Back in 2019, Matisse Thybulle was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and some people assumed he’d become an important part of the team and the “process” as Philly continued to become championship contenders.
In the three years since then, Thybulle hasn’t been the breakout star that some expected.
In 2021-22, the guard averaged 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.
Philadelphia 76ers and Matisse Thybulle do not reach deal on rookie-scale extension by the deadline and he will become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2022-23 season, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 17, 2022
Over the last few weeks, speculation has reigned about Thybulle’s future with the team.
It was time for him and the team to reach a deal on his rookie-scale extension but would that be possible?
The 76ers and Thybulle were not able to reach that deal on the extension by the deadline on Monday.
This means that he will become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2022-23 season.
What does that mean for his season ahead?
The 2022-23 season is now even more important since Philly and Thybulle couldn’t make a deal.
Once he becomes a restricted agent next summer, Thybulle will see the sort of interest he generates throughout the league.
If he has a good season then he could be offered a huge payday from another team.
Of course, the 76ers will have the chance to match any deal since he will be restricted.
Either way, if he has a good upcoming season then Thybulle could lay the groundwork for a very big payday and a promising future in the league.
He started in 50 games last season and played in 66.
If he matches those numbers in 2022-23, he will have many opportunities to show his stuff and perform well and impress.
That is now more important than ever.
Thybulle needs to play well for himself, his team, and his future.