Monday, October 2 2023

The offseason is here for the Philadelphia 76ers after their season ended in familiar fashion: in Round 2 of the playoffs.

The Sixers have some issues that need to be addressed as they head into an important offseason. Some believe they are at a bit of a crossroads after falling in the Eastern Conference semifinals in five of the past six seasons. President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey has done a solid job of putting together competitive rosters, but they haven’t been able to push through.

For the Sixers, there are a few questions that they need to address in the summer in order to be serious contenders in the 2023-24 season and those questions are:

What to do with James Harden?

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This right here is the $200 million question. The Sixers are obviously going to be interested in bringing back The Beard after he just led the league in assists and shot a career-high from deep. He is still a largely impactful player and is the elite playmaker the Sixers need to make their offense run. Philadelphia can offer him $210 million over four years while the Houston Rockets can offer $201 million over the same time span.

However, when considering the major see-saw production in Round 2 against Boston, is it worth giving him the $200 million he commands? Should the Sixers commit long-term to Harden or let him walk? This is the biggest question Philadelphia has to address.

Who is the best replacement for Doc Rivers?

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There is no shortage of candidates to replace Rivers. The Sixers are set to meet with former Raptors coach Nick Nurse and one has to assume that guys like former Suns coach Monty Williams, lead assistant Sam Cassell, and former Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni will also get a chance to interview.

The question is who is the right choice? Will Nurse be able to help Joel Embiid and Harden (if he returns) take the next step in the East? Will they give D’Antoni a look to try and appease Harden to return? D’Antoni and Harden have a great relationship so that could be it.

Which free agents return?

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Per Spotrac, the Sixers could potentially have 10 players hit free agency in the offseason. That will depend on whether players pick up their player options such as Danuel House Jr. and Montrezl Harrell. They both have player options for the 2023-24 season and whether they pick them up or not will decide Philadelphia’s free agency status.

Now, guys like Jalen McDaniels, Georges Niang, Shake Milton, and Dewayne Dedmon will all be unrestricted free agents. McDaniels was acquired at the deadline, but he was not part of the rotation at all in Games 4-through-7 against the Boston Celtics. It will be interesting to see if he returns in the summer.

Niang has expressed interest in a return while one has to assume that Milton and Dedmon will look for opportunities elsewhere.

Paul Reed is a restricted free agent and considering the strides he took, one has to assume the Sixers will match any offer he receives if in their price range.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire

Source: Yahoo Sports


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