Tucker, House Jr. Signings Check All Necessary Boxes for Sixers

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers came into free agency with some clear areas of weakness on the roster. They were in desperate need of toughness, defense and more 3-point shooting.

The team did a good job on Thursday night, the opening night of free agency, of addressing those weaknesses by signing P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. Both of those players provide an immediate infusion of toughness and defensive versatility to the roster.

Tucker, at 6-foot-5, has the versatility to defend forwards while also being able to play as a small-ball center on occasion. He might be small on paper, but he certainly does not play like it. He has a stout frame (245 pounds) while also having the ability to put himself in positions to succeed defensively. He is crafty and plays with a ton of toughness and energy, all things the Sixers have lacked in recent memory. The veteran forward also is not afraid of getting in your face and being an enforcer when necessary, as seen in the clip below from a postseason matchup when he was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2020-21 season.

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Sixers Release 2022 Summer League Roster Headlined By Some Familiar Names

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

Amidst all of the free agency buzz, the Philadelphia 76ers released the roster they will be using for both the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas summer leagues. The Salt Lake City Summer League begins in just four days and lasts through July 7 while the Las Vegas Summer League runs from July 7-17. The roster, on paper, looks stacked:

According to Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Sixers skill development coach Tyler Lashbrook will lead the Salt Lake City team and Dwayne Jones will lead the Las Vegas team.

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Sixers Sign G League MVP Trevelin Queen to Non-Guaranteed, Two-Year Contract

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

While a lot of the attention in the Delaware Valley was paid to the Philadelphia 76ers' signings of P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr., the team was not done making moves on the opening night of free agency. The Sixers came to an agreement on a non-guaranteed, two-year contract with Trevelin Queen.

Derek Bodner of The Daily Six newsletter was first to report the partial guarantee of $300k for the 2022-23 season.

Queen spent the last two years playing in the G League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. After a quiet first season, he exploded to win the G League MVP this past season. In 19 games for the Vipers, he averaged 25.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.2 steals and 1 block per game. He has a quick trigger from beyond the arc, launching 9.9 attempts per game last season and hitting them at a 33.5% clip.

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Sixers Agree to Two-Year Contract With Danuel House Jr.

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with Danuel House Jr.

Similarly to the P.J. Tucker signing the team also made once free agency began Thursday night, House was a member of the Houston Rockets earlier in his career. Tucker, House, James Harden and president of basketball operations Daryl Morey were all a part of the Rockets organization in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Sixers Expected to Finalize Three-Year Contract With Veteran P.J. Tucker

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

President of basketball operations Daryl Morey's desire for a reunion with P.J. Tucker, which was much discussed in the weeks leading up to free agency, has reportedly come to fruition. The Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a three-year, $33.2 million contract with the veteran forward, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The Sixers will be using the full non-taxpayer's mid-level exception, afforded to them by James Harden electing to opt out of his $47.4 million player option to take less money on a potential contract extension. This will result in the tax apron threshold, estimated at roughly $157 million, acting as a hard cap for the Sixers moving forward for the 2022-23 season.

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Reports: James Harden Opting Out of 2022-23 Player Option, Freeing Up Sixers for Free Agency Moves

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

According to multiple reports, Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden has decided to opt out of his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season. The Athletic's Shams Charania was first to report the news.

Harden is eligible to receive up to $46.5 million next season on a new contract for either the Sixers or another team. He can sign up to a five-year, $269.9 million deal with the Sixers or a four-year, $200.1 million deal with another team. According to Charania, Harden "intends to return on a contract in free agency that gives the team financial flexibility to bolster the roster." Harden opting out and taking less money on a presumed contract extension vastly opens things up for the Sixers heading into free agency.

One important thing to note moving forward regarding the salary cap is the reports from earlier Wednesday afternoon of a projected raise in the NBA's salary cap for the 2022-23 season. Previous projections had the salary cap being at $122 million and, for the Sixers' purposes, the apron threshold at roughly $155 million. The reported salary cap raise will move those numbers to $123.655 million for the salary cap and $156.983 million for the tax apron threshold, according to Spotrac's Keith Smith. This will also raise the value of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception (NTMLE) to $10.49 million. All of those numbers are projections, the NBA will send out the official salary cap numbers for next season at some point before Thursday's 6 p.m. start of free agency.

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The Sixers' Draft-Night Trade Was a Good Start. How Much Flexibility Does the Team Have Heading Into Free Agency?

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers were bounced out of the playoffs in the second round in what has become a familiar occurrence in recent team history. Many of the team's weaknesses were exposed, leaving president of basketball operations Daryl Morey with a sizable laundry list of things to improve throughout the roster.

However, the Sixers came into the offseason with their options very limited by the salary cap, effectively leaving Morey not much wiggle room to make any significant moves to the roster.

Despite not having many avenues for improvement this offseason, the team came away from the NBA Draft, the first major event of the offseason, with an acquisition who can help them win now. The team pulled the trigger on a draft-night trade bringing Memphis Grizzlies' reserve guard De'Anthony Melton to Philadelphia.

Melton is a scrappy guard who, while being undersized at 6-foot-2, is capable of defending either guard position while also providing solid 3-point shooting (37.4% on 5.1 attempts per game last season). The 24-year-old is owed $8.25 million for the upcoming season and $8 million for the 2023-24 season. Only $1.5 million of his 2023-24 salary is guaranteed, although there is likely no chance the team will waive him.

Acquiring Melton cost the Sixers veteran wing player Danny Green, whose $10 million salary for next season was non-guaranteed, and the No. 23 overall pick in the NBA Draft (which turned into David Roddy). The move will certainly help improve the Sixers' roster, but it is just a good start and more improvements are still needed, especially at the wing positions.

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Sixers End Draft Night With Signing of Champagnie to 2-Way Contract

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

The headline move of the night for the Philadelphia 76ers was their trade sending the No. 23 pick (which turned into David Roddy) and Danny Green to the Memphis Grizzlies for De'Anthony Melton. However, that was not the team's only move on draft night.

According to Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice, the Sixers signed St. John's forward Julian Champagnie to a two-way contract.

Champagnie played three years at St. John's, where he averaged 19.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game as a junior last season. He is a high-volume 3-point shooter, although he had limited success in that department. Over his last two seasons at St. John's, he took 6.3 attempts per game from 3-point range and knocked them down at a 35.6% clip. He has the ability to shoot coming around screens, off the dribble and in catch-and-shoot situations, but he will need to improve his efficiency in order for his outside shooting to truly be a threat at the NBA level.

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Sixers Trade No. 23 Overall Pick, Danny Green to Grizzlies for De'Anthony Melton

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers, after much speculation in recent days, pulled the trigger on a trade on draft night. The team, according to multiple reports, acquired guard De'Anthony Melton from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the No. 23 overall pick (David Roddy) in the NBA Draft and veteran wing Danny Green.

Melton played a key reserve role off the bench for the Grizzlies last season. In 22.7 minutes per game, he averaged 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals while shooting 37.4% from 3-point range on 5.1 attempts per game. He is a proven outside shooter, connecting on 38.8% of his 3-pointers over his last two seasons.

He is also known for being a solid defender who plays with physicality and, despite being listed at just 6-foot-2, is capable of guarding multiple positions. He has a 6-foot-8 wingspan which, when combined with his defensive intensity, allows him to play bigger than his size would indicate.

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As the Draft Approaches, Thybulle Trade Rumors Grow and Reports Link Sixers to P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers have many holes to fill this offseason. Wing depth and an infusion of toughness are among the most pressing issues to correct for an organization which has failed to make it past the second round of the playoffs thus far in superstar Joel Embiid's career. The NBA Draft, the first chance for the Sixers to improve their roster this offseason, is finally here. It kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m.

President of basketball operations Daryl Morey, who was general manager of the Houston Rockets for 13 seasons from 2007-2020, might be going back to his old stomping ground in an attempt to propel the Sixers' roster into championship contention. Multiple reports in recent days have connected the Sixers with both P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon, two players who were in Houston for part of Morey's tenure there.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported on Tuesday that Gordon would be available in trade talks and the Sixers, along with the Phoenix Suns, are the two teams most heavily interested in acquiring him.

Gordon would immediately bring a much needed scoring boost to the Sixers' bench unit. He is coming off one of the most efficient shooting seasons of his career. His points per game (13.4) might have dropped but he shot a career-high 47.5% from the field while also knocking down 41.2% of his attempts from 3-point range. He has had some trouble staying healthy in recent seasons, but he can still put up solid numbers when healthy. However, his $19.5 million cap hit next season (he is under contract for two more years with the final year being totally non-guaranteed) would make it difficult for the team to match salary in order to complete the trade.

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