The Sixers took some major steps forward this year under new coach Doug Collins. Jrue Holiday emerged as an elite point guard, Elton Brand earned his salary and Evan Turner developed his game throughout the year.
After a quick exit at the hands of the Miami Big Three, the Sixers go into tonight’s NBA Lottery in a good spot — at home, not in Secaucus, N.J.
Looking forward to the 2011-2012 season, the Sixers won’t have much room to grow in free agency. First of all, there isn’t much talent. Last year had King James, D Wade, Chris Bosh (and that’s just who took their talents to South Beach).
This year features the likes of Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, Shane Battier and Andrei Kirilenko. These players could help the Sixers, but none will turn them into a contender.
The other reason free agency won’t help is the lack of money available. The Sixers already have about $54 million locked up next year (more than $30 million just to Brand and Andre Iguodala).
The way for the Sixers to make a huge jump next year is simple: Trade Iguodala. He’s never been a number one guy, and you have too much money invested in him. Trading him for some cap space and talent will put the Sixers in a good spot next summer to make that final step to being a contender.