Still fresh off Saturday night's series-ending loss to the Celtics, the Sixers are already looking ahead to next year as their offseason got underway on Sunday. While the team may have exceeded expectations by pushing Boston to a Game 7, some critics may point to the fact that the Sixers faded in the second half of the season as a reason why the franchise needs to make changes to the roster. CSNPhilly.com's John Finger suggests that big changes may be on the horizon for the Sixers as the team looks to make a deeper run in next year's playoffs. Head coach Doug Collins was the first to admit that the group of guys currently on the Sixers roster will most likely not be the same heading into the 2012/2013 season.
“I hope our guys are going to grow from this, I hope we grow as a team,” Collins said after the Game 7 loss to Boston. “We have to add some more pieces, we know that. [Owner] Josh Harris is totally committed to that. On a day like today I always tell our players to make sure they look around the locker room and look at your teammates. You’re forever bonded, but this team will not be the same team next year. That’s the nature of sports.”
Finger says Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand may not be on next year's team as the Sixers will look to add a big man like Pau Gasol and a scorer like Steve Nash to the roster. Iguodala could be used as a trading chip to acquire Gasol as the Lakers are looking to move the Spaniard with hopes of becoming younger and faster to better complement Kobe Bryant. Financially, the move would make sense as Gasol is owed $38MM over the next two seasons while Iguodala is set to earn $30.6MM during the same time frame. Brand's future may not be as kind as Iguodala's as the former Duke star may face becoming a salary dump for a team looking for an expiring contract.