Going into the offseason, the Sixers had a ton of questions and not many answers. With three of their top five players being free agents, the Sixers could go from title contenders to “trusting the process” again. However, with everything that has happened over the last week, Sixers fans can likely breathe a sigh of relief.
While the Sixers have lost JJ Redick, who signed a 2-year $26.5M deal with the Pelicans, and Jimmy Butler joined the Heat, the third player in that mix, Tobias Harris, agreed to a 5-year $180M deal with Philadelphia.
Keeping Harris, will definitely lessen the burden on the loss of Redick. Redick was the team’s best shooter last season, shooting a consistent 39% from long range.
The Sixers were also able to acquire Josh Richardson from Miami as a part of the Butler deal. Richardson obviously is not the same caliber of player as Butler, but this a great addition to the team who also acquired former Celtic big man Al Horford last week after both parties agreed to a 4-year $109M deal.
Richardson averaged a career high 16.2ppg last season for the Heat, while Horford averaged just under 14ppg while shooting over 50% from the field.
What does this all mean?
Anytime you lose your best three-point shooter and best perimeter threat on both the offensive and defensive ends, you must try to acquire talent to fill that gap. However, even though the Sixers are not likely to sign another Butler-type superstar this offseason, they still have some solid pieces.
With Simmons and Embiid still running the show, the new additions, on top of resigning Harris and Mike Scott (who agreed to stay another two years), this should help keep things rolling on the offensive end in the absence of Butler and Redick.
Sixer fans can relax a bit. All hope is not lost. With the current roster and the addition of another shooter/offensive threat, the sixers are still on pace to make another run at the title. If Simmons is ever able to develop his shooting ability, that would open up a ton of offensive possibilities for the Sixers next season.