The team has been quieter than many expected (so far).
We’re smack dab in the middle of the dog days of the NBA offseason, almost a month removed from the 2021 NBA Draft and about six weeks away from the start of training camp. Aside from rumors about unsigned vets and extra bodies brought into camp, there aren’t too many other moves to be made heading into the 2021-22 NBA season. How do you feel Daryl Morey and the front office have done since Atlanta pulled off the upset in round two of the 2021 NBA Playoffs?
(The obvious caveat being a 6-foot-11 Australian question mark hangs over the Philadelphia 76ers franchise right now. However, things have been quiet on the Ben Simmons trade front, and with Damian Lillard seemingly not looking to change his tune regarding a trade demand anytime soon, it looks more and more likely that the author of The Pass will still be in the City of Brotherly Love come October. Let’s gauge your sentiment about this offseason under that assumption, so if you feel like a trade not happening is a knock against, lower your grade accordingly.)
Here are the moves the front office has made since last month:
- Selected Jaden Springer with the 28th overall pick. Springer is extremely young and seen as more of a developmental prospect, but a player who represented terrific value that late in the first round. His defense looked as advertised during Summer League, while the offense was shaky, up until his 21-point effort in the team’s final game in Vegas.
- Selected Filip Petrusev with the 50th overall pick. Petrusev played some minutes in Vegas, before signing a one-year deal overseas with Anadolu Efes. We’ll see him again next summer.
- Acquired the 53rd overall pick for cash, then selected Charles Bassey with the pick. Bassey has still yet to sign with the team, with the two sides rumored to be disagreeing on the structure of a deal.
- Signed Andre Drummond to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal. Drummond is a direct replacement for Dwight Howard in the backup center role.
- Released George Hill, leaving $1.275 million in dead cap space on the books.
- Signed Georges Niang to a two-year, $6.7 million deal. Niang is viewed as an upgrade to Mike Scott in the backup stretch four role.
- Re-signed Danny Green to a two-year, $20 million deal, with the second year non-guaranteed. We were unsure whether Green would return, but the market of teams with cap space dried up, and the veteran wing is back on what represents a very team-friendly contract.
- Re-signed Furkan Korkmaz to a three-year, $15 million deal. The price appears right for three more years of Kork popping.
- The Sixers released Rayjon Tucker, and signed Aaron Henry and Grant Riller using their two-way spots.
Other housekeeping (or mansion-keeping in this case)
- Signed Joel Embiid to a four-year, $196 million supermax extension. Embiid is only the 8th NBA player to receive a supermax deal. The contract will keep him in Philadelphia through at least the 2025-26 season, with a $54.22 million player option for the 2026-27 season. Generally speaking, we are a pro-Joel blog, so we approve anything that keeps him around as long as possible.