Player News - 76ers

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Isaiah Canaan will become a free agent after the 76ers declined to make him a qualifying offer.

Canaan's season ended with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, and his inefficiency might have prompted the Sixers to decline the offer. The third-year guard hasn't shot better than 37.7 percent in his career, and his ability to lead an offense is questionable with a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. No matter where he ends up next season, he's unlikely to be more than a 3-point specialist.
Jun 29 - 10:17 PM

The 76ers are working on a deal to sign Dario Saric this month.

He told reporters he is heading to Philly and it sounds like it'll happen for next season. Saric is going to have to pay some money out of his own pocket for his buyout from his Turkish club, but the 76ers should be able to help him out. He really came on late in the Euroleague and would be in the rotation for coach Brett Brown. He's only a late-round flier for now.
Jun 29 - 4:54 PM

The 76ers have picked up their fourth-year team option on Hollis Thompson.

While Thompson did show some minor improvements during the 2015-16 season, he still only managed to connect on 39.7 percent of his shot attempts. With guys like Dario Saric and Ben Simmons set to join the team, and Joel Embiid likely to make his 76ers' debut next year, Thompson will struggle to get enough touches to matter in most leagues.
Jun 29 - 10:53 AM

Dario Saric stated during a recent interview that he intends to join the 76ers next season.

Saric said that while he has one more year remaining on his contract with his Turkish club, he gave his word to the 76ers that he would come stateside after two years, and his word is more important than a piece of paper. All signs point to Saric completing a buyout with his European club and making his NBA debut next season. It'll be interesting to see what kind of role he earns during his rookie year, but he'll likely hurt the value of Jerami Grant.
Jun 29 - 10:48 AM

Timothe Luwawu views himself as a complete player.

"I think [the international experience has] helped me to play against older guys," Luwawu said. "They are tough. They make me ready for the NBA. I like to say I'm a complete player," he added. "I play defense, offense and have leadership. I play the fastbreak and shoot the 3s. I like to do everything on the court." The expectation is that Luwawu will come over from overseas immediately, but nothing is certain as of yet.
Jun 27 - 11:53 AM

Ben Simmons won't commit to summer league until he signs his deal with the 76ers.

"We just need to work out all the details and try to get that all taken care of," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said. "I think once that is addressed and discussed and taken care of, there shouldn't be anything that would hold that process and we'll get the ink on paper as soon as possible. I think it'll be a clear path at that point." Colangelo did say that it's "probable" that Simmons will play this summer, but rookies can't sign their deals until July 1 which is also the first day the 76ers begin their minicamp in Salt Lake City. To be clear, Simmons is simply following the advice of his agent.
Jun 25 - 10:24 AM

Shawn Long has signed a two-year partially guaranteed deal with the 76ers.

The senior from Louisiana-Lafayette averaged 18.9 points, 12.1 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.8 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers. "I call him a stretch five, stretch four," Sixers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley said. "He has the ability to go out make a shot." The 76ers have a logjam in their frontcourt, so Long may have a tough time making the final 15-man roster.
Jun 25 - 10:16 AM

The Celtics "supposedly wanted" Nerlens Noel and Philadelphia's future first-round pick from the Lakers in exchange for the 2016 No. 3 pick, a source told Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times.

That is quite the hefty price tag and the 76ers were right to turn it down. The Lakers' pick is going to be top-three protected again next year, so it likely would've been another high lottery pick. With the 76ers saying Ben Simmons is going to play power forward, they likely have to move Noel or Jahlil Okafor.
Jun 25 - 12:46 AM

Furkan Korkmaz is highly unlikely to play in Summer League.

He is going to be playing with the Turkish national team this summer. Korkmaz is extremely raw at just 18 years old, but he was one of the best shooters in the draft. He almost certainly will be overseas for at least one year.
Jun 24 - 6:22 PM

The 76ers have signed James Webb III to a two-year partially-guaranteed deal.

The last thing the 76ers need is more depth at the forward positions, so Webb III may have a difficult time making the final roster unless Philly makes some trades. The Boise State forward averaged 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds during his sophomore campaign.
Jun 24 - 9:50 AM

The 76ers selected Furkan Korkmaz with the No. 26 pick in the Draft.

He’s only 18, but Korkmaz is one of the best shooters in this draft class. He made 43.2 percent from beyond the arc at Euro League on 1.4 attempts per game. On the other hand, he only made 35.0 percent from inside the arc and 57.1 percent from the line. He also has length at 6’7", so he can slide from a two to a three once he puts on some weight — he only weighs 185 pounds. The 76ers desperately need his shooting right away, but he is going to be stashed overseas for at least one season.
Jun 23 - 10:28 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have selected Timothe Luwawu with the No. 24 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Initially believed to be taken higher than 24th overall, the Sixers will be happy to scoop up Luwawu in this position. One of the most difficult prospects in this draft to project, the 21-year-old French wing did sprain his ankle last year and the injury kept him out of the playoffs for the Serbian League just when he was turning the corner. Luwawu played 31.1 minutes per game with Mega Leks, averaging 14.6 points, 4.8 boards, 1.7 steals and 2.1 treys. He’ll be relying on his athleticism a lot—he's one of the best athletes in the draft—but he lacks basketball skills at this early stage of his career. He needs to develop as a defender, but a path to playing time can certainly be carved out if Luwawu comes stateside and shows capable early on. For what it's worth, Luwawu said he plans to play in the NBA during the 2016-17 campaign. When it comes to upcoming fantasy drafts, you should be able to do better.
Jun 23 - 10:19 PM

The 76ers selected forward Ben Simmons with the first pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Did trusting the process finally work? Simmons has an NBA-ready body with the athleticism and play-making ability to go with it. He wants to be a point-forward and coach Brett Brown has said he likes how Simmons can play different positions. However, he has some trouble with his jumper and made just one 3-pointer his entire freshman season. Simmons was dominant around the rim with a 75.2 field goal percentage within three feet while going to the line an eye-popping 9.0 times per game. The 6’10" forward put up big-time averages of 19.2 points, 11.8 boards, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks on 56.0 percent from the field. He only made 67.0 percent on that high-volume free throw total, so he likely won’t be a difference maker in his first season in standard leagues. Simmons will put up huge numbers in DFS and points leagues.
Jun 23 - 7:38 PM

The 76ers are reportedly offering Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington and picks Nos. 24 and 26 to the Celtics, in exchange for the No. 3 pick.

The Bulls are also pursuing the No. 3 pick and both Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder have been mentioned in those trade discussions. We'll know soon enough whether Boston decides to part with the No. 3 pick.
Jun 23 - 7:33 PM

The 76ers have reportedly had "significant engagement" with the Celtics (3), Timberwolves (5) and Kings (8) over the past 24 hours as they try and secure a second lottery selection.

The 76ers will go with Ben Simmons No. 1 overall, but they would also reportedly like to bring in a point guard (likely Kris Dunn or Jamal Murray) with another high lottery selection. The 76ers are reportedly willing to throw in Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor to make this deal happen, and their talks with Boston remain ongoing.


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