5 Philadelphia 76ers who are as good as gone this summer

As the Philadelphia 76ers start to go full throttle in free agency, here are five players from last season’s roster who are as good as gone this summer.
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2. De’Anthony Melton is likely to move on from Philly

De’Anthony Melton has been a reliable sixth man/starter for the 76ers in the last couple of years, but he turned in a pretty forgettable campaign this season. He was mostly out due to injury, and even in game where he played, his decline as a perimeter weapon was arguably the impetus behind the team’s musical chairs of backcourt cogs.

Previous reports have already alluded to Melton potentially seeking a larger payday, and even though he’s been more than a serviceable role player, he probably wouldn’t find his desired pay range in Philly. The 76ers are not only shooting for the stars and not just the lowest hanging fruit, but a team wrecked by injuries in recent years probably wouldn’t be too cozy with throwing a lot of cash on someone with recurring back issues.

Unfortunately for Melton, his time with the 76ers is likely over. I would love to be proven wrong, but he’s unlikely to take a discount that would prompt the front office to take a second look at the prospect of having him aboard for a prove-it year.