Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/17/13 9:33 am EST

There seems to be a lot of different opinions regarding how the Sixers should handle the 2013 off-season.

Some of Philadunkia nation thinks that the organization should still plan to build around Bynum, while a large percentage of people don’t want to see him anywhere near this team or city again.

Then there are those who feel that the Sixers actually aren’t too far away from contention and could compete with a couple tweaks.  However for every one with this view there are at least two others who feel that the team needs to be  completely blown up.

The only thing certain now after the disappointing season that was for the Sixers, is uncertainty.

The hiring of Sam Hinkie is the first stride on a long staircase the Sixers are facing this summer.  Finding a “basketball guy” to support Hinkie’s analytics, selecting a head coach, making draft picks, and filling out the roster with free agents are all still left on the agenda.  With a new regime in town it is difficult to tell exactly how any of this will turn out.

With that being said, the smart thing for the Sixers to do this summer is — as little as possible.


Although it is extremely tempting to retool the roster, especially after the poor play of the past season, this summer’s free agent crop and draft class may not contain the proper players to solidify the Sixers.  Outside of Dwight and CP3, there are no real “needle movers” hitting the market this summer, and assuming neither of them are jumping for joy at the thought of signing with the Sixers, the organization would be wise not to sign away the future of the franchise this summer.

While signing some fringe free agents like O.J. Mayo or J.J. Hickson won’t guarantee a championship chase, it will limit cap flexibility for the franchise in the future.

A likely late lottery pick in this year’s draft doesn’t look to be a big boost either, as this 2013 Draft class is widely considered a very weak group of prospects.

So, what the Sixers should do is stand pat, play out next year largely as is, hopefully stink for another season, and put themselves in great position for the 2014 Draft, as well as that summer’s free agent group.

While this summer’s draft class is maybe lacking some franchise-changing faces, the 2014 Draft is the exact opposite. The 2014 class boasts top high school prospect Andrew Wiggins, along with Oklahoma State standout Marcus Smart, and Duke commit Jabari Parker.

Wiggins has drawn comparisons to hall-of-famer Scottie Pippen, while Smart and Parker have earned more modern comparisons to Carmelo Anthony and James Harden, respectively.

The 2014 free agent class isn’t too shabby either, as it includes some well-known names like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade.

So, keeping signings to a minimum this summer should not only help the Sixers’ salary cap situation for next summer, but it should also help to give them a good shot at landing a top lottery pick.  Rather than trying to sign up some players this summer in order to remain relevant next season, the Sixers should accept their current state and embrace opportunities to improve the future of the franchise.


21 Responses to “STAND PAT THIS SUMMER”

  1. Earl
    17. May 2013 at 09:57

    I would re-sign Bynum. When healthy, he’s a difference maker. Makes no sense to have given up all that talent and picks and then let him walk and then watch him be productive for another team.

    Sixers should take the gamble on Bynum. He’s still only 25 years old. Plenty of chance to bounce back.

  2. Brennan
    17. May 2013 at 10:07

    What do you guys think about a sign and trade with okc. We sign bynum to a two or three year deal and trade him to okc for jermey lamb and perry jones. It may not seem like a lot but lamb can flat out ball when givin the chance. Jones is a question mark due to his knees and lack of an nba motor. Both are deals that have a year or two left on them. This can go a long way toward moving the franchise in a different direction and taking a bad situation into a better one.

  3. Steve Toll
    17. May 2013 at 12:03

    Re-Sign SwaggyP, sign Corey Maggette, sign Chris Kaman?

  4. Chris H.
    17. May 2013 at 15:28

    Stand pat…PLEEEAAASSE. Just a thought, because I didn’t know that the Sixers owed a first rounder to Miami AND Orlando. So could they say swap pick with the Heat to absolve the prior years first round pick and then give Orlando that 1st round pick (the Heat’s old pick,which would be like #30)? I know that I am grasping at straws here. Just a thought.

  5. Mike
    17. May 2013 at 15:59

    Brennan- The OKC sign and trade would not work because of the difference in the salary of Bynum vs. Jones & Lamb (outgoing salaries will exceed 125%). However, I agree with your thought process. I think with Hinkie in the fold we should follow the same formula as the Rockets–accumulate Salary Cap room and young assets. I believe our best chance to contend in the future is to build around Jrue Holiday, accumulate young assets & cap room, and by doing so, floor a shitty team this upcoming season to position ourselves with a top 5 draft pick and ample cap space to do something in the 2014 Free Agency. Jrue, Wiggins/Parker/Randle, and cap space to land a star…Boom.

  6. Alex Hootan
    17. May 2013 at 17:11

    I agree with the assessment on the draft this year and free agents. However, if Sixers go on with this roster and a good coach they will most likely be in playoff, so forget Lottery next year. But free agents in 2014 are a different story.

  7. Emilio
    17. May 2013 at 19:06

    I would NOT sign Bynum. I understand he is a great player when healthy, but that is a big question mark for the future.
    I would change Evan Turner and money and bring Derrick Favors from Utah. He is a young PF who can develop into a reliable starter. Also I would sign Al Jefferson. With this 2 guys and Holiday, we really would have a solid base to make the playoffs every year. Also they are good potential trade players that other teams would covet in order to bring a star to the team.

  8. Jon in LA
    17. May 2013 at 19:41

    Yeah, if we do nothing, we’re still in 10th place next year.

    Now granted, we were only 4 games away from 6th, and maybe those teams will improve after this draft, but it’s not like we’re so bad that we’re Orlando or the Bobcats.

    I’d be happy with a decent draft this year, smart flexible free agency, and continuing to build. Maybe grab a big free agent in 2014 and another quality player in the draft next year. If we can add three young players coming up, that should be good.

    I’m strangely optimistic about this year’s draft. This year doesn’t have any huge stars, but we could get a solid starter since we have so many holes. Also, there are a lot of big men, which we most definitely need. And two second rounders could help our bench.

  9. Joe
    17. May 2013 at 20:09

    How about this. Trade Turner, Richardson and Kwame for draft pick 2014 and a couple role players with expiring contracts. Sign Iggy if he will come back draft Cody Zeller then go after free agent next year. Starting lineup. PG-Holiday SG-Iggy SF-Young PF-Zeller and C-Hawes. Hawes is a good center when he gets the minutes 30+.

  10. Frank
    18. May 2013 at 02:38

    No one will take turner, richardson, or kwame brah

  11. Fu
    18. May 2013 at 13:17

    Seriously, who does actually believe that either LeBron, Kobe, Carmelo or DWade will be interested in signing with the 7-6 in 2014? Especially if the team is in the lottery?! Sign-and-trade? Maybe but then you need to have tradeable assets, which is not very likely. Mediocre teams such as Philly needs to be more creative than others to get talents. Hopefully Hinkie will do the job.

  12. Steve Toll
    18. May 2013 at 14:45

    2014 is the most overrated free agent class in NBA history.

    Standing pat is literally the worst decision between tanking, trying to get better or standing pat by a HUGE MARGIN

  13. RYN_JAY
    18. May 2013 at 19:56

    I say the first thing on the list has gotta be whether to keep Bynum or not. He’s the key factor because when healthy he is a beast. It will not only make us immediately better but also more attractive for big FAs. Then you gotta go with what you’ve seen watching him practice and with what the doctors say. The Sixers will have more info than anyone on the status and condition of his knees.

  14. Steve Toll
    18. May 2013 at 21:34

    Bynum is 100% getting resigned

  15. Chris H.
    19. May 2013 at 11:05

    I think that standing pat is another form of tanking for us. Aside from maybe the Bobcats, I really think that Sixers probably were one of the top3 worst teams in the league, at least after the all-star break. I do think that the Magic, Kings, Raptors, Cavs, Wizards, hell, just about everyone has improved to the point of being better than the 76ers are. We stand pat, we hopefully get a player in the draft that might change our fortune moving forward. We ARE NOT getting any free agent of significance and I don’t think any one at the 11 pick this year is a game changer, so let’s blow it up already. Shred salaries next season, start through the draft. Anyone can be traded, as much as I like Jrue and Thad. If Bynum is not back at close to 100%, then you gotta start over! Period.

  16. Ransom
    20. May 2013 at 07:56

    Ok, so this idea that standing pat = tanking is completely wrong thinking. The Sixers are a young team, young teams tend to improve. Also, the Sixers had bad luck with injuries last year. ALSO they had a terrible coach last year. It stands to reason that they would improve due to changes in all those factors. Even if they defy the odds and don’t improve at all, that’s good for the 11th pick apparently, congrats.

  17. Ransom
    20. May 2013 at 08:18


    I think i’ve seen you suggest this before, but you are certain we’re keeping Bynum. Why is that?

    And, politics aside, if you’re looking for a high reward, higher risk center, isn’t Greg Oden the better option? Cheaper, younger, not a douche, not already hated by every self-respecting Sixers fan…

  18. freezer
    20. May 2013 at 10:47

    I dont think any decent free agents are coming here and were not getting any young bigs unless we move Thad, which might not even get us anything good, plus I really love Thad. I think we should do what the blazers did and put together a decent, entertaining starting five and assemble the worst bench in the league.
    Hinkie may be getting ready to play serious hardball with Bynum, but if I were him knowing we lose our 1st rd pick if we make the playoffs, it just makes way more sense to tank, especially considering theyre are two very good prospects in Parker and Wiggins coming out. Im of the opinion that parker is the better player, wiggins is a superior athlete, but parker has more size and better all around game.

  19. Jon in LA
    20. May 2013 at 15:30

    Yeah, we’re basically the same team as last year. Except we’re gaining a healthy Richardson and losing Nick Young. Also, Jrue, Turner, and Thad are getting a year more experience. I don’t see how standing pat has us dropping 9 spots into the Wiggins and Parker range.

    And if we do sign Bynum and he even plays 20 games, we’re only going to be better. As much as Sixer’s fans want to believe we suck, we’re really not that bad.

    We just have to hope Hinkie has a plan.

  20. Adam
    21. May 2013 at 01:46

    Gotta trade thad and hawes for assets…. Getting worse while collecting expiring contracts, maybe a young player and draft picks.

  21. Skywalker
    21. May 2013 at 09:40

    Well, You can’t keep Allen & Hawes too much the same player…….SOFT! ( Hawes has a better jumper )Keeping Bynum is to RISKY! It’s the “Worse Knees Race 2013”, between he and Jason Richardon. Might as well, let him leave and use the cash to bring in two half decent big men. Maybe even Greg Oden???? Say, Good Bye, to Nick Young, Damien Wilkins (would love to keep him…..But it’d cost too much too!) and Kwame Brown. ( Brown had a couple moments in a few games……..Maybe, could’ve helped more if use more…..Thanks, again “DooDoo Collins”! ) I’d keep both Holiday brothers. Thad I would keep too, although I think he has decent trade value……..I’d keep EITHER Charles Jenkins or Royell Ivey, not both…….Moultrie would stay, young and not sure what he can do yet? ( Again, Thanks, D.Collins ) Evan Turner? You probably keep him for this last season or if a trade presents itself? Dorell Wright I’d keep. Now there are alot free agents out there…….And I think Cody Zeller would be a good fit for the Sixers ( If still available in this year’s draft? ) Free Agent possiblities……You have to carefully think contract when going after free agents, whether it be current contract or expiring or length….However there are a few players out there that could help the Sixers and maybe won’t cost you to break the bank……..Mike James, Ewtaun Moore, Aaron Brooks, Gary Neal, Keith Bogans……Chase Budinger, Alan Anderson, Corey Magette…….Lou Admundson, Aundray Blatche, Earl Clark, Chris Wilcox……Ryan Hollins,Sam Dalembert? Nazr Mohammed, Chris Anderson, Cole Aldrich, Chris Kaman. You might be able to get them “on the cheap”? To fill out your roster and possibly contribute. You can’t “Stand Pat” or you’ll end up with same results as last year! MISSING THE PLAYOFFS! Maybe a sign and trade with Bynum to OKC for Perkins and Lamb? Al Jefferson might be available? You could package Lavoy Allen or Spencer Hawes ( As you can’t keep both of these softies ) along with Evan Turner to Utah for Derrick Favors? I think as the season 2013 begins there’ll be couple more intriguing guys out there that the Sixers could maybe get cheap…….Just my two cents……

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