Philadelphia 76ers Find Themselves at Square One

Philadelphia 76ers Find Themselves at Square One

The 2012-2013 season for the 76ers was virtually doomed from the start. C Andrew Bynum had several procedures done on his knees during the previous offseason, and has long been purported to be generally apathetic about playing basketball. The passion is not there, and the lack of passion was once again at question as Bynum took his graceful time to recover from the procedures that should have at least enabled him to play the second half of the regular season. It appears that the Sixers were content with Bynum sitting out and being healthy this summer, so that the very least they would have the most leverage in retaining Bynum’s services (by offering an extra year, and nearly $30 million more in salary over the life of a max contract) as he is now an unrestricted free agent.

Embattled (albeit mostly self-inflicted, due to his micromanaging, obsessive-compulsive tendencies) head coach Doug Collins was shown the door at the end of the season, and the Sixers now find themselves rebuilding from scratch in terms of coaching and philosophy. They don’t know if Bynum will re-sign for sure, so most of what the Sixers will do has to be based upon the decision that Bynum gives the team. Will Nick Young re-sign? Dorell Wright? Can the Sixers find a place for Damien Wilkins? Do they extend Lavoy Allen, as he is set to become a restricted free agent? The Sixers have some cap space, but not an overwhelming amount. When factoring in their middling talent level, this is a recipe for the dreaded purgatory that some teams find themselves when they are not quite bad enough to get a top lottery pick, and aren’t even close to being a contending team.

The one bright spot for the Sixers is that they possess the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. With a core of Jrue Holliday, Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Bynum (presuming he signs), and Thaddeus Young, the Sixers may be looking for another shooter to replace Wright (who is almost certainly going to seek a bigger payday elsewhere), or a point guard to back up Holliday. Then again, teams have gone international more and more in recent drafts in order to “stash” players who come over to the United States after fulfilling their obligations with their current teams, or decide to enter the NBA when they are comfortable and ready.

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