Majority owner Josh Harris hasn't exactly hidden his desire to make changes, nor his willingness to spend money in order to do it.
"We really like our team and respect our team, but we realize, as coach [Doug] Collins laid out, we have some work to do to get better," Harris said Sunday. "We're not going to stand still. We are going to be looking at everything, our players and the players out there to try to figure out how to fill the deficiencies we have on the court. That's where we are and we're excited about bringing this team forward even from here. We don't want to rest, we want to move forward to next season. We know what we have to do financially and otherwise. We want to win. We're a well-financed group and we have some flexibility. Everything is on the table."
What will happen as far as players being brought here is pure speculation. But here is a look at the Sixers' roster and the likelihood of who will be returning.
Coach Doug Collins
He will be back for his third season. Collins is under contract for the upcoming season, with an option for the fourth. Being the most trusted basketball mind in the organization, he appears to have the reins and has formed a bond with Harris. Expect him to be signed to an extension in the near future. Harris said Sunday that he and Collins have not sat down yet for those talks, but that he wants Collins "here for a long, long time." Collins is abundantly fond of his coaching staff; if associate head coach Michael Curry isn't offered a head position somewhere else, expect the whole staff to return.
President Rod Thorn
It's hard to evaluate Thorn's time here, since nothing significant has been done during his watch. The new ownership group has made it clear that moving and shaking is its priority. Whether they are comfortable doing that with Thorn will be seen. If they are not happy with Thorn, an announcement probably would come sooner rather than later.
Experience: Eighth year, all with Sixers.
Key stats: Averaged 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists; shot 45 percent from the field, 62 percent from free throw line.
Contract: Will make $14.7 million next season; player option of $15.9 million the year after.
Breakdown: The playoff run just completed by the Sixers went a long way into defining exactly what Iguodala has been to this organization through the years. He had tremendous highs, such as winning Game 6 against Chicago with two late foul shots and displaying his superior defensive ability by shutting down the Bulls' Luol Deng for most of that series and quieting Paul Pierce for much of the seven games with Boston. He still managed to madden some with his shot selection and missed foul shots during the 13-game run. His overall play during the season was some of his best ever as he played into Collins' system of team first, individual second. Whether he stays or goes could mostly depend on what other moves the Sixers make.
Probability of return: 55 percent.
Experience: Fifth year, second with Sixers.
Key stats: Averaged 9.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 37 games (29 starts)
Contract: Unrestricted free agent.
Breakdown: This is a tough one. Hawes was so good, perhaps the best player on the team, in the early part of the season before suffering an Achilles' strain that seemed to weaken his legs when he returned after missing 29 games. He is just 24 years old and possesses the abilities that Collins likes from his big men on the offensive end. He is a more than capable shooter, can pass the ball and is smart. What he lacks is the toughness that this team so badly needs down low. Not being able to evaluate Hawes through a full, healthy season makes this a tricky situation. If the Sixers are able to land a big, strong, athletic starting center, it's hard to imagine they'll keep Hawes, with younger centers Nikola Vucevic and Lavoy Allen on the roster.
Probability of return: 25 percent
Experience: Third year, all with Sixers.
Key stats: Averaged 13.5 points and 4.5 assists; shot 43 percent from field.
Contract: Will make $2.7 million next season; qualifying offer of $3.8 million in 2013-14.
Breakdown: There might not have been a player on the Sixers more hurt by the lockout than Holiday. Collins and his staff really wanted to get their hands on Holiday to help tighten his game, make him a better decision-maker, ballhandler and overall team leader. He led the Sixers in scoring during the playoffs (15.8) and they really followed his lead. He has proven to be a more-than-capable penetrator and outside shooter and can play off the ball as well. As said, his game needs tightening, and that's something that can be done.
Probability of return: 100 percent.
Experience: Second year, both with Sixers.
Key stats: Averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds; made 20 starts.
Contract: Team options of $5.3 million next season and $6.7 million the season after. Qualifying offer of $8.7 in 2014-15.
Breakdown: The enigmatic Turner had one of the most up-and-down seasons of any player on the roster. Not being given the starting spot out of training camp, during which time Turner shined, no doubt played major head games with the second-year pro. He was given the starting job midway through the season, had it taken away again, then got it back in the second game of the playoffs. He proved to be the tough, rebounding player the team needed and should be a staple in the starting lineup next season. He and Collins both acknowledged that his midrange game needs to improve. If that happens, his offensive numbers could skyrocket.
Probability of return: 98 percent.
Experience: 13th year, fourth with Sixers.
Key stats: Averaged 11 points and 7.2 rebounds in a career-low 28.9 minutes per game.
Contract: Will make $18.2 million next season.
Breakdown: The undersized forward/center showed his true toughness by playing through a painful neck/shoulder injury through much of the playoffs. He will turn 34 during next season and his legs are obviously starting to betray him. He has a big fan in Collins, both for his soldier mentality and their Duke ties. Talk of amnestying Brand's contract has been common. If the team does that, it frees up $18 from the salary cap. But you have to wonder: 1. Will new owners just write a check for that amount to get nothing out of a player? 2. Is waiting another year for him to come off the book a smarter business decision?
Probability of return: 60 percent.
Experience: Fifth year, all with Sixers.
Key stats: Averaged 12.8 points, 5.2 rebounds.
Contract: Signed a 5-year contract before last season.
Breakdown: He really is a man without a position. Collins plays him at the power forward spot and plans to keep doing it. That is a tough defensive assignment for Young every night, as he finished the season weighing just 215 pounds. If he can get back to being the deadly midrange shooter he was during his second season, he is a force. If not, he'll struggle. Collins wants two things from Young this offseason - improve his shot and put on weight.
Probability of return: 100 percent.
Experience: Seventh year, all with Sixers.
Key stats: Averaged 14.9 points, 3.5 assists.
Contract: Player option for $6.4 million next season.
Breakdown: The team's leading scorer without starting a game is in a bit of a situation. He can opt out of his contract with the Sixers, as he might want to look to go somewhere to be a starter. The problem is that Williams truly loves playing in Philly and perhaps knows that the situation here, backing up young guards Turner and Holiday, might be as good as it gets. Money will most likely be the deciding factor regarding whether he's back. The Sixers want him, but won't break the bank.
Probability of return: 75 percent.
Key stats: Averaged 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Contract: Qualifying offer of $937,195 for upcoming season.
Breakdown: The Temple product may have made himself some money during the playoff run in which he established himself as a forceful defender down low and a capable defensive player. He has a huge fan in Collins. He will surely be paid more than his qualifying offer, either by the Sixers or someone else.
Probability of return: 90 percent.
Key stats: 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds; played in 51 games with 15 starts.
Contract: Will make $1.8 million next season; team options the next 2 years.
Breakdown: The rookie center selected in the first round lost his game down the stretch and Collins didn't have the luxury of letting him play through it, as the team needed to win to make the playoffs. Once in the postseason, Collins couldn't put the fragile-minded Vucevic out there.
Probability of return: 100 percent.
Experience: Third year, second full season with Sixers.
Key stats: Averaged 8.4 points, shot 37 percent from three-point range.
Contract: Free agent.
Breakdown: Collins might be the shooting guard's biggest fan in the city. He had a valuable role as the team's best (only) outside shooter, but he was still inconsistent when needed.
Probability of return: 40 percent.
Craig Brackins, 24, has team options for the next 2 years, but probably won't be back.
* Tony Battie, 36, might be back as an assistant coach. He is a free agent.
* Sam Young, 26, acquired from Memphis, is a free agent who most likely will go elsewhere.
* Xavier Silas, 24, signed from the developmental league with two games left in the regular season. He could be a summer-league or training-camp invitee.
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