Okay, its time for a shake up in Philly. And no, that is not a Shake Milton joke. All is not well in sixer world as another series gets away from them. Blowing that 26 point lead will haunt everyone involved for a long time. Doc Rivers is not to blame here. The man is a good coach. It is time for major changes with the roster.
Why does this keep happening?
The roster isn’t that bad. But can you circle three guys and clearly say this is the big three? Well, there is Joel Embiid, but beyond that there is nobody who is consistent enough. It sounds like fans have had enough of Ben Simmons. He has proven to be unreliable and unwilling to shoot the ball. Reports say his value has drastically diminished. Seth Curry came alive in the playoffs. The problem is he is 30 and that is when the guards start to decline. It seems like Philly has some players who are pretty good. Pretty good isn’t good enough anymore.
Emiid isn’t going anywhere. Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, Tyrese Maxey, and Furkan Korkmaz are building blocks for the future. None of them are ready to be the guy yet. A shopping spree will not be possible since they are $11,255,458 over the cap. Simmonds next year is scheduled to make $33,003936. Trading him would be a huge financial relief. Problem is that is won’t be easy, and it may be impossible.
What can they do?
To answer that question, nothing unless they trade Simmons. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine. Completely cleaning house in regards to the roster is an option. Getting picks back for players is never a bad thing, but in todays NBA, draft picks won’t help you win now. The 76ers are also in desperate need in a solid backup center for Emid. Dwight Howard probably won’t be back. Tobias Harris is another aging player with a big contract – he is set to make $38,482,759 in the 21-22 season.
Other than Embid and the aforementioned players, everyone else has to go. Korkmaz is a pending free agent so they’ll have to lock him up. To do that, trades have to come first. The free agency market isn’t looking that promising either. Getting booed off home court hopefully is wake up call the organization needs to make changes. Philadelphia now has two objects on display with cracks in them. The Liberty Bell, and the belief in this team.
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