Today the Sixers amnestied Elton Brand and signed Shooting Guard Nick Young to a 1 year deal worth $6 million. Last year, Young averaged 14.2 PPG, 0.9 APG, and 2.1 RPG with the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. From those stats, you can see that Young’s job is to score and not really facilitate. With Lou Williams announcing today via Twitter that he won’t be returning to the team, Young should fill the void William’s leaves nicely with his ability to score.
Now the question becomes what do the Sixers do next? With Brand’s contract no longer counting towards the salary cap, the Sixers have some money to spend. It’s possible that the Sixers could trade Iguodala to a team like the Raptors, (who have been rumored to be interested in Iguodala) for a package that includes Jose Caulderon, Demar Derozan, and Ed Davis. This trade wouldn’t really help the Sixers this upcoming year but it gives the Sixers two young players, and Caulderon whose contract is up after this year and would provide sixers with some cap room.
With Brand off the Sixers, an interesting name for the Sixers to look at would be Ersan Ilyasova, who played with the Bucks last year. Ilyasova is an extremely underrated PF who would be a good replacement for Brand. Another possible name the Sixers will most likely look at is Ryan Anderson. Anderson is more of a SF and will most likely cost too much for a role player, and I personally wouldn’t pay a lot for a role player, especially when you don’t already have a star on your team. One thing I do know, it will be interesting to see what the Sixers do next.