With the NBA season potentially coming to an abrupt and unfortunate end, the NBA offseason seems to be fast approaching.

With that said, a staple of the NBA offseason is a free-agent movement. While this crop of looming free agents doesn’t have the biggest names, there are some gems that will be out there for the taking.

Here are five free agents the Sixers should pursue this offseason.

SG Evan Fournier

When assessing what free agents the Sixers should pursue this offseason, it’s important to keep in mind their needs. From my perspective, there are four glaring needs for the Sixers: shooting, a legitimate backup for Ben Simmons, a legitimate backup for Joel Embiid, and a solid four who can take backup minutes (sorry, Mike Scott hive). Shooting would obviously be addressed here with the current Orlando Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier. Fournier is set to become a free agent this summer but has a player option to return to the Magic.

If he chooses to walk, odds are he won’t be pursuing a situation where he isn’t getting starter minutes and starter money, so this is more of a hopeful selection. However, if Fournier is willing to become a sixth man (akin to what Brett Brown wanted to do with J.J. Redick) the Sixers offense becomes much more lethal.

SG Bogdan Bogdanovic

If the 76ers can’t land Evan Fournier, here could be a potential backup plan. Bogdanovic was a name being thrown around at the trade deadline this year as someone the Sixers could be pursuing, so why not pursue him in the offseason? Bogdanovic is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, which means his current team, the Sacramento Kings, have the right to match whatever deal he is offered and can retain him.

Bogdanovic is currently making $9 million and averaging 14.5 points per game in 28.5 minutes per game. If the Sixers could land him for around that money this offseason, he could easily fill the backup shooting guard role.

C Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein may not be a name that sets the world on fire, but he would follow the Sixers’ current offseason model with an additional twist. Let me explain. For the past few seasons, the Sixers’ formula for finding a backup for Joel Embiid has been grab a cheap, journeyman center and have him take backup minutes. Obviously, the addition of Al Horford has altered this model a bit, but the point stands because the Sixers added Kyle O’Quinn this past offseason.

Willie Cauley-Stein, on the other hand, is still young at 27 years old, cheap with a current cap hit of just over $2 million, and can play starter minutes if need be. Cauley-Stein also currently has a player option to return to the Dallas Mavericks but could test the free-agent market to see if he could garner more playing time and a more defined role.

PG Jeff Teague

Jeff Teague is a selection that includes the caveat of him taking less money but is a solid free agent nonetheless. Teague is currently making $17 million with the Atlanta Hawks, which was a salary dump from the Minnesota Timberwolves. If Teague would be willing to take a backup-level salary, that would be the backup point guard the Sixers desperately need.

Teague is an experienced vet, but still not over the hill at 32 years old. If he could give the Sixers about 20 minutes a night off the bench, a veteran floor general who can create shots like Teague is exactly what the Sixers need.

PF Jabari Parker

This may be the riskiest signing on the list. Parker hasn’t had the smoothest ride in the NBA, battling injuries his entire career. If – and that is a pretty substantial if – he can leave the injury bug in the past, Parker could be the type of power forward the Sixer’s need. A cheap, young, athletic four, who could give the Sixers 20 or so minutes in a controlled bench role is a perfect fit.

The upside to pursuing Parker this offseason would be the fact that the Sixers wouldn’t have to break the bank for him. It is unfortunate but because of his past injuries, there may not be a burgeoning market for Parker if he chooses not to pick up his player option next season.

I’ll end with a question to you the fan.
What free agents do you think the Sixes should pursue this offseason?

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