The 76ers still like what they see in Furkan Korkmaz.
The team agreed Monday night to re-sign the 24-year-old wing to a three-year, $15 million contract, his agents, Mike Lindeman and Jeff Schwartz of Excel Basketball, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Since the Sixers had Korkmaz’s Bird Rights, they were able to sign him without being restricted by the salary cap.
Korkmaz has been with the Sixers since being selected 26th overall in the 2016 NBA draft. He expressed after the Sixers’ loss to the Hawks in game seven of their second-round series that he’d like to return.
“I’ve been here for four years,” he said. “I call Philly a home. I love this city, I love this organization. I would like to come back here, but free agency works differently — the front office, a lot of things going on — you never know. It’s not in your hands.
“I hope I will be in the best fit for myself, either here or somewhere else. But definitely, I would like to come back here. Like I said, I call Philly a home.”
Korkmaz has shot 39% from three-point range over the past two seasons and brought value in part through his desire to fire from long range. Defense and dependability have generally been his primary weaknesses, though the Sixers have been pleased with his development.
When Danny Green suffered a right calf strain in the series against Atlanta, head coach Doc Rivers inserted Korkmaz into the Sixers’ starting lineup. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds over the series’ final three games, shooting 35.5% from the floor and 25% from three-point territory.
Green, Korkmaz, and Dwight Howard were the Sixers’ three significant unrestricted free agents.
Unfortunately, Howard ended up going back to the Los Angeles Lakers.
As of 8:05pm ET, the future of Green is up in the air.