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76ers finally ready to enter free-agent marketplace

Aug 2, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

Sam Hinkie

The 76ers, for my money, had one of the best offseasons in the NBA. Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick was a great trade, one that gave Philadelphia clear direction.

In their rebuilding efforts, the 76ers made a few other small moves: drafting Michael Carter-Williams, trading for Royce White and Furkan Aldemir and claiming James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht off waivers.

But the 76ers haven’t signed a single free agent. Now, they’re ready to enter the free-agent marketplace.

Via Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

“We have needs all around,” Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said. “We are going to look for guys who can be a part of our future and have a chance, some guys who can grow with our team.”

“We can be flexible,” Hinkie said of free agency. “We have lots of guys that can play several different positions. . . . So we will move guys around if we find people that we think we can feel comfortable with.”

All the top free agents have already signed, but that shouldn’t disappoint the 76ers. They’re tanking next year, anyway, so there’s no sense in paying for a big-time – or even a medium-time – free agent who’s good enough to help the team win and hurt its lottery odds.

Look for Philadelphia to mine the dredges for undervalued prospects with few other options – players the 76ers can sign to long-term deals with little to no guaranteed money. That will give Philadelphia a chance of possessing quality contracts when its ready to contend in a couple years. 

Veterans who can help teach the team’s young players could also be options.

Really, the 76ers’ No. 1 goal in free agency is not signing anyone who will hurt their lottery odds. At this point, they shouldn’t have to worry much.

  1. lthompson1127 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Why not try to pluck Harrison Barnes out of Golden St?! He would certainly fit the mold of a young up an coming player they can build with. Just my thought. ; )

    • Kevin S. - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      In exchange for what? GSW is a team contending right now, and Barnes is helping them contend while still under his rookie contract. What could Philly possibly offer the Dubs to pry him free?

      • tfoz5150 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        Michael Curry, our defensive-minded assistant coach. He’s pretty good.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        There’s going to be a lot of trade talk around Harrison Barnes this season. With Iggy in the mix and if Bogut/Lee stay healthy then Barnes won’t get the kind of minutes & pressure under which he thrived last season.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        Sure, but not for anything that Philly has to offer. And I’m not sure Barnes faces that much of a minutes crunch. Even if you assume that GSW never plays small with Lee at center or big with Iggy at the two (unrealistic expectations, IMO), Barnes can easily get 25-30 minutes/night backing up both forward positions. Given that the Warriors’ backup guards are the #30 pick in the draft and Toney Douglas, and their backup bigs are Mareese Speights and Jermaine O’Neal’s fetid corpse, I’d say that it’s pretty likely that they’re going to use some creative lineups to get their six best players on the court as much as possible.

      • stephenajr - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        uhhh, I dont know maybe even turner the highly versitile all around former 2nd overall pick . Who also happens to be on the trading block ever since jrue Holiday was traded.As he can back up Curry or Thompson on any given night.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        You mean the same Evan Turner who is A) not as good as Harrison Barnes, B) more expensive than Harrison Barnes, and C) has two fewer years on his rookie contract than Harrison Barnes? Yeah, I’m sure the Warriors can’t wait to make that deal!

      • Kevin S. - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Oh, and D) the same Evan Turner whose inability to coexist with Andre Iguodala lead to Philly shopping AI2 around before they used him to land Bynum?

  2. saint1997 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    That post had more shameless plugs than Donald Trump’s hair

  3. DonkeyStick - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Don’t sign anyone, lose as many games as possible to get high picks in this GREAT draft, have 2 for 1 ticket give away, lose money this year and come back in 2014

    • stephenajr - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      They still have one roster spot. Which they should use on a possible undrafted rookie like I dont know a seth curry, Khalif Wyatt or a Trevor Embakwe. they are in a great situation to tank next year for possibly Andrew wiggins or Jabari Parker.

  4. darrkkomens - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    How are you going to start signing free agents and you still don’t even have a coach?? You don’t know what systems he’s going to implement. I know we are tanking the season but at least give the illusion that you’re getting the coaches input.

  5. jabronikid - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    They’re clearly tanking… I hope they lose all their games.

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