5 76ers who could be forced into retirement after the season

These current 76ers may not be in the league next season.

Philadelphia 76ers, Nick Nurse
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4. Nicolas Batum

The 6’8 forward becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, and there were retirement rumors at the beginning of the season. Batum will draw plenty of interest, and the decision rests with him and his family.

The veteran is the type of player every contending roster needs. He can space the floor, make plays, rebound, and offer leadership. The Sixers have a 4.9 net rating with Batum on the floor this season, and he is no stranger to winning games. He has appeared in the playoffs eight times, including helping the Clippers reach the conference finals in 2021.

The 35-year-old plans to play for his native France in the Paris Olympics this summer before hanging up his sneakers. Batum could leave the NBA and return to Europe to his continue career in a larger role. He is making $11.7 million this season and would likely command more than the minimum in free agency this summer if he chooses to continue playing.

Nicolas Batum has earned the right to retire on his own terms. He can no longer handle massive minutes but has adapted his game to fit in a reserve role. The Philadelphia 76ers would love to bring him back next season, but the decision rests with the 6’8 forward.