Ranking 76ers free agents by likelihood to return next season

The 76ers must bring some of their free agents back to fill their roster.
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8. KJ Martin

The 76ers acquired Martin from the Clippers in the James Harden trade. The 6’6 wing played just two games with LA after a three-year stint in Houston. In his final season with the Rockets, Martin averaged 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 28.0 minutes per game. It exposed his shaky jumper, but the 23-year-old’s athletic ability created excitement.

Martin struggled to find a consistent role in Philadelphia. He averaged 3.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 12.3 minutes per game over 58 contests. Martin shot 54.4 percent from the field but was out of the rotation in the playoffs.

Putting a developing talent on a contending team is a recipe for issues. The Sixers cannot afford to live through his struggles as they try to win games, but Martin needs playing time to continue his growth. This is why the 23-year-old likely finds a new home in free agency.

The pressure for the Philadelphia 76ers will not end with finding a third star. They will need to fill out their roster and may need to convince as many as 11 players to join their Big 3. That won’t be easy and could force Philly to circle back on options like KJ Martin and this veteran wing they acquired from the Clippers.