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May 6, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) celebrates with guard Louis Williams (23) during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls during game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sixers defeated the Bulls 89-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Sixers Face Crucial Offseason

 

The Sixers head into an interesting off season this summer with some of their recent moves proving it’s time for some change. In the draft, Philadelphia once again relied heavily on sheer athleticism, selecting Maurice Harkless and Arnett Moultrie. Now that free agency has begun, the front office faces drastic decisions that shape the hopeful future of this team.

  • Philadelphia made the most out of their draft night, playing with the cards that were dealt while also surprising everyone along the way. Their 15th pick in the 19-year-old Harkless could easily prove to be just another Thad Young, but the Sixers are hoping to develop a player that’s just oozing potential. The 6-foot-8 Harkless averaged 15.3 points and 8.6 rebounds as a freshman last season for St. John’s and was measured to have a 7-foot wingspan. Coach Collins will be hoping to give Harkless several opportunities in the following season to break into the league.
  • The Sixers front office remains tight-lipped regarding any trade talks including Andre Iguodala. Instead, Philadelphia is presently focused on making a key splash in the free agency market to help booster their stale offense. Scattered reports include interests in players such as Jamal Crawford and Kirk Hinrich, but nothing has yet to surface as legitimate.
  • Philadelphia has yet to extend qualifying offers to Jodie Meeks, Sam Young and Xavier Silas. The organization has made it clear they’re seeking some new bold talent that will let them contend with the better teams in their conference.
  • The team’s 27th pick in Arnett Moultrie could end up being a decent asset to the team’s weak front court. Moultrie is a 6’11” center that averaged 16 and 10 last season at Mississippi State. It’s going to take some time before the 21-year-old center makes an impact in the league, but the Sixers are his game will translate to the pro-level in due time.
  • The departure of either Lou Williams and Spencer Hawes will force Philadelphia to find a some scoring and rebounding during the off season. Williams was the Sixers’ leading scorer during the regular season, while Hawes upped his overall game during the post season.
  • If the Sixers do use the amnesty clause on Elton Brand this summer, they’d avoid a hefty 17 million due for the 33-year-old power forward. Brand was one of the experienced vets for the team last season but remains on the decline and isn’t worth his salary. The exit of Brand would open up the needed cap space for the Sixers to go fishing for some difference-makers on offense.

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