Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown feels the Sixers "need help," preferably from a "high-level" free agent, in order to compete for a championship in earnest. Their front office reportedly plans to be aggressive on that front this summer.
On top of a plan to try and sign impending free agent LeBron James, the Sixers have shown interest in free-agent swingman Paul George and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, sources told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Obviously, the Sixers would not be able to acquire all three - at least not while keeping any semblance of their current core intact - and even squeezing two of them in would take some significant cap gymnastics. But casting a wide net is the best way to ensure they snare at least one big fish.
In the case of Leonard, who still has a year left on his contract, the Sixers would have to put together a trade package the Spurs consider acceptable, and would likely also need some sort of assurance that Leonard would be open to re-signing in Philadelphia in 2019.
With only $70 million in guaranteed money on the books for next season, the Sixers can open up over $30 million in cap space just by relinquishing J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson. If they can work out a trade for Leonard with offsetting salaries, they could still have room for a max deal for James or George.