The 2019 NBA Offseason is finally settling with most of the player movement being finalized and rosters cementing themselves ahead of next season.  The departure of Kawhi Leonard from Toronto has opened the Eastern Conference up to what many consider a two team race.  The Milwaukee Bucks with reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Philadelphia 76ers with Two-Time All-NBA Team Selection Joel Embiid, those are the two teams many are watching closely heading into the 2019-20 season.  Both teams have resigned important All-Star Caliber Players to long term deals (Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris) along with signing veteran players who are expected to have a big impact (Al Horford and Wesley Matthews).  But both the Sixers and Bucks lost valuable players to Free Agency who were very productive contributors (Jimmy Butler and Malcolm Brogdon).

SiriusXM NBA Radio Host and Forbes NBA Columnist Mitch Lawrence joined Mike Gill on Friday with his perspective on the Sixers standing in the Eastern Conference heading into 2019-20 season:

“In the (Eastern Conference), I look at Philadelphia and say they’re going to have struggles here until they prove that they have got a guy that can close games and they get more shooting.  They need shooting; Now I have heard (the Sixers) are interested in Kyle Korver, LeBron James is (also) interested in Kyle Korver, he likes Korver a lot.  – This is something that I am sure Brett Brown is looking at and thinking ‘Okay, yeah everybody is picking us on paper but when we get on the court, who can I depend on and who can I ride down the stretch of these games’.  It is probably going to have to be Joel Embiid and whether he can do it or not remains to be seen.”

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