The NBA Free Agency buzz is over, and the NBA rosters are falling into place. As for the Philadelphia 76ers, their starting five is very debatable with the surplus of big men they have. Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, and Dario Saric all have solid cases for each one to start, but who will coach Brett Brown put on the floor for tip-off? Another question surrounds Ben Simmons and his position. Will he play the point for the 76ers or stay down low as a forward? Also, will there be another trade before the season starts? This move seems unlikely as the prime trade opportunities were during the draft and free agency, but it could still happen with the numerous big men on the team. While there are several scenarios, I think Jerryd Bayless will play the point guard spot while Gerald Henderson starts as the two guard. Both free agent additions, these guards both play well on the outside and complement the centers well. At the small forward position, Ben Simmons will start. While he is more suited for the four, Simmons will be forced to move temperorily to make room for the bigs. Simmons can defend many small forwards and can bully the smaller ones in the paint. In the frontcourt, I have Okafor playing power forward and Noel playing center. Again, Okafor is more of a center, but he is more athletic than Noel and can move better. Noel is also a better rim protector which makes him better for playing center. Finally, while Saric and Embiid both have the talent to start, the current situation doesn't warrant them starting. They haven't played in an NBA game yet and Okafor and Noel are better starters for this situation. This is an interesting topic, so who do you have starting for the 76ers in game one?
The MLB Trade Deadline is looming over franchises as we get closer to August 1st. Typically, the trade deadline is on July 31st, but this year the deadline was pushed back a day as the 31st falls on a Sunday. Front offices around the league are gathering up scouting reports looking to make the deal that will push their franchise into the playoffs or into rebuilding mode. So what players could be joining new clubs in August? Here are some possible names who could be on the move.
Mike Trout - Angels - I know, why would the Angels trade the best player in baseball? But the possibility is certainly there. Currently, the Angels are last in their division with a record of 35-50 and have no hope for the playoffs. Even though they have such a great player in Trout, the Angels aren't going anywhere with a terrible farm system. Trading Trout would welcome a boatload of top prospects into their organization. Trout's price is obviously extremely high, but a team with a top ten farm system could pay up to get five time all-star. A deal involving Trout could rebuild the Angels and propel another team into championship contention.
Josh Reddick - Athletics - Another struggling AL West team, the Athletics may be dealing outfielder Josh Reddick this July. The Athletics don't need to go deep into rebuilding mode, but with Reddick in the last year of his contract, he may not want to re-sign with the A's. He is having a nice year also, batting .303 in 175 at bats. Reddick would add solid hitting to any team looking to get over the hump this summer. The Red Sox and Royals are rumored to have interest in the A's outfielder.
Jeremy Hellickson - Phillies - The Phillies have done a nice job the past few years of signing veterans to cheap deals and trading them after a surprising good season start. They did it with Marlon Byrd (who was recently busted for PEDs) two years ago, and they will likely do the same with Hellickson this year. He has a 6-6 record with a 3.92 ERA this season. Despite a hot start, the Phillies seem to be out of the playoff race, but anyone who trades for Hellickson could add valuable depth to their rotation.
Julio Teheran - Braves - Possibly the top pitcher on the block, Teheran and the Braves are in an interesting situation. On one hand, the Braves could trade Teheran since they are last in the NL East, but they could also wait to trade him while their outstanding farm system grows. If Teheran is not traded, he could be a key piece to a team that will be quite good in a few years. However, Teheran may not be as dominant in the future when the Braves are ready to compete. While Teheran has a dismal record of 3-7 this year, he does have a 2.72 ERA. He is signed through the year of 2019 and is currently only 25 years old.
Jonathan Lucroy - Brewers - Lucroy is having a great season while only making $2 million this year. His cheap contract combined with his great performances make him a likely trade candidate. His batting average is just above .300 and he has hit ten home runs this year as well. Any team looking for a catcher will certainly be calling the Brewers looking for a trade.
The 76ers added help on the wing today by signing guard Gerald Henderson to a 2 year deal worth $18 million, as reported by The Vertical. Henderson, a Philadelphia native, will add his shooting touch to a team in need of perimeter players. Last season, Henderson averaged 8.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1 assist per game with the Portland Trail Blazers. He also shot 35.3 percent on three-pointers last season. At 6-foot-5, Henderson can rebound and defend well at the 2 spot. He is an athletic player who will match up well in most situations.
Henderson will also add some veteran leadership to Philly's young team. He has played for seven years in the NBA after being selected 12th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2009 NBA Draft. Since his contract is only two years, Henderson will likely serve as a transitional player while the young talent grows. Finally, considering the weak group of guards on the 76ers' roster, he is expected to start on opening night.