Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Dario Saric, Joel Embiid and Malcolm Brogdon are the finalists for Rookie of the Year.

This one is going to be a close one with The Process clearly being the best rookie last season, but only playing in 31 games is definitely going to cost him some votes. Meanwhile, Saric went off as arguably Philly's best player after the break, averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 treys in his final 25 games. Brogdon was very consistent all year as a secondary weapon on the Bucks, but he'll certainly get some consideration.
May 19 - 8:03 PM

76ers GM Bryan Colangelo said he's still open to the idea of keeping Jahlil Okafor.

In other words, Colangelo is having a tough time finding a suitor for the big man. "I want to find a situation that’s great for us and great for Jahlil, and if that means him staying here then that’s great," Colangelo said. "He’s a great kid and a great player and we’re going to see how he fits with this group." Joel Embiid (knee) is expected to be a full go for the 2017-18 season and Okafor was outplayed by Richaun Holmes down the stretch, so it's hard to imagine him helping fantasy owners if he remains in Philly.
Source: CSN Philly
May 18 - 12:29 PM

Furkan Korkmaz is unlikely to join the 76ers for the 2017-18 season.

The 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft is expected to remain in Europe for at least one more season -- the 76ers have 11 players under contract for 2017-18 and have two first-round picks and four second-round picks. The 76ers are also expected to be busy in free agency with a lot of cap space to work with, and J.J. Redick is a rumored target. To make things even more complicated for Korkmaz, he has two years left on his deal and the 76ers would have to negotiate a buyout to bring him to the states.
May 18 - 11:09 AM

76ers GM Bryan Colangelo said Ben Simmons (foot) is "doing very well."

Simmons has progressed to 3-on-3 drills and has been working out for over a month. A report back on April 12 indicated that Simmons is "fully healed," but the 76ers are still erring on the side of caution and are ramping up his workload very slowly. He's not expected to play in the Summer League, but it sounds like he's on track to be ready for training camp.
May 17 - 12:55 PM

Joel Embiid said he intends to play every game of the 2017-18 season.

"[My offseason goal is to] make sure my body's ready because I think next year I'll be able to play almost every game," Embiid said. "Just make sure my body's ready to take on the toll of the NBA schedule, back-to-backs, but I intend to play every game and we're going to see how it goes." He had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus back in March, but he's expected to be back on the court in 2-3 weeks. Embiid will have another scan in the upcoming weeks, and he's hoping to be cleared for jumping and 5-on-5 drills in the near future.
Source: CSN Philly
May 17 - 11:00 AM

Joel Embiid (knee) said on Tuesday that his rehab is going great and that he will be "back on the court in two to three weeks."

Embiid had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus on March 24th. This is the first update we've had since Embiid had the arthroscopic procedure done. He will obviously have plenty of time to recover and get ready for training camp next fall. Embiid will be one of the more fiercely debated players heading into fantasy drafts next season. His upside is incredible, but the injury history makes him a remarkably risky picks in the early rounds.
May 16 - 1:12 PM

The 76ers are hoping to sign Robert Covington to a contract extension during the offseason.

He currently has one of the best contracts in the NBA as he's scheduled to make $1.5 million for the final year of his deal. The 76ers can't afford to risk letting Covington walk as an unrestricted free agent next summer, so an extension is likely a top priority for the franchise. The forward had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee back in mid-April, but he should be cleared to resume basketball activities sometime in June. The 26-year-old wing is a fantasy stud and posted averages of 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.9 steals and 2.0 treys on his way to a top-40 finish in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 10:02 AM

Sixers coach Brett Brown said that he believes Ben Simmons will not play in any summer league games.

Brown did say that Simmons continues to make progress, but it appears that the Sixers will err on the side of caution and keep Simmons out of game action. With the inordinate number of injuries Philadelphia has had to deal with, it is an understandable approach.
May 13 - 10:00 AM

Ben Simmons (foot) posted a video of himself dunking during a workout at the Sixers training complex on Thursday.

Simmons received clearance from the Philadelphia medical staff to start working out last month. He has now ramped up the activity to include live ball drills. In the video linked to below, Simmons spins by a defender and dunks over a separate workout partner. It will be interesting to see if Simmons plays in the Summer League in July. As of now, it appears the Sixers are leaning towards keeping him on the sidelines.
May 12 - 11:07 AM

Furkan Korkmaz wants to join the 76ers for the 2017-18 season according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft was recently named the Best Young Player of the Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.4 points and shot 48.8 percent from 3-point range. The 6'8" SG has two years left on his deal, so negotiating a buyout could be tricky and expensive. Pompey adds that Korkmaz needs to get stronger and a little more polished to play in the NBA, so even if does come to the states this summer, it will be hard for him to make an immediate impact.
May 11 - 12:35 PM

Sergio Rodriguez said he is "totally available" to play for Spain at Eurobasket 2017.

Rodriguez will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after spending a season with the Sixers. "It is very important to play for Spain, not only for what it represents but also for the great team we have. We can’t waste the chance to win a medal," said Rodriguez. "I am totally available to play for Spain at Eurobasket." Rodriguez also said earlier this month that he would prefer to stay in the NBA next season. However, assuming Jerryd Bayless is healthy, the Sixers have plenty of depth at PG and will likely pass.
May 9 - 9:16 AM

Sergio Rodriguez said he would prefer to remain in the NBA next season.

Rodriguez, who signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sixers last summer, is an unrestricted free agent. "My desire is to continue in the NBA, but there will be time to talk about the contract," said Rodriguez on Thursday. S-Rod averaged 7.8 points, 5.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 2016-17. With Jerryd Bayless healthy, and T.J. McConnell still under contract, and Ben Simmons expected to play some point as well, the Sixers likely won't have any interest in bringing back Rodriguez.
May 5 - 12:40 PM

Furkan Korkmaz was named the Best Young Player of the Basketball Champions League.

The 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft averaged 10.4 points and shot 48.8 percent from 3-point range in eight total appearances in the BCL. A 6'8" shooting guard, Korkmaz could join the 76ers as soon as this summer if he can negotiate a buyout with his Turkish club. The 76ers could use some 3-point shooting, so he would certainly be someone to watch if he makes his way over to the states. For what it's worth, Sixers president Bryan Colangelo was in Spain last week to evaluate his progress.
May 1 - 11:31 AM

Sixers president Bryan Colangelo is in Spain this week to watch Furkan Korkmaz.

Philadelphia selected Korkmaz, a 6'8" shooting guard, with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft. Korkmaz had an unmanageable $2 million buyout last summer and thus spent the season overseas. He averaged 8.4 points in 16 Turkish league games and 10.9 points (while shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point territory) in eight BCL games. Korkmaz is still under contract for the 2017-18 season. So, depending on the buyout numbers, he may have to spend another season in Europe before heading to the NBA.
Apr 28 - 11:32 AM

Robert Covington had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Per Sixers team doctors, Covington is expected to resume full weight bearing in two weeks and begin basketball activities this summer. Last week, RoCo said that full recovery time is usually 4-6 weeks, but that he might be able to beat that estimate because he had a head start on rehab. Also, Covington said the that the MRI showed it was "just a baby tear." He should certainly be ready to roll by the time training camp arrives.
Apr 18 - 12:27 PM


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