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Rock Bottom Philadelphia 76ers Must Make Splash In 2014 Free Agency

Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

We are far removed from that early season fluke of a game where the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Miami Heat.

At that point in the season, we could not have predicted how the East played out, but Philadelphia’s outcome comes as no surprise. As they wait to see what might happen with 2013 first round pick Nerlens Noel, the 76ers continue to plummet to the bottom. Wednesday night was no different, as they fell victim to the Boston Celtics, 114-108. The loss drops Philadelphia 15-35, seven games out of eighth place in the NBA Eastern Conference.

We might have predicted that the 76ers would not make the 2014 postseason, but we could not have predicted they would continue to be as bad as they have been amongst the poor East competition. That being said, this season is a loss, with Noel likely out until next year and the current predicament the team is in. But it isn’t all that bad, because the 76ers only have five players under guaranteed contract next season, leaving them plenty of flexibility going into the postseason. Sadly, the 76ers had traded away a 2014 draft pick that will most likely be a lottery pick.

Despite the bad Andrew Bynum trade that left a terrible taste in their mouth, the 76ers can make some moves this summer. They have room under the salary cap to land some big names and they have plenty of young talent to package together in a trade. They will have to do something this offseason, because after beginning to see success with names like Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday only to trade away their big names for years of hardship, fans will start to get antsy and next thing you know, Philadelphia no longer has a basketball team. That is a bit of an exaggeration, but that is how relocation happens.

The summer of 2014 will be one of big importance across the league, and that includes the 76ers.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShanRantNBA@gmail.com.