Both Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes will become restricted free agents come July 1… we think. I mean there will be a lockout and who the heck knows what things will look like on the other end of that.
What we do know is that this week the Sixers will extend qualifying offers to Young and Hawes, Philly.com’s Deep Sixer blog reports. This was expected. What that really means is that when both test the free agent market the Sixers will have the right to match the offers of any other team. (Probably. Again, totally unknown territory ahead of us, but that’s how the old system worked.)
If Hawes and Young do not reach any deal with other teams, they could return to the Sixers (both would be due $4 million next season).
The Sixers want to keep Young around but have been rumored to be thinking about another center.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.