Five Free Agents the Philadelphia 76ers Should Pursue
Five Free Agent Targets for Philadelphia 76ers
Everything that was unclear about the future of the Philadelphia 76ers has suddenly become clear. After a long silence following the hiring of Sam Hinkie to be their general manager, the Sixers made their splash on draft day by acquiring Nerlens Noel and a future first round pick for their All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. They then selected Holiday’s replacement Michael Carter-Williams at number 11.
The plan is now in place and it is full-out rebuild mode. The Sixers will aim to take their two 2013 lottery picks and couple them with hopefully two 2014 lottery picks. The 2014 draft is stacked, the Sixers will have their own lottery pick (since they will most likely not be a playoff team), and they will have the New Orleans Pelicans' pick as long as it is not in the top five to go after guys like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
The most important part of this rebuilding process is preserving cap space. The thing that Sixers management looks the most forward to is that no one on the current roster outside of Thaddeus Young is under contract at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 season. Unfortunately for fans, that means don’t expect any big name free agents this offseason.
Hinkie is completely fine with losing this season in order to build a contender in the future. That means a lot of short term, low risk contracts for free agents this offseason. Many of the Sixers' free agent targets will be looking at two year contracts and nothing more. They will need to fill a lot of positions and here are five guys that could fit this mold.
5. Andrew Bynum
I know, I know. No Sixers fan wants this headache again, but if the Sixers can convince Andrew Bynum to take a two year, $24 million deal, they will still have the cap space at the end of the two years if it doesn’t pan out. If it does work, you now have a centerpiece to build around or an extremely valuable trade asset.
4. Will Bynum
Will Bynum has spent his career with the Detroit Pistons and has always been an excellent scoring punch off the bench. He could be that scoring guard the team will desperately need behind MCW and Evan Turner.
3. Samuel Dalembert
After starting his career with the 76ers, Samuel Dalembert has bounced around and is now a free agent. He is toward the end of his career, and a reunion with his former team might be in the best interest for both parties as he could serve as an excellent mentor for Noel.
1. Nate Robinson
The theme here is that the 76ers need all the scoring from the card position they can get, and another option would be Nate Robinson. He had the best year of his career filling in for an injured Derrick Rose and has earned himself a multi-year contract.