Former Sixers big man signals possible return on Instagram with free-agency 48 hours away
Former Sixers center and Ben Simmons trade casualty Andre Drummond may be keen to return to Philadelphia. The free-agent posted an Instagram yesterday rocking a Phillies hat, sending the comments section into a tizzy to deduce his intentions.
A Phillies hat? Days before free agency opens? It’s pretty clear what’s happening here, folks.
Andre Drummond, welcome back to the Sixers.
The only possible conclusion a sane person could draw from this is that he will be signing here this Summer. Anything else is lies, delusion, or deliberate misinformation by Adam Silver’s cronies.
Sure, one could argue that Drummond was wearing the hat simply because it’s one of the better-looking ballcaps on the market. But that completely ignores a vital aspect of the situation: this is the NBA.
NBA players, coaches, and executives are some of the most dramatic individuals on the planet. It’s not bad – the league is better for it – but it’s the truth nonetheless.
Even if Drummond isn’t re-signing in Philly (which he absolutely is), he still knows exactly what he’s doing.
I’m by no means a salary cap wizard, I find basic math challenging to grasp, but I know the Sixers should try bringing Drummond back into the fold. He is the best backup Joel Embiid has ever had, and it was clear the team lacked that inside presence off the bench after Morey shipped him off to Brooklyn.
The deal was necessary, but Drummond has a chance to come back and pick up where he left off. Ideally, it will be with an all-around better roster after this crucial offseason.
His aggressiveness on the glass was something the Sixers missed during the playoffs. It would’ve been nice to have a guy with multiple 20-rebound games in a season get postseason minutes.
The move just makes sense. If they can make the money work, it should be a no-brainer.
“Having someone who can dominate the boards and at least take up space defensively when Embiid is out went a long way toward stabilizing those minutes. If Drummond will come back for the taxpayer midlevel (or some portion of it; his salary was only $2.4 million last season), the Sixers should try to make it happen.“Bleacher Report
Hopefully, Morey goes out and gets him. Otherwise, we’ll need Paul Reed or Charles Bassey to take the next step. Embiid can’t play 48 minutes a night.
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