The Sixers have a lot of cap space.
Sam Hinkie opened up more than $46 million in actual cap space, and as a result the squad is more than $79 million below the luxury tax. Those numbers mean a lot — but mostly they mean Philly has money to spend.
And even though, after Kevin Durant (who they have no shot at getting) the free agent class is slim pickings, Bryan Colangelo and company are likely to spend some money when the offseason officially begins next week.
According to ESPNs Mark Stein, NBA Finals runner-up Golden State will be a key player in the Durant sweepstakes. And they'll need some cash. Harrison Barnes — who's publicly said he wants to remain in Oakland (who wouldn't?) might be a casualty as they look to make room for K.D. And the Sixers are one of the biggest suitors for the 24-year-old.
"The Warriors would have to shed Barnes if they're fortunate enough to win the Durant Sweepstakes; Barnes has made it clear he hopes to stay," Stein tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
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The shooting ability Barnes displays is a major draw for the Sixers, who are looking to flank first pick Ben Simmons with complimentary players.
Stein also tweeted: "The Sixers plan to be serious suitors for Golden State restricted free agent Harrison Barnes at the start of free agency, league sources say."
Barnes is heading to Rio to play for the USA Olympic team, and could become a face of the franchise in Philly. His numbers would explode, as one of two primary scorers on the team and it could prove to be a worthwhile career move for the UNC alum.
Allen Iverson, elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame this year, recently told Metro that accumulating veterans is very important for the development of youngsters like Simmons, Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.
"We have the young talent that we need," Iverson said. "Sprinkle some older guys in there, guys like myself and we'll be alright. And hopefully some free agents that have been there, who have been around a while will show these young guys how to do it."
Leaving Golden State could also be a dreadful career move, and he could prove to be an overvalued member of a really good team and a bad investment for Philly.
For Barnes, it might not be up to him. The ball appears to be in Golden State's court.