Best free agent target of each Western Conference playoff team: Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets.
Rehabbing Andre Drummond’s value went well for the Sixers this past season and they could certainly take a swing at it again next year with another veteran center Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside broke onto the NBA scene as an elite shot-blocker and rebounder.
While he still can do those things fairly well, there’s a reason why he was the backup to Rudy Gobert this past season. He’s limited to being an interior defender and offensively he doesn’t provide much besides finishing at the rim. However, he can be a solid veteran for Philly and can be a physical option off the bench when needed. He should be able to be signed for a veteran’s minimum this offseason.
Coming off a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks last year, sharpshooter Bryn Forbes continued his hot shooting this past season. He started the year off with the San Antonio Spurs and finished it with the Denver Nuggets thanks to a trade mid-season.
Forbes is a career 41.3 percent 3-point shooter on 4.2 attempts per game. Sounds like the ideal player for Sixers right? The problem is that he’s a defensive liability because of his small stature at 6-foot-2. At that size, Philly would need more of the Nuggets’ reserve than just 3-point shooting. However, with both Jeff Green and JaMychal Green having player options, as well as Austin Rivers being the only other viable option, Forbes is the best option on Denver for the Sixers.