The Sixers should look to be buyers this summer, while they still have a cap advantage over a majority of teams in the league. Whether it be acquiring players to build the team with, or simply using the space to take on an unattractive contract in addition to other assets, the Sixers should be listening. That cap space advantage will be largely neutralized when the salary cap jumps in 2016.
Along with the piles of picks, the main weapon that the Sixers have amassed throughout their recent rebuild is a copious amount of cap space.
With Hinkie at the helm over the past couple years, the team has unloaded a number of chunky contracts - Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young - while not taking on anything significant back. In making these moves, Hinkie virtually cleared the books for the Sixers, providing them with ample space to sign free agents, both now and down the road, while not having any substantial financial ties moving forward. Theoretically, this ample amount of cap space should provide the Sixers with a tactical advantage over other teams with less space when it comes to acquiring free agents. With all the space amassed, the Sixers could potentially offer more money than other suitors, or sign a couple of high-priced talents simultaneously.
If the league's salary cap was going to remain consistent for the foreseeable future, that would be the case, as the Sixers would have financial flexibility that not many other teams would enjoy. However, with the incoming cap jump – the salary cap is supposed to jump to $108 million for the 2017-18 season – all teams will see their overall cap space balloon, as they will suddenly have increased space with which to operate, and to spend on players. The Sixers will eventually benefit from the salary jump, as will all teams, but in the meantime, it kind of nullifies the space the team has amassed in the present.