Which Sixers make the final cut ahead of the new season?

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 17: Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid (21), Philadelphia 76ers Guard James Harden (1), Philadelphia 76ers Forward P.J. Tucker (17) and Philadelphia 76ers Forward Tobias Harris (12) huddle during a NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers on January 17, 2023 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

The 2023 NBA preseason is coming to a close this week, and the Philadelphia 76ers have a lot to iron out when it comes to their roster. Not only is the James Harden drama still hanging over their head, but they still need to determine who will make the opening night roster. The Sixers need to cut their roster to 15 spots before their matchup with the Bucks on 10/26. With roster uncertainty, who makes the Sixers roster to start 2023? Take a look below:

The Locks

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid looks on during the NBA basketball team’s practice on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, in Fort Collins, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The following Sixers are solidified in their spots on the roster: Tyrese Maxey, De’Anthony Melton, Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid, Paul Reed, Kelly Oubre Jr, Jaden Springer, Patrick Beverley, and James Harden.

All the players mentioned are either in Nick Nurse’s rotation or, in Springer’s case, fighting for a spot in the rotation. Springer’s play this preseason has been excellent, and all of the work in the offseason is showing through. If there is any coach that would give Springer a chance, it’s going to be Nurse.

Of course, then there’s James Harden, who is currently waiting to be traded—to the Los Angeles Clippers if he had his way. Until a deal is done, Harden will remain on the roster.

Should Be Locks but a Trade Could Change Things

CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 06: Philadelphia 76ers Guard Furkan Korkmaz (30) dribbles the ball in action during a NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls on February 6, 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire)

Danuel House Jr. and Furkan Korkmaz should be locks to make the Sixers’ roster, but things could change if a James Harden trade takes place. Korkmaz asked for a trade before last season’s trade deadline, but his request was not fulfilled for the second time in his Sixers career. Korkmaz or House could potentially be included in a trade with Harden for salary-matching purposes, though that could be at any point before the deadline.

On the Bubble

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with teammates Tobias Harris and Danny Green (14) after making a tie-breaking 3-pointer against the Toronto Raptors during overtime in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Danny Green has been a pleasant surprise this preseason and training camp. He’s shown he can still hit from distance and be a much-needed floor spacer when called upon. His contract is non-guaranteed, but he looks like he may have played his way off the bubble.

Terquavion Smith is an undrafted rookie who lit up the summer league for the Sixers and is the type of shooter that needs to be on the roster with Joel Embiid. Smith was signed on a two-way deal, but he’s pushing for a roster spot.

Mo Bamba will more than likely make the roster, but his play this preseason has been underwhelming. He will be considered the “third” center behind Paul Reed and play minutes when Embiid doesn’t suit it. Bamba hasn’t played well so far, but he brings another element to the center position for this team. He is a lob threat and can spread the floor, something the Sixers haven’t consistently had behind Embiid.

Destined for Delaware

Memphis Grizzlies forward Kenneth Lofton Jr., center, pulls down a rebound as Philadelphia 76ers center Filip Petrusev (33) defends in the second half during an NBA Summer League basketball game Monday, July 3, 2023, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

This group seems destined for the Sixers’ G League affiliate, Delaware Blue Coats, this season. Ricky Council IV has already signed a two-way agreement this summer, and David Duke Jr. and Petrusev will likely join him. Filip Petrusev hasn’t done enough to make a statement for a spot on the roster and will likely play for the Blue Coats, hoping to make an impression for next season.

Missing the Final Cut

Philadelphia 76ers’ Montrezl Harrell reacts after a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Unfortunately, there are those who probably won’t make the roster. Montrezl Harrell is injured and won’t play this season after tearing his ACL and meniscus, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Sixers try to cut him, although his salary is guaranteed for this season. Javonte Smart and Azuolas Tubelis were added to the offseason roster for training camp bodies and may end up in Delaware as well, with Tubelis on a two-way deal.