After a wild opening night of free agency, Sixers fans saw the roster significantly altered for yet another time in the last eight months. Miami is currently working out the pieces with either Dallas or another third party to create the necessary cap space to bring in Jimmy Butler in the sign-and-trade. Assuming the Sixers do not have to take back any more additional salary than Josh Richardson, here is the roster Philadelphia is currently looking at and what they still have available to work with going forward.
Tobias Harris: $31.03M
Joel Embiid: $27.5M
Al Horford: $22.56M
Josh Richardson: $10.12M
Ben Simmons: $8.11M
Mike Scott: $4.78M
Zhaire Smith: $3.06M
Jonah Bolden: $1.7M
Matisse Thybulle: $2.58M
Shake Milton: Two-way contract
Marial Shayok: Unsigned, likely two-way contract
If we assume the Sixers slot Scott in using the Room Exception, they have $7.71M in cap space remaining to fill out the rest of the roster.
There ya go, so Philly will have the $7.71 million in space leftover to figure out the rest of their roster. Mike Scott is already in the Room Exception, so it's just this space plus minimums. They have nine guys under contract for next season right now.https://t.co/pNXkNd0NNJ https://t.co/IbDjjTajQE— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) July 1, 2019
So what do they need? As I see it, the Sixers still have three roles left to fill.
Shooter to replace JJ Redick
Josh Richardson is much younger and a much better defender than the team’s former starting shooting guard, but while he’s perfectly fine as an outside shooter, Richardson doesn’t offer the same gravity as Redick. Surrounding Simmons and Embiid with as many shooters as possible as always been viewed as a priority (although not always executed as such).
Possible replacements: Danny Green (unlikely given limited cap space), Seth Curry, Wayne Ellington
Backup point guard
With Point Jimmy in South Beach, the Sixers will need a guy to run the second unit. Philadelphia still has a cap hold for T.J. McConnell, but it’s assumed he’ll get a larger deal elsewhere.
Possible solutions: Ish Smith (update: signed with Washington), Jeremy Lin, JJ Barea
Another center (I know, I know)
Though in the playoffs, Horford will start alongside Embiid before also rotating in as the backup center, the Sixers will still need another big man to soak up a ton of backup minutes during the regular season. Maybe the team feels Jonah Bolden is ready for the role, but given the need to rest both Embiid and Horford during the season, it couldn’t hurt to have another guy available. The team should not pay much more than the minimum to fill this role given the huge percentage of the cap already allocated to Embiid and Horford.
Possible solutions: Boban Marjanovic, JaVale McGee, Nene Hilario