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Brett Brown confident Sixers will be championship contenders next season

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown is confident the Sixers will be a championship contender next season.

The Sixers lost to the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the playoffs in seven games. It was the second-straight postseason Philly lost in the second round of playoffs.

The Sixers have already announced Brown will return as coach next season. Now, the franchise will do its best to retain Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick, three key players who are unrestricted free agents this summer.

Brown believes, with the core back and a few moves around the margins, the Sixers can be a legitimate championship contender next season.

“I do. I do,” Brown said, via Derek Bodner of The Athletic. And I say ‘I do’ quickly, and confidently, because that is the bottom line when I sit with Elton and Josh and David Blitzer. Like, how do we get this done? The path, the topic, never pivots. It never pivots.

The Sixers won 51 games this season. They were the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid is one of the best players in the league and Ben Simmons became an All-Star this year.

However, there are still a lot of questions surrounding the Sixers. Embiid’s health, Simmons’ inability to shoot jump shots and the futures of Butler and Harris are all pressing questions for the franchise.