Philadelphia 76ers should use 10-day contracts this season

Sixers, Elton Brand (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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It’s clear that the Philadelphia 76ers need to change things up and using 10-day contracts could be the easiest way to do that.

In January of 2019, the Philadelphia 76ers needed some perimeter defense and decided to add it via a 10-day contract. The move payed off as Corey Brewer was able to provide a defensive spark off the bench. This January the Sixers need more offensive help in the departments of 3-point shooting and creating offense. Before making any permanent moves, the 76ers should use the 10-day contracts to figure out their options.

The rules for a 10-day contract are simple. Starting January 5th of every season, a team can sign a player for 10-days or three games. 10-day deals are only good for the regular season.  A player can sign two 10-day contracts before a team must decide to sign them for the rest of the year or not. Based on a the 15 players that Philly has on the roster, they can use up to three 10-day contracts.

This is a useful tool for teams that either doesn’t have the space to bring a player in on a normal contract and doesn’t want to mess with their current roster’s chemistry. Seeing as the Sixers are still trying to build chemistry and have a full 15-man roster this is an ideal tool for general manager Elton Brand to use.

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Luckily for the 76ers, there are a hand full of free agents that might be able to help them. In the past, I wrote about how J.R. Smith‘s 3-point shooting and Jeff Green‘s two-way skills could help Philly. I also wrote about how Jamal Crawford isn’t the answer for the Sixers, but that doesn’t mean he’s not worth a 10-day contract look.

Those are just some NBA veterans that are available and that doesn’t include players on Philly’s G-League affiliate’s roster, the Delaware Blue Coats. Players like Christ Koumadje, Xavier Munford and Jared Brownridge all have played well enough to warrant evaluation on the NBA level. However, based on the 76ers championship aspirations, they will more than likely go with a veteran than a G-League prospect.

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The Philadelphia 76ers need help and before they explore any permanent solution like a trade or free agency, adding a player via a 10-day contract seems like a wise move for the moment.