James Ennis was the 76ers’ lone reliably good backup this postseason.
He’s hoping to parlay that success into a salary above $1,845,301 next season.
James Ennis will decline his player option and become a free agent, his agent, Scott Nichols from Rize Management, confirmed Monday morning.
Teams can’t get enough versatile forwards like Ennis. He can defend multiple positions and, sometimes, shoot adequately from outside. The 28-year-old should remain a helpful player.
With his Non-Bird Rights, Philadelphia can offer him a starting salary up to 120% of his minimum salary. That projects to be about $2.3 million. Paying Ennis more would require using another exception (like the mid-level) or cap space.
So, whether or not they re-sign Ennis, the 76ers should keep pursuing more capable reserves.