Sixers 2021 Free Agency Tracker
Updated: Aug 5, 2021
The 2021-22 season has begun. With the 2021 Draft behind us, teams can now start negotiating with free agents to round out their rosters.
The Philadelphia 76ers don't expect to be major players on this front, as they owe a combined $100 million to Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. But with a Simmons trade almost inevitable, there is a chance that they could be suitors on the trade front after the major free agency dominoes fall.
Below I will be recapping each move the Sixers make, and updating it as the league's landscape unfolds.
Furkan Korkmaz re-ups for three years, $15 million - Korkmaz's tumultuous tenure with the Sixers continues. After spending most of his rookie year in the G League, getting "victory cigar" minutes and asking for a trade in year two, being the only shooter on the roster in year three, and finally coming into his own as a bench "bomber" in year four, the Turkish swingman is back with the team that drafted him. His time with the Sixers has been nothing short of weird, but it should stabilize now that he's under contract for multiple years.
We saw Furk flourish in a specific role: an off-ball wing who shoots, cuts, and competes on defense. When given more responsibility with the bench unit, i.e. when Shake Milton was cold or Tyrese Maxey was in the doghouse, Korkmaz visibly struggled. He definitely shouldn't have much responsibility as a primary creator or even a secondary one. But as a lower-rung option next to superior players, he's very effective in a complementary role.
Over the last two seasons, Korkmaz has hit 39.0% of his 3s (625 attempts) and taken 8.6 of them per-36 minutes. For his career, 62.4% of his field goal attempts have been triples. He's one of the most willing shooters Embiid has ever had, and the front office (correctly) made it a priority to re-sign him.
(Credit: Yong Kim, Philadelphia Inquirer)
Andre Drummond joins for the minimum - At least he's better than Dwight Howard. Drummond, 27, is one of the many casualties of the modern NBA, where centers who can't shoot on offense or switch on defense are usually liabilities. He's really productive--he owns the highest rebounding percentage in NBA history (24.55%), has averaged at least 13 boards a night since his rookie season, and consistently pours in points of his own on the inside--but that style hasn't translated to winning much in today's league.
But in a backup role, it really can't hurt. In 10-15 minutes a game as Joel Embiid's relief man (and 25-30 as his fill-in), Drummond's strengths can be preserved while his weaknesses are mitigated. Bench units will be less likely to expose him because they're not as good. Imagine Howard's role last year, but a markedly better player performing it.
Georges Niang signs for two years, $6.7 million - Most recently a constant in the Utah Jazz rotation, Niang was a valuable rotation guy for a very good squad. Over the last three years he's hit 41.3% of his 3s (622 attempts) in a catch-and-shoot role. He's a stretch 4 who has no problem firing away (career rate of 8.5 3-point attempts per-36 minutes), and his stroke backs up how good of a shooter he is. Think Ersan Ilyasova when he was a Sixer, but slightly better.
Danny Green re-joins for two years, $20 million (second year non-guaranteed) - The most important Sixers free agent also took the longest to make a decision. It made sense that the saga went on, as Green had his share of suitors, but the saga was anxiety-inducing for the fanbase, as losing him outright (with no easy replacement) would not have been good. Philly welcomes back the most easy-going member of its starting five from last year, a guy who hits 40% on 3s, stays out of the way, and defends his position well.
This story is developing and will continue to be updated as news breaks.