Ranking 76ers free agents by likelihood to return next season

The 76ers must bring some of their free agents back to fill their roster.
Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrese Maxey
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5. De’Antony Melton

Melton was the Sixers' primary starter in the backcourt next to Tyrese Maxey before a back injury derailed his season. His numbers leave plenty to be desired, but it is difficult to say how much the injury was a problem throughout. Melton kept trying to return, but could never get fully healthy.

The 26-year-old is known as a stout defender capable of making plays and spacing the floor. Despite shooting just 38.6 percent from the field, he averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.6 steals in 26.9 minutes per game in 2024.

Philadelphia wants to bring him back, but Melton may command more than the franchise can offer. He just finished a four-year $34.6 million contract and hopes to land a raise in free agency. If the 76ers acquire a third star, they may not be able to offer him more than the mid-level exception.

De’Anthony Melton’s health is a key factor. He appeared in just 38 games last season and only played seven minutes in the playoffs. His back injury plagued him for months, and the Sixers know better than anyone if he will be healthy to start the 2024-25 campaign. If so, there will be interest in a reunion, but it depends on what type of contract Melton is willing to accept.