4 free agents who can be contingency plans for Green: Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum is easily the oldest player on this list at the age of 33. The veteran forward has one of the best redemption stories in recent NBA history. Like Tobias Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers, Batum was once one of the most overpaid players in the NBA.
By the end of that deal, he also appeared to be washed with the Charlotte Hornets, but he found new life as a role player for the Los Angeles Clippers for the past two seasons. The 33-year-old veteran has found a new role as a 3-and-D forward and has shown he has more left in the tank.
His fit with the Sixers isn’t seamless. At 6-foot-8, Batum is more of the small/power forward than a shooting guard/small forward. This means defending opposing wings may be difficult for him in the starting lineup. He and Harris may struggle in certain matchups defensively together.
As the primary starting power forward for the Clippers last season, Batum averaged 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds on 40.0 percent shooting from deep. For his career, Batum has averaged 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds while converting 36.3 percent of his 3-pointers. It should be noted that I had Batum ranked 10th on my player-option free agent big board.