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Philadelphia 76ers Below Minimum Salary
Posted By Eric Pincus On July 22, 2013 @ 9:49 pm In Headlines,NBA,NBA Headlines | No Comments
The Philadelphia 76ers are going to need to spend some more money — they’re well below the league’s minimum team salary for the season of $52.8 million.
Currently the Sixers have just $39.6 million in salaries on their books. Eventually they’ll sign draft picks Nerlens Noel (6th, acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans) and Michael Carter-Williams (11th) — pushing the total to $45 million.
Even then, the Sixers would still find themselves about $8 million short. If they don’t spend it, that shortfall will be given to the players on the Philadelphia roster as a bonus.
The Sixers may still look to sign second-rounders Arsalan Kazemi (54th) and recently acquired Furkan Aldemir (53rd pick from 2012). Aldemir joined the Sixers as part of the Royce White trade with the Houston Rockets.
Philadelphia has seemingly embraced the rebuilding process, trading All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday while staying out of the summer’s free agent chase. The team should be awful enough this season to compete for a top lottery pick in 2014 when players like Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart and Dante Exum are expected to join the NBA.
The Sixers wouldn’t want veterans to help win games. Instead, they might be a candidate to make a Jazz-type deal that landed Andris Biedrins and Richards Jefferson in Utah, along with draft picks to help the Golden State Warriors improve their cap situation. Utah’s prize was the picks. Biedrins and Jefferson were an afterthought.
Ultimately the Sixers are going to have to spend that $8 million — be it through trade or free agency. Acquiring future considerations may make a lot more sense than overpaying a free agent.
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