5 Free Agents the Philadelphia 76ers Should Still be Targeting
5 Remaining Philadelphia 76ers Free Agent Targets
The Philadelphia 76ers made most of their NBA player movement news during and immediately after the 2013 NBA draft. For the last month or so, news has been relatively quiet, filled with only rumors as to who will be the new head coach (or if they even hire one, for that matter).
New general manager Sam Hinkie completely gutted last year’s roster that comprised a 34-48 record last season. Change was needed after a failed Andrew Bynum experiment and change was granted. You could see as little as six players returning from last year’s squad if they waive Justin Holiday and buy out Kwame Brown.
The list of departures is significant; Dorrell Wright signed with the Portland Trailblazers, Nick Young went over to the Los Angeles Lakers, Bynum will try to resurrect his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers and All-Star Jrue Holiday was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The list of additions is much less attractive, which proves furthermore Sixers management is already looking past 2013 in order to look towards the future. They brought in rookies Nerlens Noel, Michael-Carter Williams and Arsalan Kazemi via the draft and trades. They have also brought in former Houston Rockets castoffs James Anderson, Royce White, Furkan Aldemir and Tim Ohlbrecht.
Even with an ever apparent “tank for Andrew Wiggins” approach in place, the Sixers will still be trying to make some noise in free agency. With Kazemi and Aldemir going overseas and the unknown futures of Brown and Noel, the Sixers still need to sign players to fill out their roster and to reach the minimum salary floor. While there is not much left on the market in terms of big-time talent, there are plenty of veterans left who will be looking for one-year deals.
Here are five free agent targets that would help the Sixers protect long-term cap space as well as put twelve guys in uniform every night.
5. Damien Wilkins
Damien Wilkins was one of the few bright spots for the Sixers last year when he got playing time. In 21 starts, Wilkins averaged 12.1 points while shooting 49 percent from the field and 34 percent from three. It was one of the better shooting years of Wilkins' career and the Sixers should bring him back for veteran leadership and defensive intensity.
4. Xavier Henry
Xavier Henry is a former lottery pick from 2010 that has not panned out. His career averages of 4.5 points and 14.4 minutes are nothing to write home about. But he still has plenty to prove and is another low-risk, high-reward opportunity for the Sixers. If he succeeds, they found a gem or trade bait, and if he doesn’t, they can waive him at the end of the year.
3. Mike James
First off, I am not totally sold on Carter-Williams as the point guard of the future. But if you are one that is, it is important to at least bring a veteran point guard to take some of the pressure on him. Mike James might not be a true point guard, but he can still play, proven by his averages of 6.1 points and 3.1 assists in only 19 minutes per game last year.
2. Daequan Cook
Originally drafted by the Sixers in 2007, but never played a game for them, Daequan Cook has stayed in this league solely for his ability to knock down the long ball. He is a career 36 percent three point-shooter and the Sixers desperately need help with outside shooting.
1. Cole Aldrich
Like Henry, Cole Aldrich is another former lottery pick who hasn’t performed up to expectations. And like Royce White and James Anderson, Aldrich is another former Rocket who Hinkie could get cheap. If the Sixers buy out Kwame Brown, as they should, they could use another big man until Noel is ready to play. Aldrich would be a great fit here.