The Philadelphia 76ers might just pull off the coup of the offseason if they can find a way to sign P.J. Tucker. As a kicker, he may not be the only one going the Sixers’ way as they have their sights on two more guys.
2 players I have been told to watch out for as possible Sixers targets
Otto Porter Jr
Danuel House Jr
Sixers are looking for wing depth pic.twitter.com/NzZDjaLO63
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) June 30, 2022
Retaining the core of Joel Embiid, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris for the 2022–23 season is the top priority for the Sixers. They will, however, also need to boost their bench unit. That means they will have to go through some bargain hunting in free agency.
Philadelphia presently has two roster spots vacant, but team options and/or non-fully guaranteed contracts might result in as many as four openings. Maybe Philly fans can thank James Harden for that after he chose not to exercise his $47.3M player option Wednesday. As a result, the Sixers now have more freedom than was anticipated going into the free-agent market.
This has pumped up a number of fans. It paves the way for Tucker to sign on and potentially fill the defensive void left by Ben Simmons’ departure.
Least PPG for active players playing over 28 MPG:
7.1 — PJ Tucker
8.7 — Draymond Green
9.2 — Isaac Okoro
9.5 — Herbert Jones
9.8 — Rajon Rondo pic.twitter.com/CxR89ivrI7
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 30, 2022
Tucker put up just 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game last season with the Miami Heat. He did, however, shoot a career-high 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. He also brings championship experience after he played a pivotal role in the Milwaukee Bucks’ title run in 2021.
Speaking of champions, Philly is targeting a second guy — erstwhile Golden State Warrior Otto Porter Jr. He was a solid supporting cast member for the Warriors this past season, and that has helped him attract a lot of suitors in free agency. That includes both L.A. teams, the Boston Celtics, the Warriors (of course), and the Sixers.
If Porter does leave San Francisco to go east, Philadelphia would not be a bad choice. He could alternate at either forward spot with Matisse Thybulle and Tobias Harris.
Lastly, one more rumored free agent target is Danuel House Jr. House can definitely play, though he is notorious for having been expelled from the NBA’s bubble in Orlando for violating the league’s COVID-19 safety guidelines in September 2020. Before his expulsion, he was putting up career-high numbers in scoring, rebounding, and steals for the Houston Rockets.