By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)
If I told you the Sixers acquired a player who has appeared in the NBA Finals in all three seasons he has been in the league, chances are you would view that as pretty exciting news. But if I then told you that player had played a combined 30 minutes across those three Finals series, you would likely temper your enthusiasm. Such is the case for James Michael McAdoo, a two-time NBA champion at just 24 years of age, who signed a two-way contract with Philadelphia Saturday.
Philadelphia 76ers and free agent forward James Michael McAdoo have agreed to a two-way contract, a league source told @BBallInsiders.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) August 26, 2017
Taking one of the two available two-way contracts with the Sixers, McAdoo will be spending a maximum of 45 days with the big club this season and the rest of his time in the G-League with the Sevens. The 6’9″ big man went undrafted out of North Carolina, but spent the first three years of his career with the light-years-ahead Golden State Warriors. Across that time, McAdoo sported per-36 averages of 13.7 points on 53.5% shooting, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks.
Despite coming up in an environment which would give a young player every chance to excel, McAdoo has never appeared to be more than a fungible rotation big type. He’s gotten some run in big situations for the Warriors, but unlike someone like Patrick McCaw, you’ve more often wondered why McAdoo is out there than thought he looked poised to make some sort of developmental leap.
Even if McAdoo spends the maximum 45 days with the Sixers, the most money he can make is $279,000. With two-way contract players not counting against the 15-man roster limit, it’s not much of a risk for the Sixers to bring him on board from either an opportunity cost perspective or financially. He’ll log some minutes on nights when Joel Embiid is being rested or the team has a handful of injuries.
Maybe he still has some upside at 24, but it seems like this is the player McAdoo is at this point of his career. In the end, the signing is a fairly harmless move that will probably add some cachet to the Sevens roster more than anything.