The Philadelphia 76ers have about $60 million of cap space this offseason and newly-appointed general manager Bryan Colangelo looks to put it to good use. However, the latest NBA rumors in Philly suggest that the Sixers will overpay to sign a quality free agent this summer.
In an interview with the Burlington County Times, Colangelo revealed that they will likely overpay for a player or two in free agency. He understands that Philadelphia is not a good place to be if you want to contend for a championship.
“A team in our situation probably needs to be willing to overpay. There’s a line you have to draw. Assess where you are and do basketball evaluations if a guy comes and justify it, analytically. A lot of things go into the selection of a player you sign as a free agent. If it means we overpay, maybe we go on a shorter term for higher dollars. One thing we don’t want is to be locked into mediocrity,” Colangelo said.
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The Sixers have gone 47-199 in the last three seasons but thing might be looking up starting this summer. They have the biggest chance to get the first overall pick in this year’s NBA draft and select a franchise cornerstone.
The team also has some valuable young assets like Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Dario Saric that can be used to acquire a top star. As for free agency, it would be very difficult to convince players to sign with them but paying them a little more would be the key.
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Some of the available free agents this season that the Sixers may include Bradley Beal, Nicolas Batum, Harrison Barnes, Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson. Big stars like Kevin Durant likely won’t even consider signing with them.
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