A few weeks ago, the Utah Jazz offered Philadelphia 76ers RFA Paul Reed a three-year deal worth $23 million.
In less than 24 hours, the Sixers matched the offer sheet and kept Reed.

One eye-opening clause in the contract was proposed by Utah’s president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge. The deal requires Philadelphia to guarantee Reed’s last two years if the team reaches the second round of the playoffs in the 2023–24 NBA season.

It seems Ainge intended to offer a contract that would backfire on Philadelphia if they re-signed Reed. The reason: Philadelphia has lost in the second round in four of the last five seasons. Additionally, retaining Reed forced the organization to exceed the luxury tax. As a result, the team faces a $14 million penalty.

In an interview with The John Kincade Show, Reed stated about Utah:

“I’m glad [Philadelphia] was able to match the offer. That’s not a place that I had in mind, but business is business.”

At the end of the day, Reed will be a Sixer for the foreseeable future. 

This past season, Reed averaged 11.8 points and 11.5 rebounds in four starts out of his 69 total games played.

Undoubtedly, BBall Paul ignited the squad with his high energy and sparks coming off the bench.

After losing Shake Milton and Georges Niang this off-season, it was a priority for the Sixers to bring back Paul Reed, despite the hefty price tag.

He deserves to split backup minutes with other players like Mo Bamba and Montrezl Harrell.

The plan is for Philadelphia’s new head coach, Nick Nurse, to mold his young player into a star. Nurse has seen a resemblance in playstyle between Paul Reed and Pascal Siakam.

His former star player on the Raptors shared several similarities: he could do it all on the offensive and defensive ends of the court except shoot the ball.

If Reed continues working on his jumper with the coaching staff, it will elevate his game.

Photo: Paul Reed/Instagram

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