The Philadelphia 76ers are on the rise after drafting Ben Simmons in the 2016 NBA Draft while adding a couple of veteran players. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Sixers are interested in signing Real Madrid star guard Rudy Fernandez to a two-year, $20 million deal.
Philadelphia already signed Fernandez’s teammate, Sergio Rodriguez, to a one-year contract worth $8 million. The 30-year-old previously played in the NBA four for seasons and three teams including the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, and New York Knicks.
According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo (h/t EuroHoops), the Sixers have offered a two-year, $20 million contract to Fernandez. They are also prepared to pay the €4 million buyout clause in his Real Madrid deal.
However, Jessica Camerato CBS Sports has denied the report that the Sixers are interested in Rudy Fernandez. Philadelphia has already reached an agreement with Philly native Gerald Henderson. The deal is reportedly worth $18 million for two years.
The addition of Rodriguez, Bayless and Henderson makes the Sixers backcourt a little glutted. It should be noted that Fernandez is still a good player who can hit the threes consistently and finish at the rim. He seems like a much better fit in Philadelphia than Henderson.
Rodriguez and Fernandez are also a great tandem for Real Madrid, as well as the Spanish National Team. Nonetheless, the Sixers have to be happy with their current roster with Simmons, Joel Embiid and whatever they can get for Nerlens Noel and/or Jahlil Okafor.
Dario Saric is also reportedly coming to the United States and finally, play in a Sixers uniform. Things are certainly looking up in Philadelphia after a very disappointing three years wherein they only won a total of 47 games.
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