For what it’s worth, the 76ers certainly have a bright future. Stocked with talent, most of which are under 25-years-old, they have time to figure things out.
But make no mistake: they really do have a lot to figure out. Following the Raptors game 1 victory in the Eastern Semis, it served as a quick reminder that Philly may not be ready for a title run this season. Their culmination of talent is nice on paper but does not seem to be enough come playoff time.
Which is why they could look to add yet another piece this summer, in the form of two-way point guard, Mike Conley Jr.
(via Joe Mullinax of SB Nation’s Grizzly Bear Blues)
“Mike alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, plus one of Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris? That’s a pretty impressive crew. Now it means making a choice – Butler or Harris – more than likely, and perhaps Philadelphia would rather have them both than make a move for Mike. But Mike’s deal will expire in the summer of 2021, whereas a Harris or Butler deal would linger beyond that. With Conley, you’re saving money in the long run while still having a player of comparable impact to Butler and Harris in the building.”
It almost makes too much sense. Trading for Conley would take the spot of either Butler or Harris — but it would save money, and add a high-impact player to the roster.
If the Sixers lose badly in their matchup against Toronto, it might be the signal they need to tweak the roster. They could go in all sorts of directions, but there isn’t much that can go wrong by adding a guy like Conley, a borderline All-Stat who plays at a high level at both ends of the floor.
No doubt, it at least warrants some serious consideration.