Through two full days of NBA free agency, the Sixers have been one of the quieter teams in the league.

That feels very counterintuitive. James Harden wants a trade. Daryl Morey is reputed as being a deal-maker. Philadelphia opened free agency with some breathing room below the luxury tax and both tax aprons.

Yet, they've seen three players depart. There was Shake Milton. The midrange-sniping combo guard who fell out of the rotation in his final two playoff runs with the Sixers is headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves on a two-year deal valued at $10 million.

Then, there was Georges Niang. The three-pumping forward who is a slightly better positional defender than given credit for is going to Cleveland on a three-year pact worth $26 million.

Finally, there was Jalen McDaniels. The athletic, lanky wing came to Philadelphia as part of a three-team trade at the February deadline. McDaniels was informed that he wasn't likely to receive significant opportunity to play with the Sixers, sources told 97.3 ESPN. So, he left for the Toronto Raptors on a two-year contract estimated to pay a total of $9.26 million.

The Sixers did get on the board on Saturday afternoon. Patrick Beverley is coming to Philadelphia on a veteran minimum contract. The 35-year-old guard has never been a core offensive player. But, he's a serviceable three-point shooter who makes his living on the defensive end of the court.

"You've got to impact the ball a lot as a small player. Get into it, get underneath people, get over screens, impact the body of the ball-handler," head coach Nick Nurse said at his introductory press conference with the Sixers.

That's Beverley to a tee. He'll hound the ball, frustrate the opposition as both an individual and team defender, and add to the toughness that PJ Tucker began to build in this team last season.

Adding a junkyard dog like Beverley certainly isn't making the front page of the news cycle, even if it's a great addition. In the public's eye, the Harden situation looms as ostensibly the biggest card of the Sixers' offseason.

But, league sources wouldn't rule out the possibility that Harden and the Sixers could reach a solution for him to stay with Philadelphia for the 2023-24 campaign.

Of course, Damian Lillard subsequently requesting a trade away from the Portland Trail Blazers spurred hope within the Philadelphia faithful that the Sixers could find a way to redeem Harden for the superstar guard. Lillard would be a great fit and there obviously would be interest if he communicated that he wanted to come to Philadelphia. But, a league source felt it would be surprising if the Sixers made a heavy pursuit as long as Lillard is signaling that he'd rather be in Miami.

They certainly don't seem interested in deals that include Tyrese Maxey. Kyle Neubeck reported on Friday that the Sixers were not expected to reward the promising young guard with a contract extension this offseason. Brian Windhorst built a fire out of that, outright saying that the Sixers didn't extend Maxey because they might trade him. We reported on Saturday that a league source wouldn't rule out the possibility that Maxey could be extended before the start of the 2023-24 season.

As of July 3, I've heard what Marc Stein so cleanly summarized on Sunday, more or less: the Sixers aren't interested in including Maxey in trade conversations, period.

With only one free-agent addition for the veteran minimum at this point, the Sixers sit roughly $4 million below the luxury tax, $11 million below the first tax apron, and $21.5 million below the second tax apron.

Philadelphia has five roster spots to fill. While fan concern over losing three pieces is valid, you might argue that Niang was the only casualty of free agency that made a tangible impact with any degree of regularity. The Sixers ostensibly have trades to make and wiggle room below those aforementioned thresholds to complete their team.

Even though most of the big free-agent names are already off the board, there's still a number of ways this thing can get interesting for the Sixers.

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