3 Best free agents to fill the backup center role for the 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers must have the right backup center to provide cover for Joel Embiid when it's needed next season.
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Mason Plumlee could be the bargain signing the 76ers could pursue this offseason

There aren't many options that could fit the mold for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, but the franchise cannot wait anymore. They will have to go all-in, and they will have towards the goal of winning an NBA title in more than 40 years. Mason Plumlee is the next available free agent that the Sixers could sign.

If things do not work out in a potential deal for Drummond or even Hartenstein, then the Clippers' center could be a reliable source of backup center minutes for a contending team. Plumlee had some injury struggles during his tenure in LA, but he appeared in 46 games this past season helping the Clippers land a top-4 finish in the Western Conference.

He averaged 5.3 points and 5.1 rebounds getting around 15 minutes per game this year. He signed an 1-year/ $5 million deal last summer, but he could be available for less this offseason considering the fact that he had some ups and downs due to injuries. If other cases do not pan out, then the veteran center can provide much needed paint protection and rebounding.

Plumlee is also a great passer for his size posting an average of 2.4 assists throughout his 11-year NBA career. In any case, he could help the second unit move the ball more consistently when Embiid is out, adding an extra layer to the Sixers offense.

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