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I hate free agency in the NBA. Almost every single deal is worthless because the team is either not good enough for a middling free agent to matter or the player getting signed has just been around awhile so owners and GMs like the veteran-ness. But alas, the Sixers have only 9 players on the roster for next year as of now and they will have to sign a couple guys.
That's why there's some Devin Ebanks talk, some Jared Jeffries talk, and more to come. These aren't franchise-changers and the Sixers know it -- they simply have to fill out their roster. One can only hope the Sixes sign whichever free agents they do bring in to short-term, minimal deals so they aren't bogged down by more bad contracts going into next offseason, where there will be a good crop of free agents.
After the jump, I'll take a look at some of the realistic guys I wouldn't hate if the Sixers signed. Most of them are wings because I figure they'll trade Dre for a starting big and they've got more than enough backup big men. All of these are obviously pending a relatively small deal. Nothing big, please.1. Courtney Lee - Houston Rockets
The soon-to-be 27-year-old from Western Kentucky was bitten by the injury bug this year, the first time he's played under 90% of the season in his career. But he finished the season with his best month of the year so there's no reason to think he's not healthy coming into 2012-13. He's a very solid defender for a 6'5 2-guard with pretty comparable numbers to Jodie Meeks. His shot selection won't kill you and he's athletic enough to hang with the Sixers in the fast break. Between Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, you could do much worse for a starting two.
Everything I'm about to say about Mayo is hypothetical. Because there's the Real OJ and the Fantasy OJ. In Fantasy OJ Land, he's an efficient shooter with plenty of athleticism that translates in the break and on defense. He'd both stretch the floor for the attacking of Jrue and Evan while also be able to score in isolation. And world peace. But Real OJ played a ton of hero ball last year, with only 41% of his shots from 16-23 feet being assisted and 81% from beyond the arc -- both the lowest they've been since his rookie year. He's a half-decent passer when he feels like it but his shot selection is so off that all the good stuff he gives you is outweighed by the 22-foot fadeaways. His defense is also splotchy at best. But he's still super-talented and, for the right price in Fantasy OJ Mayo Land (which is a great theme park to take your kids to), I'd bite on him.
He's restricted so they'll have to give him a bit more if the Raps won't match, but I have an unnatural love for him. HE'S JUST SO FAST. I think if you told him to never shoot ever and only run really fast up and down the court, he'd be more effective. His numbers were pretty damn good this year, with a career high 30.7% assist rate and career low 14.4% turnover rate despite having a career high 24.6% usage rate. Pretty decent career free throw rate as well. I'm not sure how much it'd take to sign him, but I'd be thrilled with him as Jrue's backup.
Just for the novelty of it, but I'd only pay him 5 bucks.
6. Donte Green - Sacramento Kings
He's pretty horrendous, but he USED TO BE able to shoot so I wouldn't mind taking a flier on him in hopes he remembers how to do that.
7. Patty Mills - San Antonio Spurs
He was adorable at St. Mary's and his Aussie so why not? Put him at the end of the bench and just let him talk funny. In the few minutes he played last season, his percentages were ridiculous.
Never give up, never surrender.