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Sixers pushed to target the former lottery pick in free agency

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The Philadelphia 76ers are a much better team than the one that ended last season – thanks to James Harden.

However, with several veteran role players still available in free agency, there is an opportunity for Daryl Morey to continue rebuilding the Sixers roster. According to Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, one player the Sixers should be interested in is Jeremy Lamb – an experienced winger who can help increase the second unit’s firepower.

“The 30-year-old makes net-shredding look effortlessly smooth. It also doesn’t take much ground time to fill it up. He’s averaged double-digit points in four of the last five seasons, despite logging just 24.3 minutes a night at the track. His three-ball is streakier than you’d like and his defense isn’t worth mentioning, but he’d be out of price range if he didn’t have those warts,” Buckley wrote in his July 21 article.

Lamb split his time last season between the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings, averaging 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 38.3% from the field and 32.4% shot from the depths.

At 6’5 and 6’11 wingspan, Lamb has all the tools to be a capable full-back and while he hasn’t shown that ability on his previous stops, an opportunity to challenge for a championship could be there allow him to find a new commitment on defense next season.

Still, Lamb’s bread-and-butter is his offense, more specifically his ability to apply rim pressure and punish midrange shooting pockets. Last season, the veteran winger converted 76% of his attempts within 4 feet of the basket and hit 43% of his attempts in the middle.

Analytics may not favor the mid-tier jumper, but the fact of the matter is that once the postseason kicks in, teams will take on more drop coverage and have a player who can come off the bench and capitalize on the space between the scope and the big man is vital, and that’s a role Lamb has proven over his 11 years in the NBA.

If Morey and Doc Rivers aren’t being sold on Lamb as a potentially impactful complement, they have other options available to them. According to Jason Dumas of Bleacher Reportthe Sixers are evaluating their option in a possible move to acquire former Miami Heat enforcer Markieff Morris.

“Markieff loves playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Markieff grew up in North Philadelphia and won a Philly Public League and two PA State Titles at Prep Charter. The Sixers are still considering their options, but have made these thoughts.” Dumas tweeted on July 18.

Morris appeared in 17 games for the Heat last season – mostly due to a neck injury – but on floor the veteran averaged 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists while making 47.4% from the field lap.

Morris could be a better option for the Sixers than Lamb because he’s willing to play two-way basketball and sacrifice himself for the team. However, it looks like Morey may be taking legal action over who he’s chasing as he’s trying to build a competing roster around Joel Embiid and James Harden, so we may have to wait before we see more takeovers.

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