The Philadelphia 76ers did not have many resources in terms of making additions to their roster around Joel Embiid and James Harden, but they were able to make it work thanks to Harden opting out of his $47.3 million player option.
The Beard opting out allowed Philadelphia the financial flexibility to go out and sign PJ Tucker and Daniel House Jr. in free agency and they were able to upgrade the roster. They both add toughness as well as legitimate 3-and-D options to help the team move forward. They also added De’Anthony Melton in a draft night trade.
At the moment, the NBA plans on investigating the Sixers for tampering charges, but it doesn’t change the fact that they did make big moves to add to their roster and become a better team.
Due to the offseason moves the Sixers have made, The Athletic has given Philadelphia a grade of A-minus for their additions:
No, the Sixers didn’t make the splashiest moves this offseason. But they did as well as I could’ve imagined considering the limited resources available. James Harden took a major pay cut in 2022-23, and he is now reunited with both PJ Tucker and Daniel House Jr. because of it. The Sixers were also able to turn Danny Green’s contract and the No. 23 pick into De’Antony Melton. All three acquisitions addressed their biggest roster issue: wing defense and depth. There might be more to come, and there’s still the question of whether it’s enough to get over the hump, but this has been a quietly rock-solid offseason in Philly.
Philadelphia has had a very solid offseason that they hope will head into the 2022-23 season and have success on the floor. The current core of Embiid, Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris combined with the Tucker, House Jr., and Melton additions make this roster the deepest on paper during the Embiid era.
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