The Philadephia 76ers will easily be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference who will draw interest from some of the top free agents in 2019. Despite a strong playoff run, the Sixers are still being constructed to become the next dynasty in the NBA. With cornerstones Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, they have their point guard and center as the foundation. What’s missing is a top scorer such as Kevin Durant.
There are reports that Durant will likely decline his player option with the Golden State Warriors and become a free agent in 2019. If that happens, then the Sixers must pounce. Yes, bringing back Tobias Harris and hoping Jimmy Butler exercises his Player Option would be good, but there are no guarantees that will happen. If both players were to walk, the Sixers will be loaded with disposable cash.
The 76ers will have six contracts on the books for 2019 if Butler decides to opt-out. While Elton Brand will look to re-sign players such as J.J. Redick and Mike Scott to team-friendly deals, Brand must also go for the top of the pile. Why not swing for the fences with Kevin Durant?
With rumors that the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, or Los Angeles Lakers may be a good destination, what the Sixers have to offer should not be overlooked. For one, this is the Eastern Conference where Durant can easily make a run reminiscent of what LeBron James did for eight seasons. His reasons for wanting to depart the Warriors could be the criticism he has taken or maybe it’s time for a new challenge.