Hey, Free Agents Actually Aren’t Against Coming to the Sixers Now

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Sam Hinkie’s major detractors would always point to his relationship (or lack thereof) with agents as a reason why he was a no-good, competition-hating imbecile. Now that he’s gone, and the Sixers added a #1 overall pick in Ben Simmons, the problem of not being able to lure desirable free agents who weren’t retired has-beens seeking a final paycheck – ELTON BRAND PLAYED FOR THE SIXERS LAST YEAR – is  apparently changing.

According to Sean Deveney at the Sporting News, agents are coming around to Philly as a free agent destination. Two “prominent” agents spoke anonymously to Deveney:

“By all indications, they’re going to be aggressive, and I think once you get past that first tier of free agents, you are going to have a perfect storm in Philadelphia that is going to make players want to go there… Brett Brown is a good coach. They’ve got money. They’ve got playing time available. I mean, it couldn’t be a more different situation than what we’re used to.”

So once the first tier is gone, FAs would love to come here. We’re not exactly the Bahamas or Cancun. It’s more like Key West. It’s not quite the top spot, but still pretty good.

But some people actually want to come here:

“I’ve got guys who tell me they want to going there,” the first agent told SN. “I mean, excited to go there. It’s a different approach.”

We don’t know what the FA outlook on Philly would be if Hinkie was still here with Ben Simmons, but we know what it is now, and it’s looking good, or at least… better.

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  • Robert Berry June 30, 2016 at 10:54 am

    It amazes me that how happy people in Philly are that the Sixers are turning into a 10 seed team.

    • Kyle Scott June 30, 2016 at 10:58 am

      They have a GLUT of lottery picks. They could be turning into a top 10 team.

      • PIZZA MIKE June 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

        Great a top ten team that can’t win a championship.
        Unless they can win a championship who gives a flying fuck!

      • Robert Berry June 30, 2016 at 11:52 am

        A top 10 team??? In the NBA you get past the top 5 teams and it’s nothing to write home about. I’d argue that the Trail Blazers are a top 10 team. Where are they going? Until you can compete with the Cavs, Warriors, Spurs and Thunder, your team isn’t much to sniff at.

      • Andy Schreiber June 30, 2016 at 4:38 pm

        I think Embiid will end up being the best player on this Sixers team, even better than Simmons.

        The Sixers are going to be really good in a couple years or so.

  • Faruq June 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Kyle: Jim, I’m getting bashed on my article, post something about the Sixers quickly…ANYTHING!

    Jim: Of Course, boss!

  • Once did a shot with the crossbow killer at out of whack jacks June 30, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Hope sixers Let it play out for another year before bryan billy kings a couple stiffs to max deals

  • Zach Berman's booster seat June 30, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Of course free agents want to come here. The Sixers have so much room under the cap as well as they need to hit the salary floor which they are currently $40 million under. They are going to severely overpay average free agents who 2 months in the season we all will wish were gone. Do we really want to trust a GM who picked Andrea Bargnani as the #1 overall pick instead of Lamarcus Aldridge?

    Still, until they get rid of Embiid this team will always be shit.

  • F Angelo June 30, 2016 at 11:17 am

    How cringe worthy was that interview Gargano did with “E” yesterday? Gargano is an embarrassment to himself and Philadelphia. Gushing like a little school girl. Total d-bag!

  • McGruff. June 30, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I don’t like the free agents…let’s go big. The Celts are shooting for KD. If that happens, we don’t get past the #4 seed until 2020. Offer up Oakafor, Landry our #1 next year and the Lakers pick for JAMES HARDEN
    If he’s not pinched for Robbing Little Moses. And uh….help take a bite out of crime.

    • hoagie June 30, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Harden can keep a team in a game, Whiteside can’t and B) people will pay to see Harden play, but Whiteside? Whiteside will probably get close to max money and it’s a contract his team will regret. He isn’t worth max money.

  • I loiter at delco wawas June 30, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Our city has better pu$$y than half of the other NBA cities. You ever been to Memphis or Atlanta and see the bridge trolls they call dimes?!?!?!?!?!

  • Big Daddy's Beach Chair June 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Anyone hanging at the OD tonight? Lemme know. 888 729 9494

  • Skippy June 30, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Sign sg Allan Crabbe and pg Jeremy Lin, and stay far far away from Harrison Barnes and Dion Waiters.

  • Huge Tool of Mitch fans June 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

    sure do miss general knowledge wednesday’s when MM is off

  • Matt Lombardo June 30, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Does anyone know how much Josh Innes weighs? I saw him in KFC the other day and he looks pretty big.

  • Sean brace June 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    What it be??? It’s your boy Sean brace!!!
    Whose coming to my spot pitchers pub dis weekend ? #murica

    • Pie face brace June 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      How’s your brother doing?

  • A.G. big daddy's little girl June 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    who’s getting silly tonight?

  • MCW's Hard Stops June 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    The Phillies swept the Diamondbacks by winning 9-8 in 10 innings yesterday. (Hard Stop)

    Reports say Dario Saric is coming to the Sixers next season from Turkey. (Hard Stop)

    Anthony wants to share beds with me down in Sea Isle this weekend. Baldy too. (Hard Stop)

    That’s what’s trending now on 97.5 The Fantatic

    • Robert Berry June 30, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      It does feel like she is just reading from a bullet point list. Considering 97.5 just did layoffs I was really impressed she is still with the company

  • MCW June 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Gargano wrote me into his contract. You don’t think I’m on air because of my talent do you?

  • BigShot June 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm


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