James Ennis opting out of 76ers contract
James Ennis was the 76ers’ lone reliably good backup this postseason.
He’s hoping to parlay that success into a salary above $1,845,301 next season.
Teams can’t get enough versatile forwards like Ennis. He can defend multiple positions and, sometimes, shoot adequately from outside. The 28-year-old should remain a helpful player.
With his Non-Bird Rights, Philadelphia can offer him a starting salary up to 120% of his minimum salary. That projects to be about $2.3 million. Paying Ennis more would require using another exception (like the mid-level) or cap space.
Of course, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris are the main priorities in free agency. But the 76ers sacrificed a lot of depth to acquire those two. Philadelphia must build back up its roster.
So, whether or not they re-sign Ennis, the 76ers should keep pursuing more capable reserves.