The Philadelphia 76ers were one of the feel-good stories of the NBA this past season with “The Process” coming to fruition with an impressive 52 win regular season. The step from bad to good is important but the step from good to great is more important and often much more difficult. This offseason is key for the 76ers to move into the upper echelon of the East (see Cavs, Celtics) and the NBA itself (see Warriors, Rockets). There are impending decisions coming in the draft, through trades and free agency that could alter where this team goes in the future.
Team Options: A team option is when the organization can decide to bring back a specific player at a predetermined price. The 76ers already exercised this option for reserve point guard TJ McConnell, but still have a decision to make it when it comes to bouncy big man Richaun Holmes. The team has until June 29th to decide whether they want to use a roster spot and pay $1.6 million for Richaun to stay another year.
Outgoing Free Agents: J.J. Redick, Amir Johnson, Ersan Ilyasova, and Marco Belinelli were all contributors to this team, who have now entered unrestricted free agency. The 76ers will not have a period to match offers, and these players can sign with whomever they choose. There has been “mutual interest” for Redick to return, but the others seem like relative question marks to return. Free agency opens up July 1 with official signings beginning July 6.
NBA Draft: Stemming from multiple previous trades, the 76ers finally were able to get the Los Angeles Lakers’ pick to convey for this upcoming draft, as they hold that pick (#10) and their own pick (#26) in the first round. With that first pick, look for the 76ers to go for a wing player or spot up shooter depending on who is available. The 76ers also hold four second round picks (#38, #39, #56, #60) that they could draft from or use as assets to move up or down the board. The draft will take place at the Barclays Center on June 21.
Incoming Free Agents: This could potentially be the most important part of this offseason, because it surely has been the most talked about topic. The big two of Lebron James or Paul George potentially coming to Philly has been on the minds of fans for a long time. Even if the 76ers don’t land either of these franchise changing stars, there is a decent amount of depth in this free agency class that can greatly help this team in the future. As mentioned earlier, free agency kicks off July 1.