Everyone knows Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are the biggest names in this summer’s free agent class. Though it’s highly unlikely either player will end up on the Philadelphia 76ers, they won’t be the only players on the Sixers’ radar.
Signing James or Anthony may not necessarily help the Sixers to a championship. The Sixers might be better targeting mid-level players who could leave the Sixers with room to add another free agent.
The list could include forward Luol Deng, point guard Devin Harris and forward Danny Granger. The Sixers are in good shape to sign a few players while staying under the salary cap next season. They will have one of the lowest payrolls in the NBA at $23.7 million. Their current payroll is a league-low $44.8 million.
Deng gives the Sixers their scorer and rebounder. With Harris the Sixers have a playmaker and can move Michael Carter-Williams to shooting guard. The move would free Carter-Williams and give the Sixers their scorer.
As for Granger, he would be pricier than the previous two mentioned, but he would still be cheaper than signing James or Anthony and could produce similar numbers to them.
While the temptation of signing Anthony or James are hard to steer clear of, the Sixers must think of the upcoming draft and build the roster around their top draft pick. The Sixers can look at adding a scorer and defensive player. They rank last in defense and don’t have any player averaging over 20 points per game.
With a possible loss of restricted free agent Evan Turner, the Sixers will be looking to replace him with a scorer and someone who plays better defense. The Sixers will have many choices to make this summer once they have an idea of their draft position.