Philadelphia 76ers: How many roster spots are actually up for grabs?

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With NBA free agency set to open up tomorrow, exactly how many of the Philadelphia 76ers 15 roster spots does the team need to fill?

Of all the factors that could prevent the Philadelphia 76ers from being major players in 2018 NBA free agency, one that is often overlooked, but could still play a major role in how the team decides to tackle the open market tomorrow is roster spots.

Or should I say I lack thereof?

Going into the offseason, Philly had roughly nine of their 15 roster spots more or less locked in for next season, with incumbent starters Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid all set to return, as well as role players like Richaun Holmes, T.J. McConnell, Justin Anderson, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Jerryd Bayless, and Furkan Korkmaz all still under contract.

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And then the team decided to be big spenders in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Though the team did enter the night with five draft picks, many assumed that these picks would be wheeled and dealed all over the board, resulting in maybe one or two players actually joining the team, however, after grabbing Zhaire Smith at 16 and Landry Shamet 10 picks later at 26, the team traded up at the end of the draft to select Shake Milton 54th overall and if social media is of any indication, it looks like the 6-foot-6 combo guard has a legit chance to make the roster.

Add 2017 Australian second-round pick Jonah Bolden into the fray and the roster presently sits at 14 with $30 million to play with in free agency.

That could get irresponsible real quick.

With all signs pointing to the team resigning J.J. Redick to a medium-term deal after a stellar 2017-2018 campaign, Philly technically doesn’t have a single roster spot up for grabs as the team is currently constructed.

That’s obviously going to change.

With Bayless all but out the door after only appearing in 39 games for the Sixers last year, Philly should still be able to add at least one marquee player to their roster without majorly disrupting how it currently is constructed, with seemingly more moves on the way to help adjust the position parody.

With five point guards currently on the roster, could a player like McConnell become expendable and find himself moved to a different team in exchange for a young upside big man with 3-point shooting potential like, say, T.J. Leif? Or how about that Kawhi Leonard trade everyone’s kicking around that involves Covington, Saric, and a slew of other assets making their way to San Antonio?

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While only time will tell exactly how Brett Brown decides to use their exorbitant cap space, it appears as though the Philadelphia 76ers won’t be adding too many additional players to their roster as it presently stands.