Report: Sixers, Matisse Thybulle don’t come to terms on contract extension
Before the NBA kicks off another season, the deadline for teams to offer rookie-scale extensions came and went. Despite having ongoing negotiations, the Sixers and Matisse Thybulle did not come to terms on a deal.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports was the first to report that the former first-round pick will enter restricted free agency next offseason.
To be clear, the Sixers can still keep Thybulle moving forward. As a restricted free agent, the team will have the opportunity to match any offer sheet he signs next summer.
In his first three seasons with the Sixers, the 25-year-old averaged 4.8 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.7 SPG, and 1.1 BPG. He has also received All-Defense nominations in each of the past two years.
Sixers made the right move to hold off on giving Matisse Thybulle an extension
During his Philly tenure, Matisse Thybulle has become a bit of a polarizing player. Many are amazed at what he can do on the defensive end but are left wanting more on the other side. Over the past three seasons, there have been minimal developments in his offensive game.
With how little he’s come along on that end, the Sixers made the smart move to hold off on an extension. Now, this season can be his final chance to prove that he can be a key piece of the supporting cast. One thing Thybulle has going for him is there was a lot of talk during training camp about the hard work he put in this offseason.
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If Thybulle can find a way to be impactful on offense, he instantly becomes one of the Sixers’ top role players. However, if he continues to stay the same, it will hinder how much of an impact he can have.
Because of what he does on defense, Thybulle is sure to get an array of enticing offers this upcoming offseason. The question is if he can improve his game enough for the Sixers to keep him moving forward.
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