The Philadelphia 76ers need to strengthen the depth on their bench by using a 10-day contract. They could go about it in several different ways.
Due to injuries and the unexpected decline in play of some of the older players on the roster, the bench of the Philadelphia 76ers has become extremely weak. The team needs to address it and honestly, outside of the point guard position, the bench could use upgrades across the board.
The team has an open roster spot, it makes since to use it on a free agent. Instead of signing a player outright to fill the spot, they should use a 10-day contract to audition players and see their potential fit within head coach Brett Brown’s scheme. This gives the Sixers time to evaluate players without making a long term commitment. Teams are allowed to sign a player to two 10-day contracts. There’s at least three players the Sixers should look at in no particular order.
The Sixers very well could look within the organization at their G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. Now that the Sixers have signed Haywood Highsmith to a two-way contract, Cameron Oliver is easily the top prospect on Delaware’s roster.
In the past, I wrote about how Oliver is a great G-League prospect. He’s a high energy big that rim runs and is active defensively. This season with the Blue Coats he’s averaging 15.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.2 blocks in 26.9 minutes per game.
Oliver could add some much needed depth at the power forward position. Currently, Mike Muscala and Jonah Bolden split time at the position off the bench with Bolden getting the bulk of the minutes at the four spot. However outside of those two, Coach Brown doesn’t have any real options at the moment.
The Sixers could use a 10-day contract too on the young big man and see if he’s NBA material. He could provide a spark of energy the Sixers bench desperately needs. The biggest concern with adding Oliver past a 10-day deal would be that he would be another rookie with zero post season experience.