Philadelphia 76ers Rank Near Bottom For Offseason Moves
This offseason has been filled with significant moves. Some are excellent and some have been terrible, but the Philadelphia 76ers have leaned to the bad side this summer.
The Sixers rank near the bottom of the list for offseason moves with their cost-cutting transactions. The only area they rank high in is on draft night.
Their best move overall is allowing controversial center Andrew Bynum to walk to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bynum is now apparently giving the Cavaliers the same runaround he did in Philadelphia. The worst move is not pursuing marquee free agents such as Dwight Howard or local product Tyreke Evans. Evans was a restricted free agent, but the Sixers could have pulled a deal to bring him back to his hometown.
The Sixers rank 28th out of 30 NBA teams as far as offseason moves are concerned. The only other teams who have made worse moves this summer are Boston and Cleveland, who opted to take Anthony Bennett over long-term project Nerlens Noel as well as taking a chance on Bynum (even if the contract is only partially guaranteed).
The only area the Sixers seem to have gone in the right direction is the draft. They gambled away All-Star guard Jrue Holiday for potential All-Star center Noel and picked up Michael Carter-Williams. Once healthy, Noel is a franchise center who gives the Sixers a post presence and superstar-caliber center. The Sixers also acquired Arsalan Kazemi. Kazemi will now spend a season overseas, but can be a low-risk, high-reward player.
Most teams that have made cost-cutting moves at least did it while taking a step forward. The Sixers acquired James Anderson, Tim Ohlbrecht, troubled-forward Royce White, Tony Wroten and Khalif Wyatt. All of them probably won’t do much to help a talent-depleted squad. The Sixers also kept Spencer Hawes and journeyman Jason Richardson. Richardson is out for the season with an injury while Hawes is soft in the paint.
The plan to tank is a poor-kept secret given David Stern’s comments. The Sixers should have gone after Mike Miller and Wayne Ellington, but instead they opted for unwanted pieces such as Wroten and Ohlbrecht. They will need to look to make some moves that will help build the team around Andrew Wiggins or an elite free agent next year.