NBA Free Agency kicked off approximately two weeks ago. There have been many significant signings across the league such as Lonzo Ball to Chicago, Kyle Lowry to Miami, and Dennis Schroder to Boston.
For the 76ers, they have had a much less exciting but productive free agency. Philadelphia retained swingman Furkan Korkmaz, signed veteran Andre Drummond to a minimum deal, and picked up stretch big Georges Niang using part of the taxpayer MLE. However, the big topic pertaining to this team is whether or not Ben Simmons stays with the 76ers. If not, it could change Philadelphia’s roster and cap space significantly. However, that is not relevant for now.
It is evident, the 76ers do not have a lot of cap flexibility with three players on max contracts on the roster. Philadelphia is about $8 million over the luxury tax threshold. Meaning, it is not financially possible to sign any players without exceptions. Moreover, Philly still has the Al Horford trade exception worth $8.1 million which expires September 7th. In addition, they possess the remainder of the taxpayer MLE ($5.8 million). Though the Sixers will not be able to make a splash this late in free agency, they could still sign a quality veteran and there are some intriguing options available.
James Ennis III
James Ennis is a wing who can shoot the three and plays solid perimeter defense. He fits the “3&D” type of player and could be a good reserve player next to Joel Embiid. However, Ennis might not get many minutes due to the competition at his position with Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz. Nonetheless, he would be an ideal addition.
James Ennis averaged 8.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 43.3% from three with the Orlando Magic last season. As you probably know, Ennis had a stint in Philadelphia from the later half of the 2019 season to early 2020. It is not clear if he would welcome a return to the City of Brotherly Love. If so, it would most likely be on a minimum deal or part of the MLE.
Wesley Matthews would be a decent addition to the Philadelphia 76ers. He may not get much playing time, but his shooting and veteran presence would benefit any title contender. Matthews spent last season as a part of the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 4.8 points per game while shooting 35.3% from the field and 33.5% from beyond the arc. Those stats may not be the greatest, but Wesley would provide leadership to the Sixers young core (Jaden Springer, Matisse Thybulle, and Furkan Korkmaz).
If the Sixers were to sign Wes, it would be on a minimum contract.
J.J. Redick was a fan favorite here in Philadelphia during his time with the 76ers. Redick spent two years with the team (2017-2018 & 2018-2019) and was an excellent fit with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Furthermore, Simmons and Redick were dangerous in transition with Simmons being a threat at the rim. Additionally, his dribble handoff with Joel Embiid was lethal and efficient.
Sadly, JJ left Philadelphia for a bigger contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. That did not work out due to little playing time and issues with coach Stan Van Gundy. Eventually, New Orleans traded him to the Dallas Mavericks in this past season’s trade deadline. In total, Redick averaged 7.4 points per game while shooting 39.7% from the field and 37.1% from beyond the arc. JJ stated that his preferred destination is an east coast team, so why not Philadelphia on a minimum contract?