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76ers reportedly pursued Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard as restricted free agents

Nov 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone knows the plan in Philadelphia by now, which is to try to grab superstars in the draft in hopes that they can help rebuild the franchise by becoming team cornerstones for years to come.

But as it turns out, the Sixers are open to jump-starting that process through free agency, as well.

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

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Restricted free agents can't just up and leave, because their current teams can match any offer they might receive. That's why you rarely see All-Star talent like Butler and Leonard change teams under this specific set of circumstances.

But in Philadelphia, it's good to know that the team at least made the necessary calls to check on the possibilities.

(h/t: RealGM)