After missing the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, the rebuilding process continues for the Philadelphia 76ers. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Sixers will be targeting Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick in the upcoming free agency.
The Sixers are eyeing to return to title contention after spending the past seasons rebuilding the team. After years of tanking, the Sixers managed to acquire talented players who can help them become a significant team in the league once again. Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and Ben Simmons are expected to lead the Sixers in the succeeding years.
Sixers should focus on upgrading their backcourt this summer
When healthy, Embiid, Saric, and Simmons will undeniably form a formidable frontcourt in Philadelphia. Simmons missed the entire 2016-17 NBA season but the Sixers remain optimistic that he’ll be 100 percent ready next season. Sixers president Bryan Colangelo revealed their plan to use him as their starting point guard, believing Simmons can compete against every elite guard in the league.
“I think Ben will show you that he can guard most point guards in this league. He’ll be able to do it,” Colangelo said. “It’s just learning the angle, learning the personnel, learning their tendencies. But he’s been doing a lot of film study. So he’ll probably have a leg up on a lot of that.”
However, to maximize the effectiveness of Simmons at the point, the Sixers need to add a reliable shooter on their team. The Sixers may have a promising frontcourt but their backcourt proved to be a major concern. In the upcoming offseason, Philadelphia should prioritize addressing their backcourt issues either via the upcoming draft, free agency, or trade market.
J.J. Redick as Philadelphia 76ers’ free agency target
According to John Smallwood of Philadelphia Daily News, the Sixers could target incoming free agents from recently eliminated playoff teams. Of all the players included on the list, Los Angeles Clippers guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick will be a great addition to the Sixers. However, the Clippers are reportedly planning to give Paul and Blake Griffin a maximum contract this summer.
Paul continues to chase for an NBA championship title. It remains questionable if he will consider the Sixers as a free agency destination. Meanwhile, if the Clippers give Paul and Griffin max contracts, it will be easier for the Sixers to lure J.J. Redick.
Redick will undeniably boost the Sixers’ backcourt, giving them a threat on the perimeter. In 11 NBA seasons, the 32-year-old veteran shooting guard averaged 41.5 percent from beyond the arc.
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