This has been a busy week for the NBA. Some moves were expected like Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets, while others were a surprise like the Cleveland Cavaliers signing Andrew Bynum for two years.
The Philadelphia 76ers are just as busy. They made some big moves acquiring Nerlens Noel, promising forward Arsalan Kazemi and Royce White. But the biggest move was allowing Bynum to walk.
While the list of free agents is shrinking there are still solid options for the Sixers.
They can look at point guard DJ Augustin who stepped his game up for the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs last season. He averaged 5.2 points and nearly half a steal per game in 16.6 minutes during the playoffs. The Sixers can use his scoring and defensive stops off the bench.
Nate Robinson is also available. He will cost a little more with his impressive performance with the Chicago Bulls during the playoffs. Robinson averaged 16.3 points, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and shot 34 percent from three point range. He can provide the Sixers the explosiveness they need from the bench.
There’s also Kenyon Martin. K-Mart may be past his prime, but he still can provide scoring, rebounding and a defensive presence the team can use, not to mention he can be a mentor to the younger players like Lavoy Allen, Noel and Arnett Moultrie. His physical play would help the Sixers out-muscle teams in the paint since the they ranked near the bottom in rebounds (41.3) and opponent points, 96.5 points allowed.
Antawn Jamison is another option. Teams haven’t shown much interest in him which can give the Sixers more leverage in signing him at a low price. Despite his drop in performance he would fit in a Sixers system that isn’t stacked with superstars and can utilize a veteran who can score, rebound and hit outside shots.
The list may be dwindling, but the Sixers can bring in two key free agents with money freed up from offseason moves.