Until the lockout ends, fans of the Philadelphia 76ers can only hold a collective breath that the team has been paying attention the Phillies and Eagles for tips on how to build a contender.
For nearly a decade, the 76ers have been stuck in a state of mediocrity that has taken its toll on even their most die-hard supporters.
However, as last season showed, brighter days may be just around the corner.
The next step for the Sixers is to build around a young backcourt featuring Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, while determining the future of Andre Iguodala, as well as how to resign Thaddeus Young.
But, with nearly $54 million committed to nine players next season, two qualifying offers already extended to Young and center Spencer Hawes, and an uncertainty surrounding the next salary cap, the Sixers are in a tough spot when it comes to roster moves.
Rather than paying a high price for one of this off-season’s top free agents, the team may be better off finding role players who can have an impact with the current young nucleus, before eventually becoming compliments on a roster full of players about to reach their prime.
The Sixers current roster is filled with potential for great success.
Ensuring that the team reaches this potential is what’s next on the agenda.