As “The Process” disappointed full completion again, these three players wont be back with the Philadelphia 76ers next season.
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With a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night, the Philadelphia 76ers have actually now stopped working to advance past the 2nd round of the playoffs in 4 straight years.
Even if Ben Simmons is a rightful target for criticism after his abysmal playoff proving, there is blame to walk around from various points in this years procedures (Doc Rivers, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid). Simmons and Embiid have never ever appeared to fit all that well together on the flooring, and those concerns are back in complete force. There are also some indications they dont get along.
76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey is not afraid to make relocations, thats for sure. Now heading into the offseason, no one on this side of Embiid is off-limits in trade talks.
Putting different pieces (shooters) around Embiid and Simmons was an excellent strategy by Morey last offseason, and Seth Curry was the 76ers second-best gamer in the series versus the Hawks. That latter point is likewise informing. So the time for tweaks around the star duo might be over, in favor of a major relocate to shake things up.
With decisions small and big coming, these 3 players wont be back with the 76ers next season.
3. Anthony Tolliver will not be back for the 76ers
Tolliver signed his very first 10-day contract with Philadelphia in April, followed by a 2nd 10-day deal and eventually a deal for the rest of the season in early May. He surely wasnt expected to play much, and he didnt (11 regular-season video games, one playoff video game, 101 overall minutes). At this phase of his career, Tolliver is a locker room leader and nothing else.
However the 76ers need more from their depth pieces than intangible value. Letting Tolliver pursue any opportunities he might find in other places will be easy.
Simmons and Embiid have actually never seemed to fit all that well together on the floor, and those concerns are back in full force. Putting various pieces (shooters) around Embiid and Simmons was a good strategy by Morey last offseason, and Seth Curry was the 76ers second-best player in the series against the Hawks. Tolliver signed his first 10-day agreement with Philadelphia in April, followed by a 2nd 10-day offer and ultimately an offer for the rest of the season in early May.