When the Sixers handed the reins of the front office to president of basketball operations and general manager Bryan Colangelo, he inherited a situation that was equal parts promising and dangerous. Although Sam Hinkie's rebuilding plan showed signs of promise in terms of young players and future picks, his inability to show improvement after three years ultimately led to his demise. This offseason finally seemed like the one where the team would see gradual improvement by selectively playing the free agent market, but the owners were seemingly ready to move on.

By bringing in a new general manager for the second act of the rebuild, Josh Harris had essentially poured kerosene on Hinkie's work and handed the younger Colangelo a match. Colangelo was expected to appease both the owners and commissioner Adam Silver by putting together a competitive Sixers team over the course of a summer where the salary cap rose astronomically, and the team had over $50 million to play with. The potential for disaster was certainly there, and at times it felt nearly inevitable. Yet after ten days of free agency, the 51-year-old former Executive of the Year has steadfastly kept Philadelphia on the path to a championship that Hinkie began constructing three years ago, moving through one of the NBA's wackiest financial periods with grace and purpose.

Outside of the top tier of players which Philadelphia is not yet appealable too, the drop off in proven talent was rather severe. This free agency class is filled primarily with role players befitting of solid playoff teams looking to cash out with talent deficient organizations, and the Sixers fit the bill of a team looking to overpay. Players like Harrison Barnes, Allen Crabbe, and Tyler Johnson (among others) may prove to be valuable commodities for their respective teams, but the longterm, high money deals they inevitably received was too much risk for relatively dubious talent.