Despite the Philadelphia 76ers being in a win-now mode with the core of Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey, the franchise is still looking towards the future with future plans. The Sixers did so by announcing the signing of Michael Foster Jr. to the franchise.
Details of the contract weren’t clear initially but according to Noah Levick of NBCSPhilly.com, the 19-year-old big man has signed an Exhibit 10 contract. This means that if the Sixers decide to waive him, he would have an extra financial incentive to join their G-League affiliate which is the Delaware Blue Coats.
The Philadelphia 76ers get Foster on an Exhibit 10 deal.
Unlike most players coming into the NBA, Foster decided to play on the G-League’s developmental team, the G-League Ignite. During the G-League showcase, the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks, while shooting 48.7 percent from the field. Foster fits the mold as a modern-day stretch-four as he shot 31.3 percent on 3-pointers.
During the Sixers’ Summer League stint in Salt Lake City, Foster averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds, while shooting 33.3 percent from both the field and 3-point line. Thus far in Las Vegas, Foster has averaged 2.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Let’s be clear, it’s unlikely that he makes Philly’s regular-season roster. However, he’s shown flashes as an athlete and defender in the Summer League. The Sixers can develop him more on their Delaware squad in the G-League this upcoming season.
This is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Philadelphia 76ers. If Foster can show growth in the G-League this upcoming year, he might be worth a look for a two-way deal next offseason.