Final free agent list: 5 targets who make sense for Philadelphia 76ers

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Free agency is set to begin on Thursday night and the Philadelphia 76ers still need to make some moves in order to clear enough space to sign who they want–i.e., P.J. Tucker–but now is the time to take one more list of players who fit what the Sixers want to do ad build around Joel Embiid and James Harden.

The Sixers need players who are not afraid to pull the trigger on an open 3-ball, can provide quality depth on the wings, and they also have to come on the cheap. Philadelphia will be working with a tight budget as they only have certain exceptions they can offer to free agents and the biggest one–the nontaxpayer mid-level exception–will likely be offered to Tucker.

Therefore, Sixers Wire has put together a list of five players who look like they can fit with the Sixers want to do in the 2022-23 season and help contend for a title.

P.J. Tucker

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This is the obvious one as Embiid has made it known he would like a guy like Tucker in Philadelphia. He shot 41.5% from deep in the 2021-22 season and when playing next to a guy like James Harden, one needs to be locked and loaded from deep. Tucker was deadly from the corners as he shot 39% from deep at those spots which is in the 99th percentile per Cleaning the Glass. Tucker’s 3-point ability would be such a welcomed addition to Harden on the offensive end.

T.J. Warren

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Warren has played a grand total of four games over the previous two seasons combined due to a foot injury, but that makes him a prime candidate to sign a short deal in order to rebuild his resume for a bigger deal. He averages 15.5 points and shoots 35.7% from deep for his career and he has a microwave ability to get hot at any moment–see, 53 points against the Sixers in the bubble.

Wesley Matthews

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A 13-year veteran, Matthews is a proven 3-and-D player who is physical and tough enough to help a championship contender. He shoots 37.7% from deep for his career and he shot 40% from deep during the playoffs for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2022. The Sixers could be able to pry him away from the Bucks by using Harden who should make his life easier.

Andre Drummond

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This is another obvious should be target for Philadelphia. They were able to bring Drummond in on a veteran’s minimum deal in 2021 and he provided some really good production behind Embiid before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets in the Harden deal. He averaged 6.1 points and 8.8 rebounds off the bench for the Sixers, but the big question is whether he will accept a bench role again while still being 28 years old.

Otto Porter Jr.

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Porter Jr. is fresh off a title run with the Golden State Warriors and he has built his reputation on being a 3-and-D player in his career. He shoots 39.8% from deep for his career–a career-high 44.1% in the 2018-18 season–and he shot 40.4% from deep off Golden State’s bench in the playoffs. He is likely to remain with the Warriors, but the Sixers do offer a lot in both Harden and Embiid that should excited Porter Jr.

Who will the Sixers grab in free agency?

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