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Sixers and NBA free agency tracker

Keeping tabs on any Sixers-related news as NBA free agency approaches and begins.

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Later this week, on Thursday at 6 p.m. EST, the 2022 NBA free agency period will kick off. Although the Philadelphia 76ers are not ripe with financial freedom, they surely intend to use this opportunity as a means to bolster the roster to true contender levels. Reported interest of potential targets, notably P.J. Tucker at this point, are already emerging.

If James Harden opts in, they don’t have any true free agents themselves from last year’s team. However, on this post, we’ll be sure to continually update everyone about trade rumors involving the Sixers, any signings they agree to, the looming Harden situation and any relevant league-wide happenings.

James Harden

We now know that Harden has declined his $47.4M player option for 2022-23 and intends to re-sign with the Sixers, a source confirms to Liberty Ballers. The prevailing notion is Harden’s new contract will give the Sixers more flexibility to be players in free agency.

PJ Tucker

A source confirms to Liberty Ballers that the Sixers are finalizing a deal with Tucker. Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting the deal is for three years and $33 million, all guaranteed for the 37-year-old.

Danuel House Jr.

A source also confirms to Liberty Ballers that the team has agreed to terms with veteran wing Danuel House Jr. The 29-year-old will sign a two-year deal worth $8.5 million, per Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice.

Trevelin Queen

The Sixers also signed G League MVP Trevelin Queen to a two-year deal, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. The contract is a non-guaranteed two-year deal with a partial guarantee in year one, a source tells Liberty Ballers.

Sixers trade rumors

  • Matisse Thybulle

No concrete trade has been mentioned as it pertains to Philadelphia moving Thybulle. For weeks, he was listed as someone who could be packaged alongside the No. 23 pick and Danny Green. Obviously, that did not materialize and Thybulle remains with the Sixers at this point. The Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks reportedly have interest in the 25-year-old, though.

  • Tobias Harris

Similar to Thybulle, specifics of a trade involving Harris have not surfaced. While there’s been speculation Philadelphia may move Harris to open the non-taxpayer mid-level exception (~$10 million) and sign Tucker with it, reports indicate the Sixers would prioritize trades to offload various smaller contracts rather than Harris and his two-year, $77 million deal. Despite reporting to the contrary Thursday morning, a source tells Liberty Ballers Tobias Harris is “very likely” returning.

  • Furkan Korkmaz

Korkmaz, owed $10.3 million over the next two years, is among those players on smaller deals than Harris who could be dealt.

  • Shake Milton

Milton, due just under $2 million next season, joins Korkmaz as another candidate here.

  • Georges Niang

See above, with Korkmaz and Milton.

  • Eric Gordon

According to Pompey and Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic, the Sixers and Houston Rockets engaged on discussions around Gordon last week. That report went live shortly before Thursday’s NBA Draft, when Philadelphia landed De’Anthony Melton in exchange for the No. 23 pick and Danny Green. Despite that move, though, Pompey still reported the Sixers have interest in acquiring Gordon.

NBA free agency and trade rumors

  • It’s not quite the Fourth of July, but we’ve got fireworks. The Timberwolves are rolling with the two All-Star centers approach. Can’t think of any other franchise ever doing that.
  • The ice has apparently been broken on trades as the Celtics swung a deal to acquire former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon — and it looks like a very good deal for Boston.
  • We’ve got a trade!
  • And John Wall is officially a Clipper.
  • Despite rumors swirling, All-Star Zach LaVine will be back with the Bulls on a max deal.
  • The Eastern Conference champs appear to be on the verge of adding veteran forward Danilo Gallinari (believe the Sixers have enough solid fours to defend him appropriately now).
  • Otto Porter Jr., a popular target for Sixers fans and recent NBA champion, is coming back East and signing with the Raptors.
  • The only Holiday brother to not play for the Sixers has signed with the Hawks.
  • Wing Bruce Brown, who flourished for the Nets last season in a complementary role, is heading out West to join the Nuggets.
  • The Cavs are bringing back veteran point guard Ricky Rubio.
  • There was a flurry of activity after the bell rang at 6 p.m. Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. The Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns are reportedly two of his preferred destinations.
  • The Brooklyn Nets are trading a 2023 first-round pick to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Royce O’Neal.
  • The long-rumored Dejounte Murray-to-the-Hawks trade is reportedly happening, per Woj.
  • Former Villanova star Donte DiVencenzo is reportedly hitting the open market.
  • As expected, Bradley Beal has opted out of his player option with the Wizards, per Woj. Multiple reports have suggested Beal will return to the Wizards on a five-year max deal.
  • An interesting swap is reportedly happening between the Nuggets and Wizards. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Will Barton and Monte Morris are players that Sixers fans had targeted.
  • Former friends Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks are on their way to Detroit to make room for Jalen Brunson.
  • Lakers fans are likely elated by this news ...
  • Former Villanova star Jalen Brunson appears to be headed for a big payday with the Knicks, per BR’s Jake Fischer.
  • Per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, John Wall and the Rockets have agreed to a buyout. Wall is expected to sign with the Clippers once the dust settles.
  • Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kyrie Irving will opt into his $37 million player option for 2022-23. There were reports he might decline it.
  • John Wall and the Rockets have agreed to a buyout, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. Wall is expected to sign with the Clippers.

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