Thabo Sefolosha is on Sixers’ “list”, have mutual interest
The Philadelphia 76ers and defensive stalwart Thabo Sefolosha reportedly have a mutual interest. Per Brian Michael Jacobs of The Painted Lines, Sefolosha — part of the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2010 — is ‘on the list’ of the Sixers’ target free agents.
The Sixers and Thabo Sefolosha have a mutual interest. A team source told me that “he is on the list” which is consistent with everything I’ve heard up until this point. I won’t be surprised if he’s on the team in 2019-20, but nothing is final yet.
— Brian Michael Jacobs (@BrianMikeJacobs) July 20, 2019
Sefolosha, 35, was the 13th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He has played for the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and the Utah Jazz. However, he is probably most known for his stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the team’s best defender and was instrumental in helping the team go all the way to the NBA Finals in 2012.
However, for the past few seasons, injuries have marred the trajectory of his career. In January 2018, he suffered an MCL injury and underwent season-ending surgery. He was also suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program on April 3, 2018.
The Sixers, meanwhile, have been making some relatively good deals over the summer. Their long-term signings of Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons is a clear indication that they are looking to building a team around the two stars. The acquisition of Al Horford, too, has been tagged as one of the biggest free agency signings this year. Together with Joel Embiid, the Brett Brown-led squad is looking to improve on their relatively impressive campaign last season.
Though Sefolosha might be out of his prime already, adding him to the Sixers squad will be seen as a good signing wherever one looks at it. His veteran presence, as well as his defensive savviness, is something that every team vying for the title needs.