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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

76ers reportedly interested in Dion Waiters, again

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The Sixers just can't shake these Dion Waiters rumors.
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Once again, the Sixers and Philadelphia native Dion Waiters are linked together.

According to a report from Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, the Sixers are interested in acquiring the shooting guard from Cleveland.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

76ers (early) 15-man opening night roster projection

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With Summer League officially over, and training camp still a while away, the Sixers are entering the quieter portion of their offseason.  There are still a few fringe free agents available to be signed, but as expected, the Sixers have been pretty quiet this summer, and will likely continue to be.

Rather than adding a plethora of players, the Sixers’ roster for the upcoming season will largely consist of returning players, draft picks, and prospects. Thus, while the team’s roster and rotation for the 2014-15 NBA season is far from set in stone, it is possible to get an idea of what the opening day roster will look like, considering current contracts and Summer League performances.

Keeping in mind that moves could be made to affect the rotation, here’s a look at what the Sixers’ opening day roster may look like.

Players under contract

1. Thaddeus Young – Young, who seems to be perpetually involved in trade talks, is entering the last year of his current contract with the Sixers. He has a player option for 2015-16, but after another stuggle of a season with the Sixers, no one would be shocked to see him split. But, barring a trade, Young will be starting for the Sixers come opening night.

2. Michael Carter-Williams – It is safe to assume that the reigning Rookie of the Year will be back in a starting spot for the Sixers this season. Despite some draft day rumors, Carter-Williams is still a Sixer, and he figures to be a big part of the franchise going forward. 

Nerlens Noel may have the most immediate impact of any rookie

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The 2014 NBA Draft was one of the most highly-hyped in recent memory. By all accounts, the draft contained tons of talent, and it is expected to provide the NBA with at least a few future all-stars.

It is difficult to evaluate a draft class prior to the start of the inaugural season, but if the Summer League showings over the past couple weeks were any indication, that hype was not misplaced. The incoming rookie class is stock full of talented young players popping with potential, some of whom may have immediate impact.

There’s the high-flying Andrew Wiggins, who already appears to be a tightened-handle away from being a legitimate offensive option. There’s sharp-shooting Doug McDermott, who has already begun to ease fears about his transition from college to professional play. Jabari Parker was solid, if not spectacular throughout his summer league stint, displaying the skill set that made him such a promising prospect.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Report: Evan Turner to sign with Celtics

And he has a home!

Free agency talk was pretty quiet on the Evan Turner front throughout the summer so far, but the former Sixers' second pick has finally found a new place to call home.

Check out the original article from Philly.com here.
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Philadelphia had high hopes for Evan Turner after drafting him with the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

After three and a half mostly underwhelming seasons with the Sixers however, Turner’s time with the team came to an end, and he was shipped to the Pacers in a deadline deal that netted the Sixers a second-round pick.

There were expectations again in Indiana, as many thought the addition of Turner would solidify the Pacers’ playoff chances. Instead, Turner struggled in Indiana, and could not find consistent minutes as the Pacers made their playoff push. Indiana’s season came to a disappointing end, and Evan Turner, a free-agent who was just a few years removed from being one of the top collegiate players in the country, faced an uncertain future.

Free agency began, and rumors were generated faster than they could be reported, but aside from a few whispers here and there, Evan Turner was not a topic of conversation.

Glen Rice Jr. Named NBA Summer League MVP

From the NBA:

               LAS VEGAS, July 20, 2014 – Glen Rice, Jr. of the Washington Wizards was unanimously named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014, while nine additional standout players highlight the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First and Second teams, as selected by a panel of media members.  The summer classic has featured 24 teams competing in a total of 67 games over 11 days and will culminate tomorrow night in the Championship game between the 14th seeded Houston Rockets and the 8th seeded Sacramento Kings. The Championship game will air live on NBA TV at 9 p.m. Eastern/ 6 p.m. Pacific.   

Rice, Jr. played in six games in Las Vegas, helping the Wizards advance to the semifinals of the Samsung NBA Summer League tournament and secure a 5-1 record at the event.  He averaged a league-leading 25 points on .469 shooting, to go along with 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals.

Rice, Jr. is joined on the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team by Wizards teammate Otto Porter, along with Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott and Tony Snell and Donatas Motiejunas of the Houston Rockets.

Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Tim Hardaway, Jr. (New York Knicks), Jordan McRae (Philadelphia 76ers), Russ Smith (New Orleans Pelicans) and T.J. Warren (Phoenix Suns) make up the Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team. 

Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 has featured a tournament-style schedule for the second consecutive year, with the Golden State Warriors having won the inaugural championship in 2013.  Each of the participating teams played three games apiece between July 11 and 15 before being seeded in the tournament, which tipped off on July 16 and will run through the championship game on July 21.

The Samsung All-NBA Summer League teams are listed below.

Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team
Doug McDermott – Chicago Bulls
Donatas Motiejunas – Houston Rockets
Otto Porter – Washington Wizards
Glen Rice, Jr. – Washington Wizards
Tony Snell – Chicago Bulls

Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team
Rudy Gobert – Utah Jazz
Tim Hardaway, Jr. – New York Knicks
Jordan McRae – Philadelphia 76ers
Russ Smith – New Orleans Pelicans
T.J. Warren – Phoenix Suns

Andrew Bynum may sit out 2014-15 NBA season

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-- Andrew Bynum, famous in Philadelphia for sitting on the sidelines, may be doing exactly that again next season.

According to a report from the New York Post, the seven-foot center is "seriously contemplating" sitting out the entire 2014-15 NBA season in order to undergo a German-based knee therapy called "The Regenokine Program."

Bynum played in 26 total games last season for the Cavaliers and then the Pacers, after staying sidelined for the entirety of the 2012-13 season for the Sixers.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Michael Carter-Williams invited to Team USA camp, won't participate

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According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Sixers’ reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams was honored with an invite to Team USA Camp in Vegas later this month as a member of the select squad.

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The USA Select Team practices with the National Team, and participates in drills and scrimmages with them throughout the three-day camp.  
It is a nice honor to be asked, as the Select Team is typically comprised of some of the league’s best up-and-coming young players. Carter-Williams however, will be unable to participate as he continues to recover from his recent shoulder surgery.

On the heels of a successful rookie season, practicing with basketball’s best would have been excellent experience for Carter-Williams, but getting his body back to full strength before season’s start is his top priority.

If he can build upon the success of his rookie season and continue to improve and expand, he will have many more opportunities to play with Team USA.