So far this offseason we have seen the Sixers trade for Dorell Wright, and sign Nick Young, Kwame Brown, Royal Ivey, and have re-signed Lavoy Allen. All these moves have the fans wondering exactly what direction the Sixers are headed for.
From what the Sixers have done so far, we can see that they are trying to sign players to shorter contracts which gives them more flexibility and cap room for the future. However, if the front office thinks that a star will want to play here with the team that is currently formed, they are kidding themselves.
No star in the NBA wants to join a mediocre team with cap room. You either have to have a star already on your team, or have a plan to aqcuire multiple ones. Adam Aron can have all the fans he wants, all the cool intro videos he wants, and all the practice facilities he wants, but at the end of the day players care about none of that when deciding their next home.
For example, the Brooklyn Nets were a terrible team last year, but because they had the courage to trade for Deron Williams in hopes that he would re sign, and attract other players who want to play with him, they have now acquired Joe Johnson and have signed others to put together a pretty good team for the upcoming season.
If the Sixers don’t want to go in that direction, they need to rebuild through the draft. Trade Iguodala for some young players, become a terrible team for a few years, and draft some good young players.
However, the one thing they can’t afford to do is continue to be a mediocre team and have the idea that star players will want to play for them.