Ideal Sixers Free Agent Target Now Reportedly More Available

The Philadelphia 76ers need to pounce on the free-agent opportunity that may have just become available.
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The Philadelphia 76ers have one of the most fascinating offseasons in the NBA awaiting them. They have more cap space than they know what to do with and basically a clean slate of a roster with Joel Embiid being the only rotation player under contract for next season. They need to re-sign their key players and fill out the rest of the roster to try and give Embiid and Tyrese Maxey an improved roster to contend for a championship.

With that goal in mind, free agency will play a huge part in the Sixers' offseason plans. Paul George has long been considered the No. 1 target in free agency for Philly. A trade for Jimmy Butler or signing OG Anunoby have been bandied about regularly.

There is one name, however, that has largely gone under-discussed. Klay Thompson, who is an unrestricted free agent this summer, is a potentially great fit with the Sixers. And the latest reporting by Anthony Slater of The Athletic suggests that he may be more gettable than initially thought.

According to Slater, the Golden State Warriors and Thompson haven't made any progress on a contract extension, opening the door for his departure. Considering the ample cap space and a chance at championship contention the Sixers have to offer, the sharpshooting veteran is a natural fit in Philadelphia.

"Thompson wants to win. Don’t expect him to chase the largest possible offer from the Detroit Pistons or Charlotte Hornets, even if that’s the correct financial or leverage move. But there are plenty of cap-space teams with a clearer upward path to contention than the Warriors. That includes the Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic."

Anthony Slater, The Athletic

The 34-year-old shooter is certainly not the player he once was before his injuries. His defense took a step back and he is not the dominant, efficient scorer he was in his younger days.

However, he is still a valuable basketball player with a ton of experience. He still instills a ton of fear into defenders with his elite shooting ability. He spaces the floor and makes everything so much easier for his teammates. How lethal the two-man actions involving Embiid and him can be is very exciting for Sixers fans.

This obviously depends on Thompson's price tag. He is obviously not going to get anything close to the $43.2 million he made in the 2023-24 season. If the Sixers can get him on a deal that pays him around $25 million per year for the next couple of seasons, that would be an excellent use of resources.

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