The Sixers are clearly not looking to win a lot of games this season, but they do have to hit the salary cap floor ($49 million), so don’t be surprised if they sign one or two of these guys to a short-term deal. These are top 5 free agents the 76ers are likely to sign:
5. Andrei Kirilenko
Kirilenko is the Swiss Army knife of the NBA. He can score (inside and out), rebound, pass, block shots, play defense, and he’s durable. He is 6’9″ but in 2004, he averaged 3.3 blocks a game!
Andrei can really stretch the floor because of his outside shot—career 3-point shooting percentage is 31%—good size, and great inside game. The only two cons are his age—32—and the cost. He declined a $10 million deal from the T-Wolves to stay in Minnesota. I don’t really see the 76ers signing him, but it would be a great fit if they can get him to sign a one-year deal.
2012-2013 Stats: 12.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.0 BPG
The 27-year old defending Sixth Man of the Year will most likely test free agency and opt out of his player option. I mean, c’mon, he’s only making $3 million a year when he can be making $10 million next year.
He is a terrific shooter when hot and then can take it inside with his athleticism and finishing ability. If he signs with the Sixers and he improves his defense, he could become a star for the Sixers.
2012-2013 Stats: 18.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG
3. Martell Webster
UPDATE: PER YAHOO! SPORTS, WEBSTER HAS SIGNED A FOUR-YEAR DEAL TO STAY WITH WASHINGTON.
One of the best three point shooters in the league, Martell Webster would be a great pickup for the 76ers. His corner three-point pecentage was higher than Kyle Korver’s, Ray Allen’s, and Klay Thompson’s. Webster could stretch the floor for the 76ers a bit with his long range shot, while providing pretty good defense and decent athleticism. The Wizards are unlikely to bring Webster back, especially after drafting Otto Porter. Martell would also come at a cheap price. Signing him would make sense; a player who won’t add a ton of wins but fills the roster and can score some points.
2012-2013 Stats: 11.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.2 BPG
2. Chase Budinger
An athletic, spot-up shooter out of Arizona University, Chase Budinger brings a lot to the table. He can score inside when he wants to. The problem is that he is sometimes not as aggressive as he should be. If he were other players, this would not be very good at all, but for Chase, it’s not all that bad. The reason is his ability to knock down jumpers from across the floor. He is also an average rebounder and defender. If he can stay healthy and stay aggressive, he would be great for Philly.
2012-2013 Stats: 9.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.6 BPG
1. Aaron Brooks/Will Bynum
Aaron Brooks and Will Bynum are similar players. They are both small players who think that they are big. They are strong for their size and are scrappers, kind of like Kyle Lowry. Although they are both score-first point guards, they are both adequate passers.
Will is 30 and Aaron is 28 so the 76ers could sign either one of them to short-term deals to play while Michael Carter-Williams develops. If I had to chose between the two of them, I would pick Aaron Brooks for two reasons: First, he is younger and more athletic. Second, during the 2009-10 season he averaged almosts 20 points and almost 6 assists. Just seeing what he is capable of gives him the edge, especially since he’ll come cheap.
Brooks’ 2012-2013 Stats: 7.1 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Bynum’s 2012-2013 Stats: 9.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Other Possibilities: Kevin Martin, Chris Copeland, OJ Mayo, Tyler Hansbrough, and Al Jefferson