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Elton Brand stresses Sixers are keeping the core together

Elton Brand

The Philadelphia 76ers entered the season with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as their headliners. Now, they have added Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris to their starting lineup.

The problem is, it may be difficult for the 76ers to keep all of these players long term, especially considering that both Butler and Harris are set to be free agent this summer.

However, Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand insists that the Sixers intend to keep their core together for the long haul:

“I’ve gotten all assurances from the managing partners that we can bring them back and sign them for whatever it takes to sign them. We want to keep this core long term,” said Brand after the 76ers’ 117-110 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, according to The Associated Press.

Of course, like anything else, that will be easier said than done.

Embiid is already on a five-year, $147 million contract that will take him through 2023, and the 76ers will also have to pay Simmons on top of that.

Throw Butler and Harris into the mix, and Philadelphia may and itself pretty strapped financially moving forward.

Plus, there have been plenty of rumors that Butler will leave the Sixers this summer, will some speculating that he may take his talents to the Los Angeles Clippers.

It remains to be seen what happens, but one thing is for sure: the 76ers are definitely going all in for the 2018-19 campaign with the hope of potentially bringing a title to the City of Brotherly Love.