The NBA draft is now in the rearview mirror and the future of the Sixers is becoming clearer. Enter Bryan Colangelo: the new general manager who holds the keys to the future success of the franchise. Gone is Sam Hinkie, mastermind of the process. Despite being a Hinkie-ite, I will give Colangelo a chance to build upon what Hinkie started.
Colangelo has already earned some trust for his stellar work during last weeks NBA draft. The son of Jerry didn’t overthink his plans and drafted a potentially franchise changing player in Ben Simmons. Furthermore, Colangelo didn’t trade his valuable assets for pennies on the dollar. Now, the city gets to see what the architect of the Toronto Raptors can do, as he enters his first foray into free agency with his new look 76ers.
With the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwayne Wade leading the way for free agents, the Sixers need to be realistic in their targets and smart with their money. Yes, the team is under the cap floor, but that doesn’t mean the Sixers should go throw big money at mid-tier free agents.
With that, here is my Sixers wish list:
- Harrison Barnes – RFA – Yup, I went there. For weeks, I had been preaching for the Sixers not to go after the former Tar Heel in free agency. Barnes, he of the awful NBA Finals, has all the tools to be a star, but has never put it all together. Still just 24, the small forward could be the perfect Robin to Ben Simmons Batman. Barnes can shoot, get to the rim, defend and rebound. Yet, something still rubbed me the wrong way when I saw Marc Stein’s tweet:
As long as the Sixers don’t sign Barnes to a max deal, which is what would likely have to happen to persuade him to leave Golden State, I’d be fine with it.
- Jordan Clarkson – RFA – The Lakers combo guard is unlikely to leave Los Angeles, but trying to pry him away from the city of Angels is worth the risk. Clarkson would be valuable to the Sixers due to the fact that he is a combo guard. The Sixers, as we saw last year, lack legitimate guard player. Adding Clarkson, who could bring the ball up or play off ball when Simmons is running the point, would be ideal. The easiest way to pry the 24 year old away from LA is with a sign-and-trade deal.
- Mike Conley – UFA – Look, you and I both know it’s not going to happen, but this is my wish list. I have long wanted Conley as the Sixers point guard of the present and future. The former Buckeye has been in the league for what feels like an eternity, but is still just 28. He is a true point guard and a strong on-ball defender. To attempt to get a player of Conley’s ilk to come to Philadelphia, a max deal will be in order…but even that might not get it done.
- Andre Miller – UFA – Yes, he’s old. No, he does not have a lot left in the tank. But what’s not to love about Andre Miller? He’s a veteran who can run the point and act as a leader in what will be one of the youngest teams in the league, again. Miller could be this seasons Elton Brand, a veteran brought in to help lead the kids and play a little when necessary.
And with that, my free agent wishes for the Sixers are in the (hopefully) capable hands of Bryan Colangelo. But, if he screws this up, always remember…