Status of current Sixers will wait for draft

Henry Sims of the Philadelphia 76ers. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Henry Sims of the Philadelphia 76ers. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Posted: June 05, 2014

The 76ers won't rush to make roster moves.

For the most part, they're holding off until after the summer league to decide who they'll bring back from last season's roster.

 At the moment, Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young, Tony Wroten and Arnett Moultrie are signed through next season. Jason Richardson and Byron Mullens have until the end of June to decide if they'll accept their player options to remain with Sixers. And the franchise has the same deadline to pick up team options for next season on Elliot Williams and James Anderson.

 But the Sixers have a lot of flexibility because the remaining players on this past season's roster are on nonguaranteed, multiyear deals.

For example, the Sixers really like backup center Henry Sims. And since the team doesn't have anybody better on the roster to complement Noel right now, he appears to be a keeper.

But Sims, whom they acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade for Spencer Hawes, could become expendable if they find someone better in the June 26 NBA draft or in free agency, which begins July 1.

Swingman Hollis Thompson and reserve power forward Jarvis Varnado are in the same situation.

So a lot of young players from last season's squad will be sprinkled on the franchise's summer-league rosters. Noel will be the headline, although how much he will play in the Orlando and NBA (Las Vegas) summer leagues is yet to be decided.


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