The Philadelphia 76ers enjoyed some early offseason success when it was finally time to continue expanding their roster. They were able to get some financial flexibility after James Harden turned down his $47.3 million player option and they got to work.
Philadelphia stole PJ Tucker from rival Miami Heat early in free agency, and then they made a deal with Danuel House Jr. after he played for the Utah Jazz. Both Tucker and House Jr. are expected to play a very important role for Philadelphia due to their defensive ability and three-point shooting.
Now that Harden has re-signed, the Sixers are considered one of the off-season winners, and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst had this to say about Philadelphia and the moves they’ve made:
Thanks to the contract that Harden signed and the maneuvers they took, they were able to add three important elements to their list. PJ Tucker, DeAnthony Melton, Danuel House without subtracting anyone. Danny Green was traded, but he was going to be out the whole season, or most of the season. So you are looking at the same thing again. They got their stars back and they’re adding to them and that’s why you feel good when they take a step forward.
Of course, the steps they have taken come with risks. After all, Tucker is 37 years old and there is no guarantee that he will be the same player as in the Heat. However, on paper, the additions the 66ers made should nudge them in the right direction and make them serious contenders in the East.
With that said, it won’t be passed on to them. The Boston Celtics have made it to the NBA Finals and improved, the Milwaukee Bucks will be there again with a healthy Chris Middleton, and the Brooklyn Nets are an obvious wild card, but they have tons of talent. The Heat have lost Tucker, but they always seem to find a way to stick their nose into the conversation.
Either way, the Sixers will be in the Finals for the first time since 2001. They have arguably the best Joel Embiid era lineup they’ve ever had as they move forward with that lineup.
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