5 guards the Sixers should target in free agency

5 guards the Sixers should target in free agency

NBA free agency begins July 1 and the Sixers have plenty of money to spend.

With No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz in the fold alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Sixers have big pieces in place. Now Bryan Colangelo and company will look to complement them with the right players.

After looking at a few veteran free agents on Tuesday, we'll take a closer at the guards who could interest in the Sixers.

J.J. Redick
Redick has seemingly been the most popular guard linked to the Sixers this offseason. It makes sense. The Sixers need shooters and that's Redick's forte. Redick has shot 42 percent from three during his 11-year career. He's finished in the top five in three-point percentage in each of the last three seasons, including shooting a league-leading 48 percent in 2015-16.

He'll also add a veteran presence on a remarkably young team. He did just turn 33, but if the Sixers can front-load his deal, it could align with when the team is starting to become a contender. Defense is also a concern. Redick is adequate at best in that department. Plus his playoff resume has a lot to be desired.

Arron Afflalo
Afflalo might not be as prolific as Redick from three, but he's no slouch. He's shot at least 40 percent from downtown in six different seasons, including last season (41 percent). He's a little more versatile offensively as well, with the ability to score in different ways. 

Afflalo is also a little on the older side at 31 and not the greatest defender. He's coming off a down year, which you could attribute to playing on an awful Kings team. Then again, the down year could lower his price tag.

C.J. Miles
Miles seems like he's been in the league forever but he's just 30 years old. He came to the NBA directly from high school and it took him some time to find his niche. But he's certainly found it as a three-and-D floor spacer.

Miles might actually be the best fit for the Sixers at two guard/small forward. He shot a career-high 41 percent from three last season on 5.4 attempts a game. Miles isn't a game changer and won't break the bank, but he's a solid piece whose skill set would complement the current roster extremely well.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
This is where things could get a little interesting. Caldwell-Pope is already a strong defender with a budding offensive game. His shot is still a work in progress. He shot a career-high 35 percent from three and also knocked down 83 percent of his free throws last season. But he was arrested for a DUI back in March and will be suspended for the first two games of 2017-18.

He's a restricted free agent who the Pistons might have trouble hanging on to. He could get a max offer from a team like the Nets (if his off-the-court incident doesn't scare them off). The Sixers should at least make a phone call. The eighth overall pick in 2013, Caldwell-Pope has plenty of potential. If his shot continues to develop, he could give the Sixers a young, formidable starting five. 

Ben McLemore
The pick right before Caldwell-Pope in 2013, McLemore has never lived up to the billing of being the seventh overall pick. McLemore has averaged 9.4 points per game in his four-year career, but has improved his three-point percentage in each season. 

Like Afflalo, it's hard to know if McLemore's lack of success is fully on him. Sacramento is a place where prospects go to die (hopefully not this year because I really love De'Aaron Fox and Harry Giles). McLemore is also restricted, but with Fox and Buddy Hield — the prize of the Boogie Cousins trade — the Kings appear to be set in their backcourt. Again, McLemore was a high pick who produced at a high-level college program. He might be worth rolling the dice on. 

Report: Sixers interested in reunion with Andre Iguodala

Report: Sixers interested in reunion with Andre Iguodala

Fresh off his latest NBA Finals victory, two-time champ Andre Iguodala could end up back in Philly.

The Sixers are one of seven teams interested in prying the 2015 NBA Finals MVP away from the Warriors, according to an ESPN report.

Iguodala averaged 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 26.3 minutes a game for the reigning champs. He scored 20 points in the series clincher in Game 5. 

Since joining Golden State, Iguodala has taken a lesser role, unlike his days with the Sixers. Back in February, Iguodala had some glowing things to say about one of the Sixers' franchise cornerstones, Joel Embiid. 

"I'm a big fan of his," Iguodala said following a Warriors' 119-108 win over the Sixers. "I think he has a crazy upside. I don't even think people realize how good he really is."

Next season, the Sixers will add 2016 No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons and 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to that mix. With the young foundation in place and the money the Sixers could throw at him, Iguodala could consider coming back to the place where his NBA career started.

Iguodala could offer the Sixers two valuable things: defense and veteran leadership. With guard Jerryd Bayless being the only player on the current roster with five years of NBA experience, the Sixers could use a player with Iguodala's resume.

Iguodala, 33, has now played in 109 career postseason games. He's also been durable, having played at least 62 games in each of his 13 NBA seasons. 

"As long as they keep having good intentions," Iguodala said when asked if he thought the Sixers were on the right track. "As long as [Embiid] continues to improve and his confidence goes higher and higher — his potential is amazing — and they get the right guys around him, and they've already started that, so sky's the limit."

Iguodala was originally drafted ninth overall by the Sixers back in 2004 out of Arizona. He averaged 15.3 points in 615 games and made one All-Star appearance in his eight seasons with the Sixers.

Robert Covington finishes 4th in Defensive Player of the Year voting

Robert Covington finishes 4th in Defensive Player of the Year voting

Draymond Green. Rudy Gobert. Kawhi Leonard.

Robert Covington.

Covingon placed fourth in the voting for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, though he wasn't even close to the top three.

Green, who won the award Monday night, received 73 of 100 first-place votes and had 434 voting points.

Gobert was next with 16 first-place votes and 269 points, followed by Leonard with 11 first-place votes and 182 points.

Covington was the only other player in the NBA to receive both a second- and third-place vote, giving him a total of four voting points. That was one more than LeBron James, Hassan Whiteside and Andre Roberson. 

Both writers who voted for Covington are international: Antoni Daimel of Moviestar+ in Spain and Flavio Tranquillo of Sky Italia. European hoops heads must love them some RoCo.

After a slow start, Covington had a breakout 2016-17 season, offensive and defensively. His reputation has grown substantially over the last year and he's now considered one of the better three-and-D players in the NBA and a solid fit alongside the Sixers' young nucleus.