Philadelphia 76ers: 3 takeaways from 2019 NBA offseason

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Now that the NBA carousel has stopped turning this summer, it’s time to look over some key points from the past month and a half for the Philadelphia 76ers.

For the first time in what feels like a lifetime, the Philadelphia 76ers will have a long-term core locked up for multiple years. After re-signing Tobias Harris, adding Al Horford and acquiring Josh Richardson, the Sixers’ starting five is locked up through at least 2021.

This is not the 76ers team you used to know, but it’s a welcome change. The roster turnover, while once again hectic this summer, should decrease significantly in the future.

The trades made last season were swings for the fences at acquiring players to fit next to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and a few of them worked out.

Between all the players the team added, the best fits were retained. After all, when you already have two supreme talents, fit should be the goal. Tobias Harris is a good fit as a high-volume shooter and scorer.

Fan favorite Mike Scott is a good two-way forward off the bench; ditto for James Ennis (more of a wing, but you get the point).

Pivoting from losing Jimmy Butler to receiving Josh Richardson and using the remaining cap space on Al Horford is a net plus. Losing J.J. Redick stings, but his departure didn’t actually free up any money; he would’ve been retained over the cap using Bird rights anyway.

What all these transactions mean is a lot more complex than the naked eye can say.

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