Big Offseason Looms For The Philadelphia 76ers

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Big Offseason Looms For The Philadelphia 76ers

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Big Offseason Looms For The Philadelphia 76ers

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When the Philadelphia 76ers traded for James Harden, they surely expected their season to go a little different than how it did. They were bounced in the second round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat in six games but over the last two games of the series, looked completely out of it. It was clear that heading into this offseason, something needed to be done to help this franchise finally get over the hump.

Reports have been swirling about the 76ers interest in moving off some of their larger contracts such as Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Danny Green, etc. They need to also come to terms with Harden on a new contract and both sides need to agree to salary compensation that is fair. Harden forced his way out of Brooklyn to Philadelphia so the likelihood is that he will be with the 76ers for the long haul. He seems to enjoy playing with Joel Embiid and the duo will get a full season together next year.

General Manager Daryl Morey reportedly has interest in going after players such as Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker this offseason. It would be a reunion of sorts as both players thrived playing alongside Harden during their days in Houston. Tucker would bring another level of toughness to this Philadelphia squad if signed. While he may not score a ton of points, his defense and rebounding would all help attribute to wins for the 76ers.

Yet no matter how the 76ers are constructed next season, the biggest question mark will still be Harden himself. He looked like a shell of what NBA fans have come accustomed too over the last few months of the season. He looked slow and as if he had lost a step in his game. Harden made a living on getting to the rim and being able to dribble past defenders. Yet, he looked lost at times and didn’t play up to his potential.

If he can use this offseason to get back to work and refocus on his game, then the 76ers may have something. Embiid is still one of the best players in the league today so adding the lethal version of Harden to this team, could be dangerous for opponents. The 76ers banked on the All-Star pairing to get them back to championship contention so this offseason is as big as the team has had in a long time.

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