By Cody Daniel @CodyDanielRS on March 19, 2014
If there was ever a team that needed a complete reconstruction of its roster, the Philadelphia 76ers fit the bill. The tank is now in full effect with the Sixers losing their last 21 games. The 2014 NBA Draft is the light at the end of the tunnel for Sixers GM Sam Hinkie, but the Sixers need more than a few draft picks and the free agency can fill that void. That said, here are five players the 76ers should target this offseason.
After starting his career with the San Antonio Spurs, DeJuan Blair became an inside force for Gregg Popovich despite being only 6-foot-7. As he is now with the Dallas Mavericks, Blair still finds himself overshadowed by the veterans for playing time. If the Sixers snag Blair, he would bring physical toughness and tenacity, which is needed in Philadelphia.
One of the many inconsistencies for Philadelphia this season has been their horrid 3-point-shooting. In fact, the ability to put up points in general has been a major issue for Brett Brown’s youthful team. Jordan Hamilton could develop into a reliable scoring option for the Sixers, especially on the wing.
Putting all of the personal issues Michael Beasley has dealt with aside, he still has the potential to be a pivotal piece on any team. That is exactly what the Sixers need and Beasley could fill that void next season. Yes, the Sixers should end up with a future star in the draft, but sometimes draft picks don’t pan out and Beasley could take pressure off the entirety of the team with his abilities on the hardwood.
As you may know, the Sixers have become the worst defensive team in the NBA this season, which is exactly why the Sixers need to pursue him this offseason. With Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and whoever the Sixers bring on board through the draft, Sefolosha will simply need to bring his veteran experience and defensive prowess, which Philadelphia desperately needs.
Pau Gasol landing in The City of Brotherly Love is a long shot to say the least, but that doesn’t mean the Sixers shouldn’t throw their name in the mix. The Sixers have been bullied in the paint all season, and scoring has been an obvious crutch. Gasol would kill two birds with one stone for the Sixers with his size and touch from the field.
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