WHY SIXERS BETTER BRING BACK OUBRE, BATUM AND LOWRY!

By Tommy Matthews

Even before the Sixers delve into the free agent market on June 30, they have some business to clean up:

Signing their own potential free agents.

Nicolas Batum, Kelly Oubre and Kyle Lowry are most likely to return.

They’ve proven to be a good fit alongside Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, and they’re affordable, which will be an important consideration when Morey tries to round out the roster after hopefully landing at least one big name on the free agent market.

Batum is at the top of Philadelphia’s list of players to re-sign, according to the Inky’s Keith Pompey.

The versatile swingman appeared in 57 games and made 38 starts after being acquired as part of the James Harden trade last November. The Sixers hold Bird rights on the 35-year-old, who made $11.7 million last season and has a $17.5 million cap hold. He wound up loving Philadelphia.

Decisions on Oubre and Lowry will be affected by what they’re willing to sign for.

Oubre is likely to get an $8 million room exception offer from another team, while the Sixers will need him to sign in the $6 million to $8 million range if they add another max player in free agency.

The team has a $3.3 million cap hold on Lowry, who accepted $2.9 million for the rest of the season when he signed on February 13. Lowry said after the playoffs ended that he intends to keep playing, but he didn’t specify that he plans to stay in his hometown of Philadelphia.

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