Player News - 76ers

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The Miami Heat are reportedly interested in bringing on JaVale McGee.

McGee is due to clear waivers on Wednesday, and we'll be following this story closely. So far the Mavs and Heat have been reported to have interest in acquiring McGee's services, but the sense is that there are more teams out there also intrigued by McGee. To be clear, we don't expect him to offer any fantasy value to owners in most leagues regardless of where he lands.
Mar 3 - 5:56 PM

The Mavericks are reportedly "seriously interested" in signing JaVale McGee.

While the Mavericks have significant interest in McGee, it's being reported that the list of interested teams stretches well beyond Dallas, which is a rather strange sentence to write. McGee couldn't earn significant minutes playing for the 76ers, so he's going to have difficulty leaving the bench on an actual championship contender. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues regardless of where he lands.
Mar 3 - 4:56 PM

Ish Smith scored 19 points with five rebounds, nine assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

Coach Brett Brown already said that he likes Smith as a backup point guard, so he's not going to leapfrog Isaiah Canaan for the starting gig. That doesn't necessarily mean he won't outproduce him. In his last two games, he's averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 boards, 7.0 boards and 1.0 treys. He is worth a look in 16-team leagues.
Mar 3 - 12:10 AM

Jerami Grant scored just four points with two rebounds, four assists and one block in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Monday during a 114-103 loss.

The playing time was there, but Grant just couldn't hit any of his four open 3-pointers. He had a ton of highlights tonight: Grant stuffed Terrence Ross on a jam, had a sweet offensive board and follow slam, and had a couple very nice dimes. Just keep an eye on him for now. Robert Covington (elbow) could play Wednesday.
Mar 2 - 10:42 PM

Thomas Robinson scored 13 points in 15 minutes against the Raptors on Monday with five rebounds and one assist.

He is just an animal on the glass. Robinson didn't really see his playing time rise with the 76ers missing a couple starters, so it looks like his playing time is going to be capped. As attractive as his upside is for points leagues, he can be kept on the wire in most cases. Owners in standard leagues are going to need him to play a ton to be valuable.
Mar 2 - 10:34 PM

Nerlens Noel made all seven shots from the field for 17 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block against the Raptors on Monday.

His offensive game has been the story lately. Perhaps the highlight is making 83.3 percent of his 6.0 free throw attempts per game over his last five, averaging 13.4 points, 9.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 blocks, 1.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers on 48.8 percent from the field. He's one of the hottest properties in fantasy hoops right now.
Mar 2 - 10:19 PM

Isaiah Canaan made 5-of-12 from the field for 14 points with one rebound, three assists and four 3-pointers against the Raptors on Monday.

He played a lot of shooting guard tonight, which is basically what his role is when he's on the court for offense. Canaan has not played well in his last few games and has been clearly outplayed by Ish Smith. However, the 76ers are committed to him for next season and are going to want to develop him, so he should be able to get minutes in the 25-29 range. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
Mar 2 - 10:01 PM

Isaiah Canaan is still going to start on Monday against the Raptors.

He was benched to start the second half because his play has been flat-out abysmal, but coach Brett Brown has his back. "We can grow Isaiah," Brown said. "Contractually we have a greater commitment to Isaiah. Ish [Smith] is a proven backup. Best of two worlds." With so many pickups out there like Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic, it makes sense to swap out Canaan for someone who has played well. Still, the upside is well worth monitoring or even owning in standard leagues.
Mar 2 - 5:47 PM

JaKarr Sampson and Henry Sims will start for the 76ers on Monday against the Raptors.

In his previous 15 starts, Sampson averaged just 6.7 points, 2.5 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 19.4 minutes, so it's hard to get excited about him getting the nod tonight. However, Jerami Grant will likely see a big increase in playing time. Robert Covington (elbow) is out tonight and he was benched for much of last week's game against the Bucks, which allowed Grant to play a career-high 33 minutes. If you're looking to invest on somebody on the Philly wing (a $50 bill maybe?), it makes sense to go with Grant.
Mar 2 - 5:38 PM

Jason Richardson (rest) will not play on Monday against the Raptors.

It is not a surprise at all on the second night of a back-to-back set. Richardson has actually played very well lately, scoring double figures in each of his last three. He's worth using in some leagues, but sitting out back-to-backs is a little too annoying for standard leagues. The last time J-Rich sat out, Hollis Thompson scored 22, and should get over 30 minutes tonight. Expect to see more of Jerami Grant on the wing, too.
Mar 2 - 5:32 PM

Robert Covington (elbow) and Jason Richardson (rest) will not play Monday against the Raptors.

The 76ers are going to start Isaiah Canaan, JaKarr Sampson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims in a bigger lineup. As for Covington, he has a shot to play Wednesday and his elbow injury doesn't sound severe. That said, his owners will probably want to bench him given how he hasn't played well. To be clear, he should be owned in all leagues. Jerami Grant and Hollis Thompson benefit more than Sampson does for most fantasy owners.
Mar 2 - 5:27 PM

Sixers waive C JaVale McGee.

The Sixers made the move prior to midnight on March 1, meaning McGee will be eligible to join a playoff-bound team if one actually signs him to their active roster. We'll see if that happens.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 2 - 12:25 PM

The 76ers have agreed to waive JaVale McGee in time for him to sign with a playoff contender, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

Philadelphia will reportedly pay McGee the full amount he's owed, including a $12 million payout next season, and he's likely to sign a minimum deal to give a playoff-bound team more frontcourt depth. He's not a fantasy asset no matter where he lands after clearing waivers. Yahoo! Sports reports there are 10 teams that have already expressed interest, but that would mean a third of the NBA, and we're not buying that.
Source: USA Today
Mar 2 - 12:07 AM

JaVale McGee, who has been mentioned in buyout rumors, finished Sunday's road loss with three points, one rebound and one block in eight minutes off the 76ers bench.

McGee said before the game that he wasn't aware of any talks with Sixers management, and a buyout is now reportedly "unlikely." He won't be eligible for the playoffs if he's waived after midnight on Sunday, so a buyout would be implausible if it doesn't happen very soon.
Mar 1 - 9:50 PM

76ers F Thomas Robinson scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds in 25 bench minutes on Sunday, making 4-of-11 field goals and 1-of-3 free throws.

T-Rob failed to collect any defensive stats and the poor shooting is a downer for fantasy owners who gambled on him in deeper formats. He tied Ish Smith for the most minutes of any reserve player, but his limitations combined with Philly's topsy-turvy rotations make him a non-factor in standard leagues.
Mar 1 - 9:41 PM


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