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Sixers officially add JJ Redick, Wilson Chandler

Sixers officially add JJ Redick, Wilson Chandler

The Sixers officially announced some of their offseason moves Friday.

As was previously reported, JJ Redick has re-signed with the Sixers, while the team has acquired Wilson Chandler, a 2021 second-round pick and the right to swap 2022 second-rounders in a trade with the Nuggets. The Sixers reportedly sent minimal cash considerations to Denver for Chandler and the draft considerations.

The Sixers also announced the trade that was reported the night prior to the June 21 draft. This was the deal in which the team sent the rights to Isaac Bonga (No. 39 overall) to the Lakers for the Bulls' 2019 second-round selection (via the Lakers) and cash considerations.

However, the Sixers had no announcement on the reported Nemanja Bjelica acquisition as well as the reported Amir Johnson re-signing, which we'll get more into below:

• Redick, who made $23 million last season, reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for between $12-13 million. The Sixers did not disclose any details of the deal. The 34-year-old guard posted a career-high 17.1 points per game and shot 42 percent from three-point range in 2017-18. 

“Our ability to retain JJ is big for us and his obvious shooting skills are only a part of his importance to our team,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said in a release by the team Friday. “His leadership and professionalism add to the overall special package that he brings to our team, and all of this makes him incredibly valuable. Our ability to maintain continuity will strengthen the team’s continued growth and certainly puts us in better shape as the season begins.”

• Like Redick, Johnson will reportedly take a substantial pay cut. After making $11 million last season, Johnson will reportedly sign a one-year, veteran minimum ($2.4 million) contract. The winner of the NBA’s Hustle Award, Johnson averaged 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season backing up Joel Embiid. Brown values his defense and veteran presence. The Sixers did not have any word regarding Johnson.

• And the same goes for Bjelica, who the Sixers will reportedly add using the room mid-level exception (one year, $4.4 million). With his outside shooting prowess, the Sixers will look to Bjelica to fill many of the roles the departing Ersan Ilyasova played. The 6-foot-10 Bjelica, who posted 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounders per contest for the Timberwolves last season, shot a career-best 41.5 percent from long range.

• Chandler, an 11-year veteran, should provide some of the athleticism and ability to create his own shot the Sixers were missing from their wing players off the bench in 2017-18. For his career, Chandler is a slightly below-average three-pointer shooter at 34.1 percent. He’s started 447 of 590 games in the NBA. Last season, he posted 10 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. The Sixers absorbed Chandler’s $12.8 million salary.

"This team is built to compete for a ring, and I look forward to helping them achieve that goal," Chandler said in the release. "I know how passionate the city is about basketball, and I can’t wait to suit up and play for the 76ers and their fans."

With the signings of first-round picks Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet, the Sixers’ roster will be at 17 players once the Bjelica and Johnson signings become official. Second-round selection Shake Milton, who will miss summer league with a stress fracture in his back, has yet to be signed and draft-and-stash Jonah Bolden said he plans on playing for the Sixers in 2018-19.

The Sixers will have to trim their roster down to 15 players or fewer by the start of the season. 

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If Kawhi Leonard trade doesn't happen, what's next for Sixers?

If Kawhi Leonard trade doesn't happen, what's next for Sixers?

The Sixers swung and missed in their pursuit of LeBron James.

Sure, he gave them a meeting — that he didn’t bother to show up for — but it appears the King was never serious about settling his throne in Philadelphia.

So now what? The Kawhi Leonard trade talks are still alive and well, but what if the Spurs’ asking price is too rich? What do Brett Brown and company do if Plans A and B don’t work?

There’s no doubt Sunday’s decision by James was disappointing, but now it’s time for the Sixers to pick up the pieces. Here are their best options barring a Leonard deal.

Re-sign JJ Redick (done)

This always seemed like the move if the Sixers struck out on James. Redick even acknowledged that he thought the Sixers should take their shot with James, even if it meant the 34-year-old sharpshooter couldn’t return.

Redick already has an amazing rapport with the current roster. He’s a great influence on the team’s young locker room. On top of that, Redick enjoyed one of his finest NBA seasons in 2017-18. The 12-year veteran averaged a career-high 17.1 points per game and shot 42 percent from three on a career-high 6.6 attempts a night.

Given how much cap flexibility the Sixers have and how much Redick enjoyed his time here, this was a no-brainer. Redick is back on a one-year deal.

Bolster the bench

There won’t be a lot of sexy names on this list, but there are players who can help the Sixers. The bench was abysmal last season before Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova arrived. Both players are gone, but that may not be such a bad thing. Both were exposed by the Celtics for their lack of athleticism, especially on the defensive end.

Chester native Tyreke Evans has to be an option. Evans is coming off a career year with a horrendous Memphis Grizzlies team. Evans scored 19.4 points a game, his highest mark since his Rookie of the Year season back in 2009-10. He also shot over 40 percent from three for the first time in his career. Defense isn’t his strong suit, but he’ll provide more athletically than Belinelli as a bench wing. Evans is reportedly meeting with the Lakers after already meeting with the Thunder — though both teams may have a tough time making the money work. (UPDATE: Evans has signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the Pacers, per Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania).

Staying on the local front, Wynnewood native Wayne Ellington could be on the Sixers' radar. Ellington is a shooter, plain and simple. He shot 39 percent on a ridiculous 7.5 attempts from distance last season. He's also excellent coming off screens and could give the Sixers a similar look to Redick off the bench. He's not a liability defensively and would represent an upgrade from Belinelli in that regard. The Heat would probably like to retain Ellington's services.

If you’re looking for defense, Avery Bradley is your guy. Bradley had a tough year. After being traded by the Celtics for cap reasons, Bradley toiled away with the Pistons before being shipped to the Clippers in the Blake Griffin deal. He suffered a sports hernia injury just six games into his time in L.A. which ended his season. Bradley is one of the best defensive guards in the entire league. He’s also an improved shooter. He’s a natural fit. The Warriors and Grizzlies are reportedly interested in Bradley. (UPDATE: Bradley has signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Clippers, per Charania).

There’s also Seth Curry. No, he’s not Steph, but he’s a great shooter in his own right. The younger Curry brother missed all of last season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his leg. Before that, he shot 43 percent from three in 114 games with Dallas the last two seasons. Defense will be an issue and he may not be a great fit next to T.J. McConnell off the bench, but he’d certainly help with spacing issues. (UPDATE: Curry has signed a two-year, $5.6 million deal with the Trail Blazers, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski).

Then there’s our old friend Luc Mbah a Moute, who became a solid contributor for the Rockets. Mbah a Moute is what he is: a versatile player and solid defender. He has improved his jumper, shooting 36 percent from three last season. Defensively, he'd be a significant upgrade over Ilyasova and has experience playing a small-ball five at times with Houston. 

Last but not least is restricted free agent Jabari Parker. Parker is intriguing but may not be a fit for the Sixers. He's a combo forward who is better suited to play the four in today's NBA. With Dario Saric already in the fold, Parker would likely be a bench piece. Parker was the No. 2 overall pick back in 2014 but has had his career derailed by injuries. He has plenty of talent and will be an intriguing player to watch going forward if healthy. The Bucks have extended a qualifying offer, meaning they can match any deal. The market for Parker has yet to materialize so if the price is right, he might make sense.

See what you’ve got

The Sixers aimed high in free agency and it didn't work out, but now is not the time to panic. You missed because of geography, not your roster situation. 

You still have two cornerstones piece in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. There are plenty of question marks surrounding Markelle Fultz, but he was the No. 1 overall pick for a reason. You have to hope star trainer Drew Hanlen can rebuild Fultz’s jump shot and confidence. Then there’s Saric, who took a huge leap in Year 2. Robert Covington and McConnell are still solid contributors as well.

There are other intriguing pieces on the Sixers’ roster. Jonah Bolden could be making the trek from overseas. If he does, he provides outstanding athleticism and a hardnosed player off the bench with the ability to play the four and some small-ball five. His shot regressed a bit this season (31 percent from three), but it still has potential. 

The Sixers also need to sort out all of their young wings. Justin Anderson, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Furkan Korkmaz all have intriguing traits but none of them are sure things as contributors. 

Anderson brings a strong physical presence on the defensive end but his shot is inconsistent. After a strong end to his rookie season, Luwawu-Cabarrot struggled with injuries and inconsistencies last season. Korkmaz, too, had a lingering injury and still needs to get stronger for the NBA level. All three were first-round picks and it would be ideal if at least one of them realized their potential.

It's not ideal for the Sixers to go into next season with essentially the same roster, but they may not have a choice.

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What JJ Redick's return means for Sixers' cap space

What JJ Redick's return means for Sixers' cap space

In a move that seemed like a no-brainer after the Sixers missed on LeBron James, the team is reportedly bringing back guard JJ Redick.

Redick, 34, will get in the $12-13 million range, NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark confirmed. Last season, Redick earned $23 million from the Sixers on a one-year deal.

That savings should come in handy for the Sixers, who will be left with roughly $14 million in cap space after the Redick deal becomes official, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. The Sixers still have Jerryd Bayless’ contract at $8.5 million. Bayless is reportedly a buyout candidate. They could also look to trade the veteran guard or stretch out his deal, giving them cap savings this season. 

There are still players on the market that could help the Sixers. Guards Tyreke Evans, Wayne Ellington, Avery Bradley and Seth Curry are all still out there. Any of those players would represent an upgrade over the recently departed Marco Belinelli and could be signed with the team's remaining cap space or with the mid-level exception if another move is made. The Redick deal also doesn't preclude the Sixers from swinging a trade with the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

Redick didn’t make his desire to return to Philadelphia a secret. Even when he signed a one-year deal last offseason, he indicated that he was hoping it would be a longer stay. After a 52-win season and a first-round playoff victory, his feelings didn’t change.

“I don’t want to offend any of the other places I’ve been or teams I’ve been on, but this was probably my favorite year of my career,” Redick said during the team’s exit interviews back in May. “Playing in Philly is its own experience. Our fans, the city, the buzz about sports and about this team was amazing. I think I said this on media day, it’s the first time I’ll ever play in a real sports town. That definitely lived up to those thoughts. It was awesome to play in Philly.”

Redick, now entering his 13th year, is coming off one of his finest NBA seasons and provided leadership for the Sixers' young stars. The Duke product averaged a career-high 17.1 points per game and shot 42 percent from three on a career-high 6.6 attempts a night.

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