The Sixer Sense podcast returns as the pain of the Philadelphia 76ers’ early playoff exit remains fresh. What hurts hurts even more when the Boston Celtics are beaten by the Miami Heat, who lost 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s hard to imagine the Sixers wouldn’t put up a bigger fight against the eight-seeded Heat.
Lucas Johnson and Jonathan Geib delve into the many off-season decisions the Sixers office must make. First of all, should the Sixers try to bring James Harden back? Apparently the contract Harden is looking for, 4 years, over $200 million, is too rich for my blood and hopefully for the team. The problem is that if Harden leaves, the Sixers will be stuck without a real quarterback in the offseason, when the free agent class leaves much to be desired.
There was a topic in the Philadelphia sports media about the possibility of blowing up this team and starting a rebuild with this franchise. Are the Sixers seriously considering a trade for reigning MVP Joel Embiid? You might be surprised by the guys answer to this question. Other assets the Sixers could move include Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey. Should Maxey be untouchable or is his value enough to bring in a player in exchange for Embiid giving more to a team that wins now?
Sam Cassell is in talks for a head coach vacancy at Philadelphia, but it’s worth considering whether his first head coach job should be for a younger, rebuilding team. The pressure in Philly for the Sixers to win now may not be as ideal as coaching a team like the Detroit Pistons. Where do we think Cassell will be in October?
The podcast concludes with a discussion of the Conference Finals series. Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat lead 3-0 over Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics respectively. Which team is more likely to make an unprecedented comeback? Listen to the podcast!
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