What should the 76ers do this offseason
Do they do the unthinkable and resign Mr. Glass or use the money they'll save to chase Al Jefferson or another free agent to start at Pf or C....Do they address their hole in the inside through the draft, maybe they get lucky and one of the Pf/C in this class becomes an impact player...They also need a scorer at Sg, unless they want to resign Nick Young to fill that role I'd say they'd be looking to get a Sg in free agency or the draft...If Monta Ellis or Oj Mayo are willing to sign with Philly, do we go that route or draft Mclemore, Muhammad or Caldwell-Pope? Do we draft a Bigman or Shooting Guard? Do we sign a Bigman or Shooting Guard?
I don't even know where to start with those 20 questions. All i know is, they may have the toughest decisions to make out of any other team. They bet their whole season on Bynum to get nothing in return And losing two solid prospects. One of the biggest questions you missed is what they are going to do with Evan Turner. Very interested in what path this team chooses. I would offer my opinion but I literally have no clue
Sign and trade Turner for Al Jefferson
Draft SG (preferably Victor Oladipo)
Draft Willie Cauley Stein or Plumlee
Nick Young would be worth resigning but I'd see him as a very good 6th man, looking at the possible FA's unless they would want to sign a scoring PG and play him at SG then I agree they need to look for a SG or C.
The two names that stand out to me are Al Jefferson and Monta Ellis both are 18 to 20 ppg players and a similar age 28, Ellis may be a bit cheaper but I think that Jefferson might be a better fit. OJ Majo is an interesting choice by ScareCrow and if he could be picked up for a reasonable price he could form a great combo with Holiday and he could be just the sort of player that Coach Collins could help take to the next level.
As regards the draft I like the look of Mason Plumlee for them as he's had 4 years under Coach K at Duke who drills defence into them so Coach Collins may well prefer him to a NCAA fresher. Also Victor Oladipo is the sort of athlete who looks as if he will excel on defence and his athleticism would be a great mix with Turner and Holiday.
i like your al jefferson idea. if they can get both veterans kevin martin and chris kaman or something like that, i think this team could benefit. they should just draft the best available player.
I have no idea even though I have a lot of pride in my internet fake gm abilities. As mentioned above drafting Oladipo would be a great move, a VO-Holiday backcourt went be a defensive nightmare in a year of two. Of all the young guards including Westbrook and Rose, I think Holiday is the best defender and will be in the future. Turner was on the block and probably should be moved.
They should sign and trade Bynum then give Jefferson way to much money, something like 16-17 million a season. Somebody is, might as well be them, everyone is going to act like he isn't going to get it just like with Josh Smith but they always do.
If Bynum would take a max deal with all team options, I would sign him to that because we could always be a potential expiring deal and the club has a lot of leverage if and when his legs don't work out.
.Nets big board has WCS mocked which I think is a good pick also whether they keep Bynum or not. I would have also slap myself for not resigning Lou Williams for 5 million a season then giving Nick Young a one year 6 million dollar deal.
I would first see what Bynum value is with the league. Bynum has never been able to play 82 games and most likely will never do that. So you can't just build your team around a player like that.
I would look to a team like Minny that's trying to make a move into the Playoffs. Maybe a sign and trade with them for Nikola Pekovic / Williams and the top 8 pick the will get it done. Then you could try and trade Turner for Jefferson.
I really like the idea of drafting Oladipo that combo would be nasty.
What I'm saying is the 76ers are most likely look very different next season.
I'm not going to address the Sixers big man situation it gives me a headache. But I will say that I still believe Holiday and Turner are going to be great building blocks. Turner put on a clinic tonight coming up just one assists shy of a triple double. His biggest problem as we all know is consistency. But he's still a heck of a talented player. I believe the Sixers should build around the idea of Holiday and Turner having the ball in their hands which means they still need a steady perimeter shooting threat. Nick Young and Dorrell Wright have fell short of expectations. I thought OJ Mayo would of been a perfect fit however we didn't sign him.
Idealistically with Holiday and Turner controlling the ball, the Sixers want to grab a 3 and D 2 way wing player. Mayo is still a nice option but might come pricey. If the Sixers continue to lose, B Mac is the perfect candidate to draft. Mac doesn't need the ball and will spread the floor with his shooting.
The Sixers know they need this player tho, it's why they brought in J-Rich, Nick Young, Dorrell Wright, and fell in love with Terrence Ross during predraft workouts. It'll be interesting to see if they can finally get the right fit tho.
I like the Al Jefferson idea; he's the low-post threat this team needs and unlike Bynum he's reasonably healthy and because he doesn't rely on his athleticism he should be capable of maintaining his level of play for years.
Also, they won't have to throw the max deal at him. Unfortunately, he's simply not as good as Bynum, but a solid scoring C nevertheless.
I like the Monta Ellis idea: most teams won't get away playing him at the two, but with Holiday being their (he can guard 2's in de league) PG, they can. Ellis picks up PG's on defense, while Holiday does it on offense.
As a Celtics fan with a friend who is a staunch Sixah fan, I send him box scores od Magic games in which the players they gave up for Bynum post great stats (I ignore what E'twann Moore doesso he won't reciprocate).....but that trade really set back what looked like a promising team.
I would not retain Bynum....too risky....go after Jefferson and Ellis (could be a Celtic killer ala Andrew Toney)
The 76ers obviously were hosed by the Bynum deal.... that being said they don't need to compound that mistake by signing overpriced freeagents.
They should squirrel away their cap money assets and hope to pull off a deal similar to what Houston did for Harden.
I know those opportunities don't come along very often but I believe it's better to try that route or through the draft where the talent is on cheaper shorter term contracts rather than be saddle with 60-80 million dollar contracts.
The Bynum thing is so hard. I know why they traded for him. With a healthy Bynum, they were a couple pieces and seasoning away from being a contender. Like was said they would need a solid 2 and a more traditional 4(IMO). A solid backup point guard and that was it. That team would be experience away from a threat in the East. Bynum can't get/stay healthy though and his situation is almost unprecedented. Will he get a max deal with only one "full" season, which was the lockout year? He probably will.
Realistically, IMO, Al Jefferson isn't going to get this team past a second round exit. I wouldn't sign him to a max deal. I think the Sixers need to be patient. Every question can be answered depending on what direction they go with Bynum.
I like the Victor Oladipo thought depending on where they are picking and whether he can shoot NBA 3's consistently.
Just throwing it out their, if a superstar became disgruntled and was willing to play in Philly, a package of Turner, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen, and Arnett Moultrie/pick would be big enough to bring in almost anyone and they would still have Bynum and Holiday. I think the GM keeps bynum due to not wanting to show he made a mistake and keep his little remaining job security.
Oladipo alongside Holiday would be a great backcourt defensive duo combined with Turner at SF would give them excellent defenders at 1 to 3 plus Coach Collins would love Oladipo.
As regards Bynum if Philly did resign him then I would look to link his deal strongly to pay per play, maybe say $8 million basic then 100k per game, that would be a huge incentive to get him on court.
I do love his intangibles and he seems like a hard working dude no doubt, but I rather take Shabazz and sign a Big Guy like David West for Mid level money
Shabazz likely won't be available unless the SIxers move up in the lottery to the top 3. Oladipo is all about team/winning. Shabazz seems more about points/himself. I see one as a future winner in the league and the other as a guy who scores a lot on a bad team. Even if they both were available I would prefer Victor because although his ceiling isn't as high you at least know what you are getting.
I wouldn't mind Oladipo coming in at all because the only energy/effort guy they have on their roster now is Thad Young. Bynum must go unless he gets a short term cheap deal but I am guessing some team will be dumb enough to overpay him. Turner is a guy I always go back and forth on and since he played great last night I say keep him. He is a good ball handler and allows Holiday to play off the ball a lot. This team is a while away from competing so while I would like to see them go after somebody who can score in the paint like Al Jefferson I am not sure that is exactly good business. I don't know if Doug Collins comes back either but they way they played last night against the Warriors after he called them out was a good sign...I thought they might shut it down as a team for the year.
As much as it hurts my heart and challenges my pride as a fan, I think they're fools uf they dont make a run at a top 3 pick in this draft, they literally have nothing to gain by playing hard and attempting to climb the standings , at least they'll get their pick at Sg or Pf/C...And I feel like people have Shabazz pegged wrong; he seems like a very hard worker and unselfish team mate, he also has a lot of run for improvement and seems to have more potential than VO, who I do see being a very good player too...
Tanking down the stretch is not a good look for any team. It rarely works and there isn't anyone worth tanking for in this draft. With this being the first full season of the team under the new ownership they should look to win as many games as they can. It isn't like they are going to make the playoffs and therefore trade their 1st round pick to Miami from the Moultrie deal. Even if they are picking 11th or 12th they can possibly get a player like Len or WCS to take over at center since Bynum is a bum. If they are thinking of tanking they should think about doing it next year when there are many more potential top level prospects.
Turner is so hard to judge, you almost have about 3 lines of thought on him:-
1. He is a good NBA player who can stay in the league for a long time but was just drafted too high almost like Marvin Williams.
2. He is another Iggy who can reach All Star level and be a great 2nd or 3rd man on a contending team.
3. He can be a regular All Star and a really good point forward almost being able to carry a team on his own but not a prolific scorer maybe a similar level scorer to say Gallinari at Denver.
With Evan being up for a renewal this summer, his market worth is hard to judge, if he was overpaid then Philly could have a good complimentary player on All Star money but if he didn't resign and put up say 18ppg, 8rpg, 6apg, 1.5spg next season then someone would likely offer him a max deal which Philly would then potentially have to match.
Turner is a better scorer then most people give him credit for by just looking at box scores. Turner has so many moves, and can beat you off the dribble from the perimeter or from the post. I think his best position is SG for the same reason Demar Derozan is best at SG. When Turner plays SG he can use his height and strength to get his shot off and bully opponents. Playing Turner at SF puts him at a disadvantage because he doesn't have the length to compensate.
Like when the Sixers played the Wolves Turner could of bullied the slimmer Sved on offense, instead he was being guarded by AK 47 who used his monster length to keep blocking his shots. This has been happening all year, Turner simply get's his shot blocked a lot because he plays out of position.
With that said he's still finding ways to be effective and can play SF for the future if need be. But just think about the Raptors, and tell me Turner isn't way more better suited to be guarded and be guarding Derozan then Rudy Gay. Turner and Derozan are a much better matchup as Gay just has way too much length on Turner.
Also I forgot to point out that the Sixers really need a shot blocking big and need to push the pace more. I'd love for them to get Willie Cauley Stein and as of right now the only people I have ahead of him are Porter, Bazz, and B-Mac.