Sixers Make Unusual Expenditure On Marshall

Kendall Marshall has the pedigree of having been a former lottery pick, and he averaged 8.8 assists per game in 2013/14. No one will mistake him as a marquee free agent addition, but he just received the largest free agent contract that Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has handed out since taking over the team in 2013.

Most of Hinkie’s free agent additions have been for the minimum salary, and while a few exceptions have emerged, none have received nearly as much as Marshall did on his new four-year, $8MM deal. It’s the sixth-most lucrative deal that Hinkie has handed out. The five players above Marshall on that list were all signed as draft picks. That includes Furkan Aldemir, who signed at midseason last year after having been a draft-and-stash prospect.

Here’s a look at the most expensive signings the Sixers have made in the Hinkie era. Five of the six players shown here are still with the team, with Michael Carter-Williams the lone exception. Joel Embiid is No. 2 here, despite questions about whether he’ll ever play thanks to a persistent foot injury.

  1. Jahlil Okafor — four years, $20,680,472 (rookie scale)
  2. Joel Embiid — four years, $19,981,026 (rookie scale)
  3. Nerlens Noel — four years, $14,329,730 (rookie scale)
  4. Furkan Aldemir — four years, $11,420,610 (draft-and-stash signee)
  5. Michael Carter Williams — four years, $10,083,526 (rookie scale)
  6. Kendall Marshall — four years, $8MM (free agent signee)

The Basketball Insiders salary pages were used in the creation of this post.

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