I was at the luncheon today w/ Ed S. He agreed that the sixers biggest issue is shooting.
A few points raised or asked:
1. Their biggest need is a shooter. Ed stated that as time goes he believes the players on the team will get better at shooting. He is planning on hiring a shooting coach over the summer to help. Glad to hear action not just talk in my opinion.
2. Ed feels that foul shooting is contagious and he is not happy with it.
3. They will not go into the Luxury Tax bracket but are looking to add a MLE player over the summer.
4. At the trade deadline, the player that people had most interest in was Iggy. From what he said, it seemed like Lou had the 2nd most interest of the group.
5. As we all will be happy to hear, he does not like Willie G starting.
6. If Sammy just rebounds, blocks shots and plays D, they are thrilled with him. Him scoring is a bonus.
I think that is the major points. I left feeling like they understood what they have on the team, are real, and have a plan. I got the feeling they are happy with the team other than the guards.
1. Ed is not happy with Rush. That is why he is not on the court.
2. Stressed that no one knows what will happen this summer w/ free agents.
3. There was no real interest in Andre Miller at the deadline, other than as a salary dump.
4. They are considering having the lineup of Miller/Iggy/Thad/Speights/Sammy
5. Ed stressed several times that finances are going to affect the league. I got the feeling that he does hope to keep Miller but does not think he is going to get as much as he hopes but only Free agent time will tell. Said that the players and owners are far apart on the CBA that expires in 2 years. Players are going to have to give back, no questions about it.
I think they would be more likely to move a big guy before Lou in my opinion. Who, I would think Sammy would be first as you have Brand, Speights, Thad and Jason Willliams at the big spots.
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