The long awaited Jahlil Okafor trade has finally happened. Okafor along with Nik Stauskas and a second round pick were dealt to the Brooklyn Nets for veteran big man Trevor Booker. With this deal there is now an open spot on the Sixers’ roster and with around $2.9 million in cap space the team can now go out and sign a veteran to bring on the bench to help compliment this young team. Here are some notable players that are on the market right now.
Miller could be a great veteran presence on the Sixers’ bench. He provides great playoff experience being a two time champion with the Miami Heat. Also, Miller would provide solid shooting from three being a 40% three point shooter for his career. He spent last season with the Denver Nuggets so he also only spent a couple months away from the NBA court. Miller’s perimeter shooting and playoff experience could be a huge help for the Sixers to make a playoff push this season.
Mike Dunleavy Jr.
Dunleavy would bring similar traits to what Miller would bring to the Sixers. Dunleavy is another veteran shooter that is on the market right now. But, Dunleavy brings a little more height than Miller does so he could play a stretch forward role and spread the floor if the team wanted to run small ball. He is one year removed from the court as well spending last season with the Cavaliers. Dunleavy’s career averages of eleven points, four rebounds, and two assists per game could bring solid production for the Sixers’ second unit.
Gerald Green would bring something different to the team then the first two players would. Mainly being known for his great leaping ability Green could bring speed and athleticism off the bench. This could be a very beneficial signing for TLC as well due to him and Green having very similar play styles both being slashers with the ability to shoot from three. The former dunk contest winner last played for the Celtics this past season and for his career averages ten points, two boards, and one assist per game.
Although this would be a long shot the name still had to be thrown in the mix. Signing Ellis to come off the bench could be a huge move. For his career he averages 18 points a game and would provide a solidified scoring option off the bench to pair with a floor general point guard like TJ Mcconnell. Adding a big scorer would be crucial especially on nights when Joel Embiid doesn’t play. This move could potentially be a huge move for the Sixers’ but is a huge longshot because with Ellis being a starter for more then a majority of his career the possibility of him signing to a team in a reserve position seems slim.
There are multiple free agent players on the market right now but these four all have something unique that they could bring to the Sixers. With the extra spot on the roster now signing the right veteran could be the move that takes the Sixers from on the bubble of being in the playoff picture to being a definite competing team in the eastern conference come playoff time.