Sixers lose three key bench players in NBA free agency
The Sixers have now lost three key bench players as NBA Free Agency is officially underway.
Georges Niang: Cleveland Cavaliers // 3-year $26 million
Niang agreed on a three-year $26 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending two seasons with the Sixers.
Off the bench last season, he averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 40.1% from beyond the arc. Across two seasons with the Sixers, Niang shot 40.2% from three point range, averaging 8.7 points per game.
Shake Milton: Minnesota Timberwolves // 2-year $10 million
Milton spent his entire 5-year career with the Philadelphia 76ers and averaged 8.4 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game last season while shooting 37.8% from three point range.
Jalen McDaniels: Toronto Raptors // 2-year $9.3 million
Daryl Morey and the Sixers traded Matisse Thybulle and what ended up being the 34th pick in this year’s NBA Draft in order to land Jalen McDaniels from the Charlotte Hornets in a three team trade with Portland.
Thybulle, who was once considered “untouchable” by the Sixers organization, was traded for a player that played 24 games in Philadelphia and made zero playoff contributions.
Let that one sink in.
The Sixers will now be without the following players that were on the roster at the end of last season.
- James Harden (Trade Expected)
- Shake Milton
- Georges Niang
- Jalen McDaniels
- Dewayne Deadmon
- Montrezl Harrell
Needless to say, Daryl Morey and the rest of the front office has a ton of work to do. It’s not even that I’m mad about any of the players leaving and I definitely didn’t want to “run it back” with the same roster.
It’s really the fact that we’re in this situation again, attempting to rebuild a roster around Joel Embiid and presumably, Tyrese Maxey.
Lord help us.