Off-season Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

Trust onto the process and the process shall provide.

– Hinkie 7:6

C’mon, y’all know I couldn’t help myself. As per usual this will probably shape up a very eventful summer for the Philadelphia 76ers. Although the Colangelo’s are at the helm now any success they can and will be able to tout moving forward has Sam Hinkie’s name all over it. Oh, look at me being real housewife messy. Anyhow, the 76ers are once again armed with tons of cap space (up to $40 million of they choose so) and a high draft pick. So the big question is that with their young core starting to take shape (all hinging on the health of Ben Simmons) how focused are they in cashing out to build a real team right now.

Needs: Starting shooting guard and front court bench depth

Wants: Retain productive guys currently on roster at a good price and be smart about rookie extension talks with Joel Embiid and Nik Stauskas (HA!).

 

Money Situation

Guaranteed                                2017-18                         Insider info
Jerryd Bayless                         $9,000,000
Ben Simmons                          $6,168,840
Joel Embiid                              $6,100,266                Rookie extension eligible
Jahlil Okafor                             $4,995,120
Nik Stauskas                             $3,807,147              Rookie extension eligible
Dario Saric                               $2,422,560
Justin Anderson                       $1,579,440
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot     $1,386,600

Non/partial                                 2017-18                     Guarantee date
Gerald Henderson                    $9,000,000                        June 30
Richaun Holmes                       $1,471,382
Robert Covington                     $1,577,230        Team option / extension eligible
T.J. McConnell                           $1,471,382
Shawn Long                               $1,312,611

FA cap holds                                2017-18                       FA status
Tiago Splitter                           $12,825,000                          Bird
Sergio Rodriguez                      $9,600,000                      Non-Bird
Alex Poythress                           $1,512,611                Restricted non-Bird

First-round holds                        2017-18
No. 3 selection                            $5,645,400
Furkan Korkmaz                       $1,465,920

 

Outlook

Personally one of the most exciting things about the NBA off-season is the Philadelphia 76ers draft pick. Sure, it may seem like a no brainer but this is where I mention that once upon a time Kwame Brown happened, Darko Millicic happened, hell Jahlil Okafor is currently happening to the 76ers right now. But for the most part they’ve made good on these picks. Unless you want to argue the merits of Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. So I have no doubt that Philly will do well here which is why I project them to select Josh Jackson out of Kansas. At 6’7″ he has good size, can play both wing positions, is already a plus defender and is just a tireless competitor.

A lot will go into beefing up Philadelphia’s cap number from the current $18 million to a possible $40 million. Luckily when your priciest guarantee contract is only $9 million it’s safe to say you have a little wiggle room. Well that and you have two guys on your books that aren’t really vital to your success that can net you $21 million if you kindly show them the door. Tiago Splitter’s 12.8 million and Sergio Rodriguez’s $9.6 million will open Philly up to be a real player this summer if they choose to walk away (they will).

Like Minnesota, Philly has proven themselves to be a destination for fringe vets looking for a decent check and a shot at rehabbing their value. And with them set to add another young piece along with the breakout seasons of Embiid and Saric I can see them adding a few names that may come as a surprise to some. As mentioned up top a starting level shooting guard is a need. Despite the savvy signing of Gerald Henderson last summer he’s proven more to be a quality reserve than a major minutes guys. And with the continued monitoring of Jojo’s minutes a high level reserve power forward and center has become a necessity. Especially as they continue to attempt to move Okafor.

Names to watch: Dion Waiters (YEAH I WENT THERE!) – SG – Player Option, Greg Monroe – C – Player Option, Christiano Felicio – PF/C – Restricted, Joffrey Lauvergne – PF/C – Restricted, Willie Reed – C – Unrestricted, Bojan Bogdanovic – SG – Restricted, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – SG – Restricted

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