Three questions facing 76ers this offseason, including James Harden's contract, Tyrese Maxey's development

After another frustrating postseason exit, the Philadelphia 76ers went into the offseason filled with unpredictability. As has actually ended up being popular, the Sixers have a huge selection of concerns that require to be addressed over the summertime, and there are really couple of simple responses. The right choices might possibly press the Sixers up and over the 2nd round-shaped hill that they have actually been stuck on, however the incorrect relocations might set the group back huge time. 

With that stated, here’s a take a look at 3 of the most important concerns dealing with Philadelphia over the offseason.

What they’re going to do concerning James Harden’s future with the franchise is the most important concern dealing with the Sixers over the offseason. Harden, 32, has a $47 million gamer alternative for next season that he might get, and he’s likewise qualified for a beast max extension this offseason. So, there are a couple of various methods the circumstance might go.

The Sixers might sign Harden to an extension, either max or otherwise. Or Harden might decide into the gamer alternative for next season, and after that fret about a brand-new agreement next summertime. Lastly, the group might just leave Harden if he rejects the gamer alternative, as they do not have any sort of a long-lasting dedication to him at this time. That appears really not likely though. When the Sixers traded for Harden in February, the strategy was to keep him in a Sixers consistent long-lasting, which hasn’t altered according to Daryl Morey. 

“That’s the plan is to have him back. That’s been the plan since the trade,” Morey stated of Harden following Philadelphia’s postseason loss to Miami. “Obviously, we have to work with his representation and that’ll be between us to figure out how that works… He’s an incredibly talented player just like Joel [Embiid], just like Tobias [Harris], and I’m excited for Doc [Rivers] and his staff to have a whole offseason, work with the players, and come up with the best plan for the roster.” 

Now, the concern becomes what type of monetary arrangement will Harden and the Sixers pertained to. The best-case situation for the Sixers, most likely, would be if Harden just decided into his gamer alternative for the ’22-23 season, and postponed a prospective extension till next offseason. That method, the Sixers might see how Harden looks physically after a whole offseason of training. After all, Harden was handling a hamstring injury last offseason, so he undoubtedly didn’t get as much of a chance to train as he would have liked.

Plus, because situation, the Sixers would have a bigger sample size to evaluate how well Harden fits along with Embiid. If the company likes what it sees after next season, it might decide to extend Harden at that point. Harden, nevertheless, will likely desire the included monetary security that would include an extension, so the 2 sides may ultimately wind up conference someplace in the middle. 

What the Sixers eventually choose to do with Harden will go a long method towards forming the group next season, and beyond.  

2. How far better will Tyrese Maxey get?

In the period of a single season, Tyrese Maxey went from an appealing possibility to a core foundation for the Sixers. Thanks to increased on-court chance due to Ben Simmons’ holdout from the group, Maxey made a huge leap from his novice to sophomore season, and his enhancement was a discovery of sorts for the Sixers, who now see the springy guard as a fundamental piece.

In his 2nd season, Maxey increased his scoring from 8.0 points per video game as a novice to 17.5, and he more than doubled his helps (4.3 per video game last season compared to 2.0 throughout his novice project). Most remarkable, nevertheless, was the dive he made as a shooter. After shooting simply 30 percent from 3-point variety as a novice on 1.7 efforts per video game, Maxey linked on 42 percent of his efforts last season while taking 4.1 per video game. That mark benefited 3rd in the whole NBA, behind just Luke Kennard and Desmond Bane.

Maxey showed skilled at tearing down long-range shots both off of the dribble and in catch-and-shoot circumstances. That kind of shooting flexibility is important in today’s NBA, and specifically so along with a gamer that draws as much attention as Embiid does. 

Maxey’s advancement was among the most favorable elements of Philadelphia’s ’21-22 project, and a huge part of the factor that the group had the ability to have the [relative] success that it did. His enhancement wasn’t a coincidence, as he is a very difficult employee, as any of his colleagues or coaches will rapidly inform you. 

The concern, then, is just how much more can Maxey enhance from his 2nd to his 3rd season? Given how important he has actually ended up being to the Sixers, his ongoing advancement, or absence thereof, will have a direct effect on the group’s trajectory. His favorable development is specifically essential when you think about that the Sixers are restricted economically in regards to enhancing the lineup around Embiid. Thus, some enhancement is going to need to come internally, which begins with Maxey. If he can continue to raise his ceiling as a gamer, Philadelphia’s ceiling as a group will likewise increase.

Heading into his 4th season in the league, Matisse Thybulle, 25, is qualified for an extension from the Sixers, however will he get one? Thybulle has actually developed himself as one of the league’s much better border protectors — he was just recently called to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2nd straight season. However, he has actually revealed little offending advancement considering that he was prepared, specifically when it pertains to spacing the flooring with his shot. 

As an outcome, he can end up being a liability on the offending end, specifically throughout postseason play. Additionally, his choice not to get totally immunized versus COVID-19 required him to miss out on 3 video games versus the Raptors in Toronto in the preliminary. That choice most likely didn’t assist his standing within the company.  

So, would the Sixers trade him? The ambiance I’ve received from the company is that practically anything is on the table over the offseason, so while they may not actively be shopping Thybulle, they would definitely amuse deals, a minimum of. The group would need to hesitate about a prospective offer, however, as Thybulle is the only trustworthy border protector on their lineup as presently built. 

If the Sixers do not always wish to trade Thybille, however likewise aren’t all set to dedicate to him long-lasting, they might postpone an extension and see how the ’22-23 season goes. After that, Thybulle would end up being a limited totally free representative and the Sixers would then have a chance to match any outdoors deals.



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