3 free agents the Philadelphia 76ers should pursue this summer

The Philadelphia 76ers have an important summer ahead as the end of the season looms. With the Toronto Raptors defeating the Sixers in the semifinals, Philly must bolster its roster to improve and move up in the Eastern conference.

The only players under contract for the Sixers next season are Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Jonathon Simmons, Jonah Bolden and Zhaire Smith. Jimmy Butler and James Ennis III both have player options for next season; Ennis will reportedly decline his player option and become a free agent.

Note: Since the Sixers have multiple players who are set to be free agents, here is a list of who the Sixers should focus on bringing back.

Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, JJ Redick, Mike Scott, James Ennis III

Though the Sixers should prioritize signing Butler and Tobias Harris, both who will likely command max contracts, they also need to focus on adding a few more players to strengthen their roster. With free agency recruitment set to begin June 30 at 6 p.m., here are three players the Sixers should pursue this off-season.

Darren Collison

Ben Simmons is a quality facilitator, with his passing skills being among the best in the league. But for the Sixers to move forward, they’ll need someone like Darren Collison to take pressure off Simmons in initiating the offense.

Collison is a solid starting point guard, as he’s able to run an offense and create well for his teammates. He averaged a career-high 6.0 assists per game in the regular season with the Indiana Pacers, and he can shoot well, too. He shot 40.7 percent from the 3-point line in the regular season.

Though Simmons ranked in the top 10 for assists per game this season, his playmaking skills were neutralized in the playoffs, especially in the Raptors series. He averaged 7.7 assists per game in the regular season, but he averaged 4.9 assists in the Toronto series. His playmaking abilities were taken away in the playoffs because of his lack of shooting skills.

Collison would pair well with Simmons, who would play more of a point forward role. If the Sixers signed Collison, he could keep defenses honest on the perimeter and also ensure the offense is still flowing.

Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried reignited his career with the Houston Rockets in the regular season, showing how his energetic play style could impact a team on both ends of the floor.

Faried averaged 12.9 points per game and grabbed 8.2 rebounds per game in 25 games with the Rockets. He posted some of his best numbers since his days with the Denver Nuggets, and he showed why he can still be valuable for a team.

With his athleticism, rebounding skills and quality defense, Faried would be a good player off the bench for the Sixers. He could be an option in the high pick and roll, as he’s able to roll off screens hard and finish with dunks at the rim.

Enes Kanter 

Enes Kanter has brought his quality rebounding to any team he’s been on, and along with that, he’s shown that he can score inside as well.

Kanter would be a perfect big man for the Sixers, and he could help give Embiid some rest when he needs it in big games.

Kanter is one of the best rebounders in the league, as he averaged 8.6 rebounds per game in 23 games with the Portland Trail Blazers; he was picked up by Portland after the New York Knicks waived him. Kanter has also averaged at least 10 rebounds a game three times during his career, so he could help add to the Sixers’ size down low.

Along with his rebounding skills, though, Kanter also would contribute on offense. He averaged 13.7 points per game this season, and in the previous two seasons he averaged at least 14.0 points a game.

 

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