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Sixers Offseason Woes. Who Stays, Who Goes?

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The Sixers’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion Sunday night due to a Kawhi Leonard dagger lifting the Raptors over the Sixers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Joel Embiid was the Sixers’ MVP of the night scoring 21 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and recording three blocks. Unfortunately, the Sixers once again couldn’t stop Leonard from pouring on 41 points and hauling in eight rebounds. Leonard torched the Sixers all series scoring 30+ points five out of seven games.

Now that the final bell has tolled on the Sixers’ season, its time to take a deep dive on who will be back with the organization after another disappointing 2nd round exit. Starting line-up players; Tobias Harris, J.J. Redick, and Jimmy Butler will all have a chance to test free-agency this upcoming year. First year General Manager Elton Brand will undoubtedly have a difficult task this off-season.

Brett Brown

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Stay Rumors began swirling before Game Seven that Brett Brown was on the hot seat if the Sixers failed to win (according to NY Times’ Marc Stein). Brown was first hired by the organization back in August of 2013 and was committed long-term to this organization and had to endure the “process” years. However, Brown has only had his two franchise stars for two years during the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 campaign. With Embiid and Ben Simmons, who’s coming off a great rookie year, coach Brown went 103-61 during the past two seasons.

However, he struggled when it came to the playoffs with just a .545 W/L %. What helps Brown is that he did recently sign a four-year extension at the end of last season. Also, there are few to no head coach candidates that would be a better replacement for Brown. Unless Villanova’s Jay Wright comes through the door, Brown stays put.

Tobias Harris

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Go… The Sixers first acquired Tobias Harris via the L.A. Clippers in exchange for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, and Landry Shamet. L.A. also received a protected Miami Heat 2021 first-round pick. The Harris deal also sent Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott to the Sixers. Harris played reasonably well during his tenure with the Sixers averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per game. He also excelled during the first-round matchup with the Brooklyn Nets. Harris put up 18 points, nine rebounds, and four assists during the series. Unfortunately, Harris will command max contract offers from other teams, and I would rather let him walk than pay him max money. This situation is, albeit, discouraging after all the Sixers gave up for a one-year rental of the 26-year old.

J.J. Redick

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Go… While J.J. Redick does provide much-needed firepower for the Sixers, there has been interest from the New York Knicks, who would be able to offer a more lucrative deal for the 34-year old. Redick stated at the Sixers’ presser following the Game Seven loss that he’d love to be back and finish his career with the Sixers. While that sounds fine and dandy, we all know that money talks in this league. I can recall a former Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl MVP and champion wanting to finish his career in Philly and then leaving for Jacksonville. Redick averaged 18 points this season on 40% shooting from beyond the arc. While he is the Sixers’ sharpshooter, he is an absolute liability on defense. When his shots aren’t falling, he does more harm than good.

Jimmy Butler

 

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Stay… At times it seemed as if Jimmy Butler was the best player on the Sixers’ roster this season. Hitting multiple game-winners earlier in his time in Philly, he was the go-to guy in late game situations. Look no further than his game-tying bucket in Game Seven against the Raptors evening the score 92-92. To say the acquisition of Butler from Minnesota was a success early this season would be an understatement. Butler averaged 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists during his first season with the 76ers.

He, like Tobias Harris, will also be able to earn a max contract this off-season. Its time to break out the Brinks’ truck because the Sixers would be crazy not to give it to him. Despite Butler being 29 years-old a four or five-year deal wouldn’t break the bank for the Sixers if GM Elton Brand lets Redick and Harris walk in free agency. Butler provides excellent veteran leadership and is a great two-way player that the Sixers desperately need. The only question is, would Butler accept the max contract offer? Or would he prefer the bright lights of L.A. or the nightlife of N.Y.?

Other Notable FA

Go… TJ McConnell

Stay… Mike Scott

Go… Greg Monroe

Stay… James Ennis III

Go… Boban Majanovic

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