So with the Sixers done the draft all eyes turn toward NBA free agency. The Sixers are trying to put themselves in position for top a draft pick next year in hopes of landing phenom Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is expected to be the next one. Meaning the next big star in the NBA. The Sixers are also trying to position themselves for the free agent class which could feature big names if they don’t resign such as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony.
The Sixers will have about $30 million in cap space next year with only Turner, Young, Noel, and Carter-Williams being the only players on the current roster signed through 2014 with Turners deal being a qualifying offer of around $11.2 million, Moultrie has a team option, and Allen also has a qualifying offer. However $30 million would not be enough to sign two NBA super stars and sign our projected top three pick along with another lottery pick from the New Orleans Pelicans. So with that in mind the Sixers would need to free up some more cap.
One way they could do this is by trading Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young. One team that could use both of these players is the LA Clippers. The Clippers biggest weakness as of right now is the SF and SG positions. The Sixers in return would want an expiring contract. So what could a potential deal between both teams be?
The Sixers could send both Turner and Young for back up point guard Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe would help guide rookie Michael Carter-Williams. This move would free up even more money for the Sixers in 2014 so that they could make the moves I stated above. Projected lineups for both teams would be as followed.
C – Noel
Grant it the Sixers would need to sign players in free agency to fill the holes from trading Turner and Young but it makes sense because they are trying to not only struggle this year but to also dump player salaries.