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.
“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.