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Contrary to Popular Opinion, the Sky Is Not Falling for the Sixers

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When it became official that LeBron James was signing with the Los Angeles Lakers and that the Spurs’ reported asking price for Kawhi Leonard may as well include the Liberty Bell, it is easy to feel that arguably the most promising offseason in team history may go bust.

That could not be farther from the truth. Contrary to popular opinion, the sky is NOT falling for the Sixers.

The Sixers already possess the best young core in all of basketball with Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and Ben Simmons. If Markelle Fultz’s work with Drew Hanlen pays off, he can be added with those three premier talents.

Speaking of Embiid and Simmons, this will be their first offseason in which either player will not be recovering from a major injury. Simmons dealt with a foot injury that cost him the 2016-2017 season, while Embiid suffered a knee injury that cut his rookie season short.

The fact that both players can 100 % focus on improving their games, instead of rehabbing from an injury, is going to be huge for the All-Star and reigning Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, the team low-key resigned J.J. Reddick to a modest one-year, $12-13 million contract, retaining one of the best role players in the NBA. Despite losing Mario Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova, the team still has room to add talented replacements via free agency.

It’s also important to note that the Sixers will have approximately $75 million in salary cap space for next offseason, allowing them to potentially sign two players to a max-deal or acquire several large salaries via trade. Here are some of the available free agents next season:

Kyrie Irving

Kawhi Leonard

Kemba Walker

Klay Thompson

Kevin Love

Jimmy Butler

Having a combination of two of those players still tops having an aging Lebron.

In short, the Sixers still have a tremendous situation and barring a disaster, are poised to take over the NBA when the Warriors run (which could end after this season if Thompson leaves and DeMarcus Cousins’ Achilles injury proves career-dampening).

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