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Getty Korkmaz believes the Sixers should move on.

The Philadelphia 76ers had their season come to a close on May 12 after losing Game 6 on the road to the Miami Heat.

Acquiring James Harden for Ben Simmons was meant to propel the team into a true championship contender, but untimely injuries to Joel Embiid and Danny Green didn’t help matters and the season came to an end in the second round yet again.

James Harden looks to be a completely different player than he did in Houston, and it looks like the Sixers will have to adapt to the new version of him.

Due to the drama surrounding the team all season, Furkan Korkmaz believes the team should just put it all behind them and start fresh.

Moving On

#Sixers reserve forward Furkan Korkmaz: "Starting today, I think we all should forget about what happened this year. We shouldn't even be talking about it, just to be ready for the next year."

— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) May 13, 2022

Speaking to reporters, the key reserve says the Sixers should put the past season in their rear view mirror and completely stop talking about it.

“Starting today, I think we all should forget about what happened this year,” he said. “We shouldn’t even be talking about it, just to be ready for the next year.”

With the Ben Simmons drama, Embiid’s injury, Doc Rivers rumors and Matisse Thybulle ineligibility, it’s clear there were a lot of distractions and Korkmaz might be right in wanting to put all of that behind him.

However, Korkmaz saw his numbers drop across the board after signing the three-year, $15 million deal, so he can’t be absolved completely, but this was a tumultuous year for the Sixers.

One glaring weakness for the Sixers is their bench, and that will certainly have to be an area that gets addressed in the offseason. There’s no clear answer on the roster at the moment as to who can step up and fill the void, so the Sixers will have to make some moves happen to make improvements there.

Korkmaz said his problems for this past season were sometimes mental and sometimes physical, but he didn’t go much deeper than that.

Furkan Korkmaz says that his problems this season were sometimes mental and sometimes physical. He didn’t want to really get into what the issue was but he’s confident he knows what he needs to do in the offseason to get back on track #Sixers

— Justin Grasso (@JGrasso_) May 13, 2022

He’s still on a very affordable and team-friendly deal, so he could come back and play an important role for the Sixers, or he could be shipped out of town just as easily.

Big Summer Ahead

Getty ImagesJoel Embiid and James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers.

With James Harden saying he’ll be picking up his player option, the team will be running it back with the same duo, but the supporting cast will likely look a lot different.

Tobias Harris has been floated as a player that could be flipped for more assets, but there’s no telling what the plan is just yet.

Head coach is another area where the Sixers could make a change, and there are many people out there who think Rivers has already coached his last game for the team. He has been connected to the opening with the Los Angeles Lakers, and now the timing is right for him to make a jump.

Nothing has been announced as of yet, but there are already fans naming his potential replacement in the event he is let go. One thing’s for certain and it’s that this summer will be a very important one for the Sixers.

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Getty Sixers rookie Charles Bassey has a huge summer ahead of him as he looks to earn the backup center spot behind Joel Embiid.

The backup center spot was one of the most highly-debated topics in Philadelphia after the All-Star break. Losing Andre Drummond in the James Harden trade left them devoid of a big man behind starter Joel Embiid.

They trotted out DeAndre Jordan to start the postseason before finally settling in on Paul Reed. That move gets an incomplete grade heading into the offseason. Reed certainly showed promise, but he’s more of a power forward than a center. The guy that the Philadephia 76ers really need to develop this summer is Charles Bassey, their second-round pick out of Western Kentucky.

At 6-foot-11, the young Nigerian has all the makings of a Drummond clone if he can bulk up. Bassey could stand to add about 50 pounds to his wiry 230-pound frame. It’s something the organization needs him to do. Head coach Doc Rivers noted that Bassey got “pushed around” during his rookie year.

“And then Charles [Bassey], I love that kid,” Rivers told reporters. “I don’t know if he’s ready yet. I would say he needs to get stronger. He gets pushed around pretty easy, offensively he’s raw but he’s not as raw as you think. But he has the chance to have a huge summer and as far as development we need him to. And we’re going to push him. Gotta get him stronger. That’s the number one thing.”

The 21-year-old went 53rd overall in the 2021 NBA draft, then spent the majority of the 2021-22 campaign down in the G League. He was pretty dominant for the Delaware Blue Coats, averaging 18.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in 17 games along with 3.4 blocks per contest. He was named to the All-NBA G League Second Team, NBA G League All-Defensive Team, and NBA G League All-Rookie Team.

Bassey is averaging 35.0 points and 16.5 boards over his last two games. Check out his best plays from a career-high night! ???? pic.twitter.com/Lv0dUlQoUj

— NBA G League (@nbagleague) April 3, 2022

Yes, the kid has all the physical tools. And Bassey is prepared to take the next step when it comes to developing at the Las Vegas Summer League in July.

“What I did [well] this year, make sure I do that better next year,” Bassey told The Inquirer. “I know I’m hungry, and I know I’m going to improve this summer.”

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Doc Rivers Shares Funny Paul Reed Story

Reed is going to have a major role for the Sixers moving forward. His hustle plays on the offensive glass didn’t go unnoticed in the postseason, especially when he was banging underneath against Bam Adebayo.

He averaged 3.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game versus Miami, although his penchant for picking up unnecessary fouls sent him to the bench earlier than everyone wanted. He’ll work on that.

“I’m going to compete with anybody and I’m not scared,” Reed said. “I’m not going to back down. I ain’t gonna fold. I knew that about myself going into it, but now I feel like the organization [knows] that about me.”

Paul Reed was asked about sharing some of his goals. He said that he wants to add "10 to 15 inches to my vertical."

— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) May 13, 2022

Rivers told a funny story about Reed after he delivered a motivational message to the team before he sent them home for the summer. Reed took it literally and hopped up out of his seat to go hit the gym.

“The reason we love him is because I’m talking about work and all of a sudden he stands up and he starts to stretch like we’re about to start practice right now,” Rivers told reporters on May 13. “But [love] his energy and the kid wants to get it right.

“This year with him in particular, just getting him to understand who he is and how he can be a better player now. It took a while and it grew and he started really focusing on execution, being in the right spot, and he did that. And eventually, he earned minutes.”

Turns out Paul Reed was 100% serious about adding 10-15 inches to his vertical. pic.twitter.com/d2siTOgp77

— Austin Krell (@NBAKrell) May 17, 2022

Embiid’s Teammates See ‘Fearless Competitor’

Joel Embiid played suffered through a broken face and sprained thumb for the better part of two playoff series. The Sixers lost in the second round despite the Phantom of the Process’ best efforts. Embiid clearly wasn’t the MVP candidate from the regular season, but he still averaged 19.8 points and 9.8 rebounds against the Heat.

“You get to see a pissed off Joel. You’re welcome!”

-Georges Niang today before Game 5 on Joel Embiid not winning MVP pic.twitter.com/MO94X4ujQQ

— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) May 10, 2022

He was a warrior in every sense of the word despite some confusing criticism from local media. Don’t bring that noise into the Sixers’ locker room.

“He’s a fearless competitor. And I think Joel would do anything for this organization and for his teammates,” Georges Niang said. “And I think he showed that, with all the injuries that he played through, you know all the scrutiny — guys missing on the roster, he still showed up every night and he was willing to get out there, put himself out there, and try to win and bring this organization a title.”

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