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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3. Nicolas Batum

The 76ers received Batum in the James Harden, and he was an instant fit. The 6’8 forward was the perfect connector for their roster. He can space the floor, make a few plays, keep the offense rolling, and defend multiple positions. Batum fits on any contending roster, but is still searching for his first NBA championship.

Will the 35-year-old return next season? The Sixes want him back, but Batum reportedly planned to retire after this summer’s Olympics in his native France. Batum has long represented his national team and winning the gold may be the perfect cap to a stellar career. Philly hopes to convince him to play, but it is up to the veteran.

Batum’s numbers won’t jump off the screen, but he helped the 76ers win multiple games this season. His basketball IQ alone is worth a new contract. Philly needs more smart and connective players in head coach Nick Nurse’s system. Batum quickly caught on and was a key role player, despite arriving after training camp.

Nicolas Batum is not the most likely Philadelphia 76ers to return because he may retire. If he decides to play another year in the NBA, the 6’8 forward will likely be back to play next to another veteran the franchise acquired midseason.