Sixers Re-Sign Furkan Korkmaz With a Two-Year Deal
The Philadelphia 76ers' moves won't stop yet. After making some of their big splashes by retaining Tobias Harris, extending Ben Simmons, and acquiring Al Horford, it was time for the Sixers to start working on improving their bench. The Sixers specifically had to look into acquiring shooters, and they were rumored to be in on a notable veteran.
Over the last couple of weeks, a reunion with Kyle Korver was in the works. While Korver had eyes for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Sixers, he ultimately chose to join the Bucks, leaving the Sixers on the search for a veteran shooter still. Rumors of a potential J.R. Smith signing have surfaced the web, but it looks like they will head into a familiar direction for now.
On Wednesday, ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed that the Sixers would, in fact, bring back veteran shooting guard, Furkan Korkmaz. The two-year veteran agreed to play ball in Turkey last month before NBA Free Agency tipped off, but it looks like he will make his way back to Philly in time for the 2019-2020 season this winter.
Last season, Korkmaz appeared in 48 games for the Sixers. He missed a good chunk of the second half of the year due to an MCL injury, which required surgery. Korkmaz would make his way back to the team in time for the playoffs, but he didn't have much of a role for the Sixers during their matchups against the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors.
During the regular season, Korkmaz averaged roughly under 15 minutes-per-game. He was shooting 40-percent from the field and 32.6-percent from three-point range -- Quite the improvement from his debut season in 2017. It's unclear if Korkmaz is the Sixers definitive solution for a veteran shooter to come off of the bench or not. Seeing as though options are beginning to run thin, this could be their final move for an experienced shooter.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for South Jersey's 97.3 ESPN. You can follow Justin on Twitter: @JGrasso_