76ers Offseason wishlist
The 76ers sucked this year, there was no denying that...Jrue Holiday and Thad Young were the best 2 players on the team, Evan Turner was up and down all year long but he was solid enough to keep longterm...Lossing Iguadola to Denver and sending young studs Nikoli Vucevic and Maurice Harkless to Orlando for oft injured C Andrew Bynum was disasterous to say the least, Bynum never played 1 game for Philly and Iggy helped the Nuggets land a top 4 seed in the West, not to mention Vucevic and Harkless looked very promising for a terrible Magic squad.
After all is said and done the 76ers are not dead for next 5 years.
We have 17 million dollars rolling of the books in the form of Bynum's contract, throw in the expiring contracts of Nick Young, Dorrell Wright, Kwame Brown(player option) and bench players Damien Wilkens and Charles Jenkins and we should have 27 million in possible cap space...
Add to that cap room our 2013 1st round draft pick in the lottery (11th or 12th)
What should The 76ers do with the cap room and draft pick?
They'll be doing fans a great disservice by not reaching out to Dwight Howard, perhaps luring him with a Max Contract, the chance to hand pick the next coach and become the face of a proud organization that has had Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone play the Center position. The team would still have 7 to 10 million in cap space plus their 1st round prospect to build around Howard, Holiday, Turner and Thad Young, Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen, Arnett Moultrie and Jason Richardson (who may be bought out due to injury)
Of course this a big what if and I fear Philly isnt on Howard's radar, so 27 million to spend on Who???
A. OJ Mayo 4yrs/28 million (7 million per season to start at Sg alongside Holiday and Turner)
B. Al Jefferson 4yrs/50 million (12.5 million per season to start at Pf/C and Spencer or Thad would start next to Big Al)
C. Chase Budinger 4 yrs/16million (4 million to be the Sg/Sf 3pt specialist)
Draft the BPA to add some depth at Pg or Pf/C, would love for us to net a stud with our pick regardless of position if that player is available...
This is of course just me thinking out loud, what do you guys think they do??? They better start with dumping Andrew, Dorrell and Swaggy though
I have been saying they should sign Jefferson for a while. If they are going to give Bynum big money why not pay someone who isn't a health risk and is a better low post scorer. The Sixers haven't had a player they can throw it to on the block and get an easy bucket for as long as I remember.
I don't think they will make a run at Mayo. He picked up his game with Dirk out for Dallas but he is another guy who would need the ball in his hands to be effective and they already have two of them in Holiday and Turner. They need a spot up shooter to play that 3rd guard spot.
In the draft I would like to see them take the best available player regardless of position. I think it could end up being a great fit if Kentavious Caldwell Pope is there at 11th or 12th.
A lineup of Holiday, Pope, Turner, Young and Jefferson could make some noise in the East and be a top 5 team in the conference. They need to address their bench and I wouldn't mind seeing Wright or maybe even Young stay as a 6th man.
We should give Phil Jackson a call and offer him both the Coaching and GM position, maybe Philly is close enough to New York to give Phil that comfortable feeling, I also think Phil could work wonders with Holiday and Turner as a Payton/Pippen type duo, and with 27 million in cap space and other pieces like Thad Young, Spencer Hawes and Arnett Moultrie plus Lottery pick in 2013 a coach like Jackson could turn it around quick...
Now that's another big what if so lets target guys lile Stan Van Gundy, Jeff Van Gundy, Solomon Grundy and Al Bundy for Mollom's sake...Any of the Gundy's would be good IMO...Maybe Tim Legler or Brian Shaw or A great college coach can help too...
The Sixers should give Phil Jackson a call, but unless they want to hand over a large portion of the franchise they shouldn't expect him to come. I mean he wanted a portion of the Lakers, the team his girlfriend is a part owner of, in order to come back and coach. So I highly doubt anything less than a large portion of the Sixers would even interest Phil.
That being said going after Al Jefferson would make a lot of sense if they can get him for the right amount. Offensively and on the boards Big Al is a good player. He's never missed much time short of when he tore his ACL. In my mind he seems like a smarter addition than re-signing Andrew Bynum with his questionable health and desire to play basketball.
I wouldn't go after OJ Mayo because as Sewok15 said, "he (Mayo) is another guy who would need the ball in his hands to be effective and they already have two of them in Holiday and Turner."
Bringing Dorell Wright back at the right price wouldn't be bad either. I'd personally prefer retaining him to Nick Young who doesn't play defense and has a very questionable shot selection.
I'm also hiring a sports psychologist for Evan Turner and hope that individual can help him be consistent. Turner has loads of talent, but from one game to the next it surges and then disappears. Hopefully for Turner and the 76ers whatever coach is hired can clear up Turners inconsistency and help him learn to play his best consistently.
I would Hire Shaw or give Tim Legler a shot. Hes a philly guy and hes always at games. I want Plumlee or Len in the draft. We need a big man
I dont Wright or Nick Young to play Sg/Sf next year, I would rather draft Shabbazz, KCP or Dario Saric to play those minutes, maybe even sign Chase Budinger like I said in my original post...
I think Mayo can play off the ball ala Ray Allen in Milwuakee...He, Holiday and Turner can take turns handling the ball...
Al Jefferson would be a much safer player to sign then Bynum or Pekovic IMO, I just worry about his effort on defense and ability to alter shots, maybe Hawes and Moultrie help in that area, I wouldn't mind getting a shot blocker in the draft but I hate reaching for those type of players