The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly looking at two centers to fill their roster. Journeyman Earl Barron and former Temple center Michael Eric. Both seem like questionable moves considering the team is stacked with big men, particularly centers.
Barron, a 7-foot-0, 250 pound center, spent several seasons with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trailblazers, Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards. The Sixers will use him for his size in an undersized Eastern Conference as well as a way to stay under the luxury tax. He averaged a modest 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds for his career. However, he has shown flashes of talent when he played for the Knicks during the 2009-2010 season averaging 11.7 points and 11 rebounds while playing 7 games for them.
He also grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in his only game with the Knicks last season. Six of those rebounds were offensive.
Eric, 6-foot-11, 240 pounds, is a familiar face in Philadelphia as he was the starting center for Temple during his senior season. He was also a teammate of current Sixers forward, Lavoy Allen for two seasons. The Sixers will give him a chance on their preseason roster. He could bolster the team’s defense since he averaged 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks his senior season.
This move may seem to baffle people considering the Sixers have Allen, Spencer Hawes, Arnett Moultrie, Kwame Brown, Tim Ohlbrecht and Nerlens Noel at center. The move seems to be a way to stay under the luxury tax while getting potential in return. Ohlbrecht and Brown can be expendable since Ohlbrecht wasn’t productive for the Houston Rockets last season averaging 1 point and .3 rebounds during the 4 games he played last season. Brown is in the final year of his two-year contract and looks to be making $2.9 million. The Sixers can shed his salary and alleviate the salary-cap problems since they can offer Barron less money and get more in return.