3 Free Agent Centers the 76ers Can Sign Following Joel Embiid Injury News

The Philadelphia 76ers will be without Joel Embiid for an extended period so they must pivot and add depth to the frontcourt.

Apr 22, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Montrezl Harrell (5) warms up
Apr 22, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Montrezl Harrell (5) warms up / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Derrick Favors

Favors last played in the NBA during the 2021-22 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Georgia Tech product is a solid player in the frontcourt and has certain old-school aspects to his game. Favors can finish through contact in the paint and fights on the glass consistently.

He has a smooth mid-range jumper and can space the floor for his teammates. He is slow-footed which gives him trouble on the defensive end. Despite that, Favors plays the game hard and will make the opposing big man work for his buckets.

The 2010 third-overall pick has career averages of 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and shoots 53% from the field. Even though he hasn't played in the NBA in over a year, Favors could provide a boost on the offensive end.

3. Montrezl Harrell

Harrell is the ultimate spark plug in the frontcourt. The Louisville product was a part of the 76ers roster during the 2022-23 campaign. Harrell has such a high motor and is a terrific finisher around the rim.

The 30-year-old may be 6-foot-7 but he has a 7'4 wingspan. Harrell runs the floor extremely well and has a knack for creating easy scoring opportunities around the basket. He also fights on the offensive glass to generate second chances.

Additionally, Harrell excels in pick-and-roll situations as both a screener and scorer. The 2015 second-round pick logs 12.1 points, five rebounds, and makes 61% of his shots from the field in nine seasons. He averaged double-digit points from 2017-2022.

No one can replace Embiid's presence but Harrell could definitely help on the offensive side.

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