Georges Niang discussed free agency, playing in Philly, and Sixers’ head coach Nick Nurse on ESPN’s Hoops Collective podcast
Outside of James Harden, the Philadelphia 76ers have several other key players from last season set to hit free agency this summer.
Sixers 2023 Free Agents
- Montrezl Harrell (Player Option)
- Jalen McDaniels
- Georges Niang (Early Bird Rights)
- Shake Milton
- Paul Reed
- Dewayne Dedmon
- Mac McClung, Louis King
Georges Niang joined ESPN’s Hoop Collective podcast and shared his thoughts on free agency and the Sixers’ new head coach Nick Nurse.
Georges Niang on Free Agency
“Basically joining a team where I continue to be valued, where they believe in me and that I can help the team,” he said. “And continue to grow into a role that eventually leads to winning, right? People talk about this and that, but you want to go to a workplace where you’re valued and you enjoy going to work every day.”
“As much as people think 82 games fly by, it’s a long fricking season. … So somewhere where I’m valued, somewhere where I can continue to grow and help the team with my abilities. And being in an environment where it’s enjoyable and we can win.”
Georges Niang on Nick Nurse
“Bringing in a guy that’s a basketball savant, he knows how to junk up games, he knows how to draw (after-timeout plays), run offenses, junk defenses, how to play defense,” Niang said. “He’s done a great job. His Toronto teams were always tough to guard and they were always tough to score against. So I was extremely pleased to see that they hired him and that they’re moving in that direction. Obviously, it was unfortunate what happened with (former head coach Doc Rivers), but that happens in the league all the time, right? There’s expectation and when that’s not met, teams shift.”
“So it’s exciting. I don’t know what’s going to happen in free agency. I love being in Philadelphia; I love the organization. And having Nick Nurse there, he values smart players and I feel like I kind of fit that realm. I’d be excited to play for him if that opportunity presented itself.”
My brain isn’t ready to talk Sixers basketball again after the playoff this season but since I’m writing about it already, the only free agent players that should return next season are Paul Reed and Jalen McDaniels. If you want to add Niang to that list, go right ahead.
We’ll see how it all shakes out later this month.
Free agency is scheduled to officially begin on June 30th at 6PM EST.