The Sixers appear to be putting some finishing touches on their final roster for the regular season as the summer marches on. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who credits Excelsm, the team has agreed to a two-year deal with former first-round pick Furkan Korkmaz.
Days ago the team used an Exhibit 10 contract on Christ Koumadje, who many have speculated won’t make the final roster but will be a body for training camp, and candidate for the G League team. Today signing Korkmaz, to a two-year deal would seem to imply that he is far more likely to make the team. But without the full terms so far it is leaving some fans and media members scratching their heads a bit:
The only other thing i can think of is they never renounced his cap hold and are giving him a one-year balloon payment with a tiny second year guarantee so they can use him as matching salary in a trade.— adam (@SixersAdam) July 24, 2019
Korkmaz, who has never really found his footing in the NBA (aside from a monster Summer League performance a year ago), has expressed interest in being traded in the past. And with players like Justin Holiday and Kyle Korver recently joining other squads, as well as players like Trey Burke or Thabo Sefoloshoa still un-signed, the move is curious.
If, as our Adam Aaronson speculates above, the move is designed to serve as salary matching for trade later in the season (the Sixers do have some juicy second round picks from other teams headed their way thanks) it would make some sense. Perhaps we’ll learn more soon about the structure of the deal soon.
Per Kyle Neubeck of the PhillyVoice, the first year is guaranteed and the second year is a team-option.