the Houston Rockets under the tutelage of Darly Morey and he will be responsible for this first free agent class this upcoming July. With free agency period less than two weeks away, here are five potential signings to take a look at for Hinkie and the Sixers.
Re-Sign Andrew Bynum
One option that has never gone away is to finish what they started. Having a healthy Andrew Bynum would truly put the Sixers up there with any other team right behind Miami. They can offer Bynum more money than any other team and if the doctors okay the move, it is the best alternative.
Sign Monta Ellis
To pinpoint the misfortunes of the 76ers this season, it comes down to the inability to score the basketball. Putting Monta Ellis in the backcourt with Holiday would do wonders for this team. It would give them a clutch scorer, it would allow Evan Turner to move to the small forward position, and it would allow Holiday to spend some time playing off the ball.
Sign Jarrett Jack or Jose Calderon
Jrue Holiday is an All Star, but another area where the Sixers struggled was at the backup point guard position. Jarrett Jack had a career year playing behind and alongside Stephen Curry with the Golden State Warriors and Jose Calderon is a veteran presence who finished last year with the Detroit Pistons. Either one of these guys could come in and win sixth man of the year by backing up Jrue and playing alongside of him at the end of games.
Sign David West or Carl Landry
If the Sixers decide to give up on the Bynum project for good, a good alternative would be to sign a veteran that can start now and groom Arnett Moultrie for the future. Somebody like David West or Carl Landry would provide toughness and leadership and be a good addition to a team looking to compete sooner rather than later.
Load up on Shooters
If the Sixers are able to re-sign Bynum, the next step would be to surround him with capable shooters and there are plenty of them out there. Guys like Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow, Corey Brewer, Francisco Garcia and Dorrell Wright would all be available on short, money-friendly deals and would help this team put the ball in the basket.