Ryan Broekhoff will finally make his Sixers debut this season.
Heading into the 2019-20 NBA playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers made the move to add veteran guard/forward Ryan Broekhoff to the active roster. It made a ton of sense considering the team’s woeful floor spacing at the time, and there was some belief that Broekhoff could play an even bigger role moving forward with the team due to his above-average shooting ability. He’s a career 40.3% shooter from beyond the arc, and his cheap cost fit in nicely alongside some of the team’s more expensive contracts.
Unfortunately, Broekhoff’s wide tested positive for COVID-19 right before the Orlando bubble restart, and Broekhoff was forced to opt out of the season’s final few games. Broekhoff has a small child at home as well, so Ryan made the appropriate move to prioritize his family’s health during such a troubling time.
Following Broekhoff’s opt-out, it felt like his time with the Sixers would simply end there. With new management coming into town in way of Daryl Morey, there was little talk in terms of potentially bringing him back to the active roster. However, it looks like that was never the case at all.
According to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Broekhoff will be returning to Philadelphia on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract.
Like previously mentioned, Brokehoff is a perimeter sharpshooter who has made a name for himself in the NBA as someone who can space the floor effectively. He averages just over two three-pointers attempted per game, and is an above-average free throw shooter as well.
Broekhoff only averages about four points per game, so temper your expectations accordingly. This is very much a depth signing, as guys like Danny Green and Seth Curry should see a majority of the team’s “wing minutes” moving forward.
This low cost signing fills out the 15-man roster, but still leaves Daryl Morey with his Mid Level Exception (MLE) and a trade exception moving forward into the regular season. Plenty of ammunition if another move is required around the trade deadline or on the buyout market.
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David is a 20 year old college student at the University of Maryland. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan who started covering the teams back in late May of 2019. After just a few months of writing for fun on a personal blog, he now reports on the 76ers for PhillySportsNetwork.com and the Phillies for Fansided.com.