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8 free-agents that should intrigue the Sixers

Andrew Porter
June 24, 2019 - 10:36 am

The NBA free-agency negotiating period begins on June 30th at 6pm e.t. For the Philadelphia 76ers, their situation is largely dependent on what happens with their own free-agents in Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and JJ Redick. Ownership has publicly stated they are willing to pay the luxury tax if necessary, something that the NBA allows teams to do in order to re-sign their own free-agents. 

Related: Sixers reportedly have interest in Danny Green

But in case one or all of: Butler chooses Houston, Harris choose Brooklyn, or Redick wants too much or money actually happens, here are eight free-agents that should intrigue Elton Brand and the Sixers' front-office. 

1. Terry Rozier (RFA)

Rozier is, in my opinion, the best player on this list. Rozier, who went off on the Celtics and their situation after the season, has a 2019-20 qualifying offer of $4,285,798. The 25-year-old point guard has shown flashes of all-star potential, but has never gotten the opportunity behind former Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas and soon-to-be former Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. 

Rozier has averaged just 20 minutes per game for his career, but broke out a little bit in the 2017-18 postseason (especially against the Sixers) where he put up 16.5 points, 5.7 assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting 34.7-percent from three. 

2. Terrence Ross 

Ross signed a three-year deal worth $31.5 million with the Toronto Raptors in 2015 and was traded to the Orlando Magic in 2017. Ross, 28, is one of the more underrated iso-scoring guards in the NBA. Last season, Ross was instant offense for Orlando, averaging 15.1 points on 38.3 three-point shooting (7.0 attempts per game) in just 26.5 minutes, helping them reach the postseason. In the right situation, like Philly, Ross can become a big time scorer. He reminds me a little bit of Lou Williams. 

3. Marcus Morris

Marcus Morris is 29-year-old, he's from Philly, he's an unrestricted free-agent, and he'd be an excellent stretch four alongside of Joel Embiid. Morris has averaged about 14 points per game in each of the last four seasons. He's a career 36.0-percent three-point shooter, is a solid defender, and would bring a necessary toughness with him. 

4. Julius Randle 

Randle, 24, has opted out of his second season with the New Orleans Pelicans, becoming a free-agent. Last season, Randle broke out averaging 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists while shooting 52.4 FG% / 34.4 3FG% / 73.1 FT% proving he has all-star type talent. He's another excellent stretch-four option alongside Embiid, but he won't come cheap. 

5. Kelly Oubre Jr. (RFA)

Oubre is a guy I've always believed in. Just 23 years old, Oubre hasn't ever really gotten a fair chance in the NBA. The Wizards, who drafted him 15th overall in 2015—on top of being a dumpster fire trying to figure out the John Wall + Bradley Beal + injury situation—never found a consistent starting role for him. Then, in December, he was traded to Phoenix. Now, Oubre has a $4,915,726 qualifying offer. 

The 6'7" smooth lefty averaged 16.9 points in 40 games with the lowly Suns, playing a career-high 29.5 minutes per game, but still just seeing 12 starts. 

6. Rodney Hood 

Hood is another lefty who's bounced around throughout his NBA career. The 26-year-old free-agent has already played for three teams in seven seasons, averaging 12.6 points for his career, shooting 36.7-percent from three. Hood has 44 games of playoff experience under his belt and in the right situation, seems ready to take the next step. I don't think Hood's ceiling is as high as Oubre's, but he could certainly help the Sixers. 

7. Markieff Morris

The other Morris twin, Markieff, would be another good option for the Sixers. The 29-year-old forward is an unrestricted free-agent. Last season, he was traded from the Wizards to the Thunder, who gave him just 16.1 minutes per game. For his career, Morris averages 11.6 points and 3.8 boards on 34-percent three point shooting. 

8. Harrison Barnes

Barnes would be a replacement for Harris, as both are very similar players. The 27-year-old 6'8" forward is a 37.1-percent three-point shooter and a capable defender. However, he'll come at an expensive price.