The Philadelphia 76ers are busy improving their overall roster as they continue their pursuit of a championship into the 2022-23 season. They are led by a legit star duo in Joel Embiid and James Harden as they prepare for their first full season together.
To do this, the Sixers must find a way to place the correct pieces around them. Philadelphia could use an upgrade in certain selection spots, such as more wing depth, adding some sturdiness and also having a reliable sofa unit.
They added a quality piece on design night in the ? form of De’Anthony Melton, but now it seems they are not ready yet. A report came out that the Sixers are still looking for Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets, and Matisse Thybulle could potentially be a piece that needs to be moved to take over Gordon.
Now, per Marc Stein through his share pile, the Sixers are still investigating transactions with Tobias Harris and Thybulle to both improve the roster and free up cap space. Stein mentions that going after PJ Tucker is still in the game, despite the… Sixers don’t have much cap space currently.
Numerous rival teams, meanwhile, are saying with even more conviction than last week—when I first reported it on Wednesday—that they expect PJ Tucker to land in Philadelphia on a three-year $30 million free agency deal. Now if Pat Riley’s Heat can find a way to redraw Tucker, they’re sure to surprise some people. So it seems increasingly safer to at least sign up for a Harden/Tucker reunion in a Sixers offseason that already sees the draft-day signing of De’Anthony Melton of Memphis. Philly is also expected to continue exploring trading scenarios with Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle.
Moving Harris will be difficult at this point because of the big deal, but it’s not like he’s some bush. He is a very good and prolific player in this league and there will be one team willing to discuss his services.
As for Thybulle, he’s one of the elite defenders in the league, so that should help his trade value, despite his obvious offensive limitations. The only fear is that if the Sixers move him and he picks it up insultingly and he becomes that legitimate 3-and-D player somewhere else. Anyway, the Sixers are at the point where they need to win now and can’t wait for Thybulle to develop.
Meet the new Sixers guard De’Anthony Melton after the overnight barter