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76ers have not prioritized extending TJ McConnell, according to source

The Philadelphia 76ers have an important decision to make in the summer of 2019. There will be a market for backup point guard, TJ McConnell, and according to sources, the Sixers have not made an effort to extend the point guard.

“If they were planning to extend him, I’d imagine we would have heard about it,” one source told me. “They leak every other mundane detail about their plans and strategies.”

McConnell will be an unrestricted free agent next year, which means the team will not have the luxury to match any offer he receives. They’ll have to compete with market, and to this point, it looks like that will become a reality.

“I wouldn’t say the Sixers have made it a priority, given his lack of a contract extension,” the source explained. “So, I’d imagine he will test the open market and go with the team who wants him the most.”

In 22.4 minutes this past season, McConnell averaged 6.3 points, four assists, and three rebounds. He shot 49.9 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from three. He turned 26 years old in March and will be entering his fourth season in the NBA.

McConnell is one of six current members of the Sixers who will be unrestricted free agents in 2019; a list that includes Wilson Chandler, JJ Redick, Jerryd Bayless, Amir Johnson, Mike Muscala, and the aforementioned McConnell.

Brian Jacobs

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