Philadelphia 76ers new president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo is trying to save his team from yet another embarrassingly bad NBA season, but he’s got a problem. Too many big men and too many guards for a 15 man roster and more coming every day this summer. RealGM Wiretap quotes Colangelo as saying,
“There’s no question you can look at our roster and say we have some unbalance. We’re top heavy. We have some good talent there.”
“We have to figure out what we’re going to do with everybody.”
“We’re not going to make a bad deal just to make a deal. I think we can be a better basketball team if we can distribute that talent better. Maybe take one of those assets and address other needs on the roster. I think right now it’s best to say we like all of them, we want to see if we can make the most out of each of them. At the end of the day, the reality says one has to go at some point but only when the deal is right.”
The 76ers have big men Jahil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Richaun Holmes plus veteran Carl Landry and now 2014 draft pick Dario Saric coming in. Plus 6’10, let’s pretend he’s a small forward, first pick overall Ben Simmons.
Colangelo needs to make a trade, but he also needs to get something of value back if he’s to move one of his high potential young bigs.
Colangelo feels like the League is trying to poach a prospect for next to nothing and he’s probably right, but if he holds out for a while, there will be a team willing to give up a useful player and/or picks for Okafor or Noel.
However, Colangelo’s problems don’t end with the bigs. In a flurry of signings to get someone that might be able to set up his young developing core of big men, he now has too many guards as well, but this problem should be a lot easier to resolve.
Jarryd Bayless, Sergio Rodriguez and Gerald Henderson will give Colangelo’s team some badly needed veteran depth. Rookie Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot needs some playing time as does sophomore T.J. McConnell, the presumptive starter. Hopefully Nik Staukas remembers how to shoot the three-ball. Fortunately? Kendall Marshall, Robert Covington, Hollis Thompson and even forward Jerami Grant all have non-guaranteed deals if Colangelo needs to create room – which he does.
Any of those players on non-guaranteed contracts could be the tweak Colangelo needs to get the player(s) he’d want back for one of his big men.
Thompson has averaged 39.1 percent from three-point range over three seasons. Marshall has averaged 4.9 assists over four seasons with four different teams and shot 37 percent from three. Jerami Grant shows potential as a ‘3-and-D’ combo forward.
Based on what Colangelo has been doing, he like to get an experienced young wing that could stretch the floor and help with the development of his young big men.
The 76ers are so far below the NBA’s minimum salary that they can take back just about anything in additional salary. They can and probably will help out somebody needing to dump a contract, but that’s not the priority. Colangelo needs to get this Philadelphia experiment rolling forward. He needs to make basketball trades that help his team to start getting better this season and beyond.
Make him an offer – please.