Philly could make run at Bucks RFA Malcolm Brogdon if they miss out on Jimmy Butler & Tobias Harris
The Philadelphia 76ers could have some aces up their sleeve in case their two major unrestricted free agents, Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler, both decide to pass on returning to the City of Brotherly Love this summer. According to a Western Conference executive, the Sixers could opt to make a run at Milwaukee Bucks restricted free agent guard Malcolm Brogdon.
“If both players leave, the Sixers would have plenty of money to make a run at the top free agents—Durant, Leonard, Kyrie Irving. But there doesn’t appear to be mutual interest on that front. They could also try to weaken a rival while strengthening their core by pursuing [Khris] Middleton or Brogdon.
“I have heard that they have an interest in Brogdon,” said the executive. “Offer him a big deal and put a little heat on Milwaukee. Play him as a wing. He’s a tough kid. He can defend. He’s resilient. Doesn’t need the ball in his hands. And he has great leadership qualities.”
Getting Middleton at this point it’s highly unlikely, as the Bucks are reportedly making him their No. 1 focus this offseason. Some have even rumored he’s right in line for a five-year contract for a touch less than the max, which would be too handsome an offer to resist.
Yet Brogdon is an interesting yield, considering the Sixers (sans Butler and Harris) could throw oodles of money at a young player with plenty of promise, one that is coming off a fantastic 50-40-90 season for the record books.