Sixers patient as race to retain Butler and Harris nears the green flag


As we enter the month of June, we are only a couple of weeks away from the start of NBA Free Agency. The Philadelphia 76ers have several questions to answer in-house before they look for outside help.

The Sixers are reportedly set to offer Jimmy Butler a max-deal, but that should come as no surprise. The real question becomes, will he accept?

When the Sixers made the trade on November 12 to get Jimmy Butler from Minnesota for Robert Covington & Dario Saric, the concern that Sixers fans had was that Butler may only turn out to be a rental player.

On February 6, the Sixers would make another move in acquiring Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic & Mike Scott for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet.

Harris faces the same questions as Butler, but with a little less pressure. Although there are teams who have expressed interest in trading for the services of Tobias Harris, the Sixers may have slightly more leverage in convincing him to stay.

Sixers GM Elton Brand spoke on February 8 about acquiring both Jimmy Butler & Tobias Harris and was asked what is going to take to re-sign both of them

“I have gotten all reassurance from the managing partners to bring them back and sign them, of course, a lot of things need to happen before that, we are all on board to keep this core together long term”

Teams and players will now be permitted to begin free-agent negotiations at 6 p.m. ET on June 30 – six hours earlier than the previous start time of 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1.

By league rules, teams also will be permitted to communicate with free agents or their representatives beginning at 6 p.m. ET on June 29 solely for the purpose of scheduling a meeting to take place at or after 6 p.m. ET on June 30.

The Sixers have a big decision to make regarding Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler.