Grade the Deal: 76ers sign free agent Mo Bamba, retain Montrezl Harrell

Mo Bamba - Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
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With the free agency market almost bereft of quality names at this juncture, the Philadelphia 76ers acted with urgency, addressing their frontcourt depth woes by signing free agent center Mo Bamba and re-signing Montrezl Harrell.

The moves gives the Sixers some much-needed assurance behind Joel Embiid, especially with the jury still out on Paul Reed’s fate with the team. Overall, these are Philly’s second and third signings this offseason following their veteran acquisition earlier in the form of Patrick Beverley.

76ers bolster their frontcourt after signing Mo Bamba & Montrezl Harrell

Mo Bamba, fresh off a fleeting stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, will don the Sixers colors to the tune of a one-year, minimum-salary deal. The former sixth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, at just 25 years of age, should inject an infusion of youth to a team filled with veteran commodities in the frontcourt.

On the flip side, Montrezl Harrell — also signed to a minimum deal — will be staying put in Philly. The former NBA Sixth Man of the Year posted modest numbers last season as Embiid’s backup, and will once again reprise that role as things currently stand.

How do these signings impact the 76ers next season? Let’s zoom in a tad more into how Bamba and Harrell can fit around the team.