The Sixers Tell Utah To “Get Off My Lawn”. Match Paul Reed’s Offer Sheet
Sixers fans rejoiced late Sunday night as Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that the team would match the offer sheet that Paul Reed signed with the Jazz. Reed, a restricted free agent, signed a 3 year, $24 million dollar offer sheet with the Jazz on Saturday. The Sixers matching was not a forgone conclusion because the signing forces them over the luxury tax. But luxury tax be damned!
On the surface, non Sixers fans might be wondering why fans were clamoring for the team to match a contract for a guy who’s averaged 3.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and .6 BPG. But you can not judge Paul Reed on his career stats because it was really this past season that saw Reed really step into the rotation. Reed averaged 4.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and .7 PPG. But as a starter he averaged 13.5 PPG, and 9 RPG. The former G-League MVP is still just 24 years old and has gone from late second round pick, to now a key rotational player.
The interesting part about the deal is the structure of the deal. Utah’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge had the first year of the deal guaranteed. But the second and third year would only be guaranteed if the team won a playoff series. For the Sixers, where that franchise is, that seems to be a given. For Utah, a rebuilding franchise, it was far from a certainty. Daryl Morey didnt seem to care.
Now the negative here is the fact that the Sixers have a ton of backup bigs. The Sixers announced the signing of Mo Bamba over the weekend, and they also brought back forward Montrezl Harrell. So Reid now joins a crowded front court. But many, including our own Bob Cooney, think Reed is perfect for Nick Nurse’s system. The Sixers clearly agree or else they would have let him walk.
The Sixers and president Daryl Morey still have a lot of work to do this off-season. Figuring out what to do with James Harden is at the forefront.