The 2003–04 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 65th season of the franchise, 55th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before the season the Sixers hired Randy Ayers to be their head coach. However, midseason, Ayers was fired, and interim head coach Chris Ford took over for the rest of the season. Team captain Allen Iverson was the topic of the team's 2003-04 season as he was marked by controversies and criticisms. Despite Iverson playing only 48 games due to injuries, he still was voted to start in the 2004 All-Star game. Before the season the team acquired All-Star forward Glenn Robinson and rookie Kyle Korver, who was drafted by the New Jersey Nets. The Sixers lost 15 more games than the previous season, finishing with a 33-49 record and missing the playoffs. Following the season, Eric Snow was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On July 16, the Sixers signed Amal McCaskill. McCaskill would play in more games with the Sixers than with all of his other previous NBA teams combined. One week later, the Sixers were involved in a four-team trade with the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Sixers traded Keith Van Horn to the Knicks, as well as Randy Holcomb and a 2007 first-round draft pick to the Hawks. The Hawks did not receive the draft pick because it was lottery protected, so they received cash instead. The Hawks traded Glenn Robinson and a 2006 second-round draft pick to the Sixers. The Timberwolves traded Marc Jackson to Philadelphia. Robinson would start all of the games he played in for Philadelphia. Jackson would only play in 22 games with the 76ers.