"We're in a situation where we have a young nucleus of guys who have playoff experience, but we're going to grow with them," said Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski. "And to go long term on a contract with an older point guard, we don't see that as being a viable option."
I seem to recall last summer they felt "to go long term on a contract with an older"... PF for 80M was , " a viable option."
Can't really fault either decision at the time, but its hard to miss the sudden reversal. The team is rapidly becoming Elton Brand and the kids.
Now every team needs a balance of vets and youth, but...
12M total: Holiday+Young+Speights+Lou+Smith (ages 19-23)
12M: Iguodala(age 25)
11M total: Green+Kapono (Age 28)
15M: Brand (Age 30)
So they are building around youth while committed to 37M for 4 guys 28+ who are either highly flawed role players or have not made a significant NBA contribution since 2006/7 back when Brand was 27.
At least in 2 years Sam, Green and Kapono all come off the books.