The 76ers right now have very little options when it comes to free agency, and the 2009 roster will probably be very similar to last year’s roster. There is not much to look forward to as a 76ers fan. The Sixers have fallen off the radar in Philadelphia and are sadly a distant fourth behind the Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers.
The team needs an impact shooter, a go-to guy in the clutch, and a new head coach.
One way that the Sixers will definitely try to get an impact shooter is through the draft. They pick 17th overall, and there are a numbers of options that they can go.
I would like them to take a point guard or a shooting guard. Eric Maynor is my personal favorite, the point guard out of Virginia Commonwealth.
Maynor is a point guard with a great mid-range game, he is 6'3", 175 pounds with great court vision and ball handling skills. He has also drawn comparisons to Chauncey Billups.
They could also take Jonny Flynn who is another good point guard out of Syracuse. Flynn is a smaller point guard at 5'11" and is a very good penetrator.
Also, Ty Lawson, the point guard from North Carolina is lightning quick, but because of his size, some scouts worry about his defense.
He decided to come back for another year to win a championship. During that year, he improved his shooting and his defense, setting the record for steals in the NCAA title game.
Wayne Ellington is the shooting guard out of UNC. He's a local kid who can knock it down from three-point range. Ellington is also a great runner without the ball and has drawn comparisons to Cuttino Mobley. Ellington is a pure shooter who has a great release and great range.
Jeff Teague is the point guard from Wake Forest. He's great in the open court and would fit in great with the pace the Sixers like to run. Teague is a great defender and a natural scorer.
When it comes to free agency, the Sixers literally have no options. Not just this year, but in 2010, when the free agent class is very potent.
The Sixers gave Elton Brand a huge deal; Brand was out for majority of the season. As much as people like to rip Brand, you saw it in the postseason, when they lacked a post presence. Brand will be back next year, and at 31 years of age, I wonder if he is still a consistent 20-10 player.
However, GM Ed Stefanski has talked about exploring options for Andre Iguodala. Iguodala is the team’s only marketable player, and they might get an impact player.
I think if they could trade Iguodala and a first round pick for Joe Johnson, Ed Stefanski will also have to ship Samuel Dalambert. Dalambert has expressed his unhappiness and almost everybody wants him out. He has worn out his welcome in town and has never lived up to his contract.
If they wish to get rid of him, they would have to trade him; you can’t buy him out since the team is already in a financial mess.
The 76ers head coaching job does not seem to generate much interest from big names. Names from former head coaches like Avery Johnson, Jeff Van Gundy, and Doug Collins to assistants like Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, and Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau. I just can’t see them paying big money to a head coach like Avery Johnson.
I see them picking an assistant like Kurt Rambis. Although they would have to pay big money to get him, Avery Johnson brings swagger to the team. He coached a great Mavs team to the finals. As a player, he was a leader, and won a championship with the Spurs.
Johnson would make the Sixers play with a more serious style; you think Avery Johnson would let any of his players twitter during halftime?
When the Sixers played under DiLeo, they played with no attitude and played too loose. Johnson would bring swagger, he has the experience, and he has the pedigree. If the Sixers can get him for a good price, that would be considered a big splash.
The future for the team looks uncertain; the team can’t afford anyone. GM Ed Stefanski has a mountain of a task. If this team hopes to win a championship in the next five years, this roster will not get it done.
Expect this to be a quiet offseason. The future does not look great for this team. Major changes are needed.