The Sixers surprised most people by jumping into the playoffs and grabbing the No. 7 seed after having the No. 2 overall pick last summer. However, how far can this current team go in the all-of-a-sudden stacked Eastern Conference?
The answer is not very far. Philly has to make changes in order to contend in the East. Changes might be harder to come by than most people think because the Sixers are so cap-strung.
The Sixers, if they re-sign Thaddeus Young, will most likely have about $54 million already committed to their 2011-2012 roster, and that does not even include their draft picks. Keep in mind that the salary cap for last season was just over $58 million.
If the Sixers want to improve their team, a trade might be the only way to do so. Here are five bold predictions for the Sixers in the 2011 free-agency period.