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NBA free agency 2019 tracker: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving set to sign with Nets

NBA free agency 2019 tracker: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving set to sign with Nets

This is one of the biggest offseasons in franchise history for the Sixers. Keep track of all the latest NBA free agency rumors and rumblings right here.

Tuesday, 7:40 p.m. — Jared Dudley is going West 

Tuesday, 6:56 p.m. — Utah will add Jeff Green

 

Monday, 7:57 p.m. — Golden State to re-sign Kevon Looney

 

Monday, 4:38 p.m. — Former Sixer Nerlens Noel is staying with the Thunder

Monday, 4:10 p.m. — Wes Matthews moving to Milwaukee 

Monday, 2:17 p.m. — Boston signing big man Enes Kanter

Monday, 12:58 p.m. — Austin Rivers returning to the Rockets

Monday, 12:37 p.m. — Miami and Houston making a deal 

Monday, 12:23 p.m. — Seth Curry to the Mavs

Monday, 3:13 a.m. — Cory Joseph has agreed to a deal with the Kings

Monday, 1:52 a.m. — Reggie Bullock is headed to New York 

Monday, 1:20 a.m. — Patrick Beverley is staying with the Clippers 

Monday, 12:23 a.m. — Jamal Murray will get a max extension 

Sunday, 11:43 p.m. — Robin Lopez will join his brother in Milwauke

Sunday, 11:41 p.m. — Andre Igoudala heading to Memphis

Sunday, 11:23 p.m. — Golden State will acquire D'Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade 

Sunday, 7:35 p.m. — The Knicks land a free agent in Julius Randle

Sunday, 7:26 p.m. — Former Sixer Nerlens Noel wil return to the Thunder

Sunday, 7:25 p.m. — Veteran forward DeMarre Carroll lands with Spurs

Sunday, 6:42 p.m. — Rodney Hood re-signs with Portland

Sunday, 6:33 p.m. — Ricky Rubio heads to Phoenix

Sunday, 6:19 p.m. — Al-Farouq Aminu is joining the Magic

Sunday, 6:14 p.m. — Veteran wing Trevor Ariza signs with the Kings

Sunday, 6:10 p.m. — Terrence Ross stays with the Magic

Sunday, 6 p.m. — Former Sixer Thaddeus Young to the Bulls

Sunday, 5:42 p.m. — Khris Middleton will return to Bucks

Sunday, 4:52 p.m. — Kevin Durant plans to sign with Brooklyn

And he'll be joined by Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan 

Sunday, 4:32 p.m. — Brook Lopez set to return to Milwaukee 

Sunday, 3:25 p.m. — Kevin Durant to announce his decision Sunday night

And the Nets are reportedly confident he's heading to Brooklyn 

Sunday, 2:35 p.m. — D'Angelo Russell prefers Timberwolves over Lakers

Sunday, 1:49 p.m. — Jonas Valanciunas expected to re-sign with Memphis

Sunday, 1:13 p.m. — There's reportedly "mutual interest" between Al Horford and the Kings. 

However, the Sixers reportedly have "very real interest" in Horford.

Saturday, 8:46 p.m. — The salary cap is set.

Saturday 8:25 p.m. — It sounds like a backup center option for the Sixers could be headed to Sacramento.

Saturday, 6 p.m. — Kyrie Irving expected to sign with the Nets

Saturday, 4:40 p.m. — Kemba Walker plans on signing a 4-year, $141 million deal with Boston

Saturday, 3:51 p.m. — Minnesota Timberwolves to meet with restricted free agent D'Angelo Russell.

Saturday, 12:30 p.m. — Golden State planning to sign Klay Thompson to a 5-year, $190 million max contract.

Saturday, 11:37 a.m. — Kawhi and KD planning to team up?

Friday, 9:25 p.m. — Four teams have a shot at Kevin Durant. 

Friday, 4:53 p.m. — Kawhi Leonard has a meeting set with the Lakers.

Friday, 4:18 p.m. — Orlando is lining up a deal for Nikola Vucevic 

Friday, 3:08 p.m. — Warriors prepared to offer Klay Thompson a max deal

Friday 2:57 p.m. — Rockets have a trade partner for Clint Capela, but only if they get Jimmy Butler

Thursday, 8:47 a.m. — There are "sizable" gaps in talks between Kemba Walker and the Hornets 

And the Celtics are seen as the frontrunners for the All-Star guard

Wednesday, 4:59 p.m. — Marc Gasol staying in Toronto

Wednesday, 3:14 p.m. — Rockets seeking a first-round pick for sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler

But ...

Wednesday, 11:49 a.m. — As expected, Kevin Durant is hitting the free agent market.

Tuesday, 3:49 p.m. — The Celtics are reportedly expected to make a strong push for Kemba Walker.

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2019 NBA free agent targets: Al Horford a possible Plan B for Sixers; looking at veteran backup options for Joel Embiid

2019 NBA free agent targets: Al Horford a possible Plan B for Sixers; looking at veteran backup options for Joel Embiid

The quality of the Sixers’ play at center dropped off drastically when Joel Embiid sat last season.

In free agency, the team will likely aim to find a solid, veteran backup. Players in that category form the bulk of our list of five potential big man targets, although there is one higher-profile name.

Outside of these five players, former Sixer Nerlens Noel is another big man to monitor. He decided Saturday afternoon not to pick up his $1.98 million player option with Oklahoma City for 2019-20, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. 

We looked at possible point guard, wing and power forward targets earlier in the week. 

Al Horford

Horford has been linked with the Sixers over the past week after not picking up his player option with the Celtics (see story). He might be Plan B for the Sixers if the team does not re-sign Tobias Harris. As Sixers fans know, Horford is a valuable player who does a lot of things well, including defend Embiid. It would certainly be interesting to see how effective he’d be playing with Embiid. You imagine Brett Brown would try to stagger Horford and Embiid’s minutes to separate the two as much as possible, though Horford’s three-point shooting ability would make playing the pair together tenable. The uncertainty of that fit and the likelihood that the 33-year-old Horford would decline over the course of the lucrative four-year contract he’s reportedly seeking could deter the Sixers. 

Dewayne Dedmon

Unless they sign Horford, the Sixers would be looking for a backup center who can start 15-20 games a season in Embiid’s place and play 15 or so good minutes most nights. It’s not difficult to envision Dedmon, a Process era Sixer (for 11 games in the 2013-14 season), filling that job well. Dedmon has averaged 10.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and one block per game over the past two seasons for the Hawks. He’s gone from taking one three-point shot over his first 224 NBA games to being a legitimate threat from long range (38.2 percent on 3.4 attempts per game in 2018-19). For the Sixers, the 7-footer’s ability to run the floor would also be appealing. 

Ed Davis 

A beloved teammate, the 30-year-old Davis had the most rebounds of any bench player last season and was 17th in the NBA in rebounding despite playing just 17.9 minutes per game. He brings reliable energy and professionalism.

Kevon Looney

The word "heroic" probably gets thrown around far too often in sports, but Looney’s playing through a costal cartilage fracture in the NBA Finals might merit the term — he gritted through what was obviously intense pain. At 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, Looney is a shade undersized for a traditional center, though he’s adept at handling switching and is well suited for small-ball lineups. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called Looney “one of our foundational pieces.”

Khem Birch 

The Magic extended a qualifying offer to Birch, meaning he’ll become a restricted free agent Sunday at 6 p.m. The 26-year-old Birch, who posted 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game for Orlando in 2018-19, is a player who might be worth considering for the Sixers. He had strong advanced defensive statistics (102.7 defensive rating, plus-2.3 defensive box plus-minus) and didn’t have issues with turnovers or fouls, both of which were occasional problems for Jonah Bolden as a rookie.

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Kawhi Leonard could reportedly take free-agent visit with Sixers

Kawhi Leonard could reportedly take free-agent visit with Sixers

The 2019 NBA draft was pretty uneventful for Sixers fans.

They traded away pick No. 33 to make sure they got Washington’s Matisse Thybulle at pick No. 20. They also traded away pick No. 34 to Atlanta for No. 57 and two future seconds and No. 42 and Jonathon Simmons to Washington for cash considerations.

The most exciting thing that happened was during the draft broadcast. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said the Sixers “may very well” get a meeting with reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

This is … something. If there’s an opportunity to get into a meeting with Leonard, Elton Brand and company absolutely have to take it. Even if the Sixers let Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris walk, the core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Leonard is absolutely a championship contender. Really any team with Leonard is a championship contender.

Woj did mention that the Clippers and Raptors are “at the front of the line.” He almost mentioned that Knicks and the Nets could get meetings as well.

And that’s where it gets complicated. If the Sixers take a big swing and wait on Leonard to make a decision, Butler and Harris could take their talents elsewhere.

It’s a double-edged sword. You get a meeting with arguably the best player in the world, but you risk losing the opportunity to #RunItBack if you don't sign him.

Stay tuned, Sixers fans. This offseason could get weird.

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