Sixers Still Looking to Land Veteran Free Agent
With day one of NBA free agency in the books, the Sixers didn't enter the frenzy by dishing out outrageous money to marginal players. They played it safe, landing veteran point guard Jerryd Bayless, but that could be coming to an end.
While Bayless got a deal that will net him "just" $9-million over the next three years, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders they have been making some significant offers to veteran free agents in the hopes of landing one or two of them.
"They are willing to offer significant money and overpay for a guy in order to get veterans in there," Kennedy said on the Sports Bash.
"They want to be a team that can make a jump in the standings. Maybe not be a playoff team, I think that is a bit much, but I do think they want to make progress this year. So they are willing to go out and spend money. They are talking to a lot of players right now."
So who might one of the veteran free agents be?
One name to keep an eye on could be Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo. Who according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, while the Kings aren’t out of the mix for Rondo yet, he adds the Sixers to the list of teams with interest in the former NBA champ.
Another name that the Sixers still could have interest in is Philadelphia native Dion Waiters. Keith Pompey reports that while Waiters is meeting with the Kings this weekend, the Sixers would like their own meeting with the shooting guard.
“The masterplan for Philly is if they can use all of this cap room and if their young core develops, then they can really maximize their potential," Kennedy explains. "They have all of this cap room to sign two or three free agents, suddenly things become very interesting for Philly and that team becomes pretty serious."