Though we don’t yet know the full implications of the coronavirus pandemic on the NBA’s salary cap, it seems safe to say the Sixers won’t be able to target any huge names in free agency, given how much money the team has committed to Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford.
The team has youth on the wing in Matisse Thybulle, Furkan Korkmaz and Zhaire Smith, but it might aim to supplement the position through free agency. Outside of in-house options Glenn Robinson III (player option) and Alec Burks (unrestricted free agent), here are six potential options for the Sixers:
The 31-year-old Moore has shot 40.9 percent from three-point range over the past five seasons, and he’s also capable of attacking closeouts and making plays off the dribble.
Before the trade deadline, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that Moore was on the “long list of wings” that the Sixers had expressed interest in.
The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey reported in January that the Sixers were interested in the St. Joe’s product. Galloway ultimately stayed in Detroit, where he’s shot 39.9 percent from three this season.
He should be moving on from the rebuilding Pistons, and the Sixers could find his outside shooting appealing.
Belinelli isn’t the player he was during that joyful 28-game stretch at the end of the 2017-18 season when the Sixers went 23-5 and he averaged 13.6 points and made 38.5 percent of his threes.
If he’d be willing to accept a minimum deal, would Belinelli be worth it? There’s little apparent downside to giving a veteran shooter a spot on the bench and perhaps the chance to recapture a little of the magic from his first stint here. It’s doubtful whether Belinelli could defend well enough to help in a playoff series, but you’re typically not looking at guaranteed postseason contributors with minimum contracts.
After spending nine games with the 2012-13 Sixers as a rookie, Holiday has played for six other NBA teams and established a decent career, albeit a well-traveled one.
He’s a versatile player, someone the Sixers could plug into a lot of different lineups, and has hit 42.4 percent of his long range attempts this season for the Pacers. The asking price will be an important question, as Holiday may be due for a bump in salary after signing the room mid-level exception with Indiana for this season.
Forbes looks like he’d be an excellent fit in Philadelphia because he’d provide three-point shooting and playmaking in one package. Though he’s a confident shooter and has hit 40.8 percent from long distance over the past two seasons, Forbes plays within himself, doesn’t turn the ball over much and is a competent facilitator. And at 26 years old, he might still have room to improve.
The Sixers’ first-round pick in 2012, Harkless started the season on the Clippers before being shipped to the Knicks in the Marcus Morris trade, a transition he didn’t sound thrilled about.
Harkless is a solid NBA wing who could bolster the depth of a contender. He’s wrapping up a four-year deal he signed for $42 million, so he’d likely need to take a pay cut to play here.
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