Player News - 76ers

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The 76ers will take the best player available with the No. 3 pick in the draft as opposed to the best fit.

General Manager Sam Hinkie lives for the draft, and he has made it clear that he has done his research. If Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are off the board when the 76ers pick, then D'Angelo Russell would likely head to Philly. However, a lot of things can change over the course of a few weeks, so we will be watching this story closely.
May 24 - 9:51 AM

General manager Sam Hinkie said the 76ers have "done a ton" to get ready for the draft.

Well, obviously. The 76ers and Celtics have one sixth of all the draft picks and will be busy. "We've really tried to do our work early in ways that might be unusual for the Sixers in the past," Hinkie said. "That's important to me. We really turned up the heat in a big way. It doesn't stop. I'm not wired well to say that's enough." For now, expect them to draft D'Angelo Russell with the third pick.
May 23 - 7:29 PM

Jordan McRae said that playing for the 76ers next year would be a "great opportunity."

"I think it’s a great opportunity here," McRae said following a workout at the Sixers’ practice facility earlier this week. "They’re rebuilding and a lot of spots are open right now. I’m just trying to make the best of it." McRae spent the 2014-15 season playing overseas in Australia and with the 76ers D-League affiliate, and he feels he become a better defender and a more efficient scorer during that time. McRae will have an opportunity to prove his worth during Summer League, and with the 76ers roster looking the way it does, he certainly will have the opportunity for minutes if he earns a deal for the 2015-16 season. We'll track his progress closely this offseason.
May 22 - 12:27 PM

The Celtics still have some interest in signing JaVale McGee this summer.

The Celtics had some interest in McGee when he was released back in March, but nobody picked him up. McGee won't have many suitors this summer and may only get a one-year deal.
May 20 - 3:47 PM

Dario Saric said he doesn't know whether he'll play in the NBA next season.

Saric was asked in a recent interview if he'll join the 76ers next season, but the 21-year-old declined to offer any specifics about his NBA future. "Next season? I don't know and I can't speak about that because I don't know yet the situation, how things are going to work out," Saric said. "If I stay here or if I go to the NBA, I will be happy [either way]. I don't know what could happen this summer or next summer. Now it's not the time to talk about that." Saric has plenty of potential, but it's more likely than not that he'll spend another season in Europe, so he shouldn't be on any fantasy radars just yet.
Source: HoopsHype
May 14 - 9:58 AM

Dario Saric scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists during his regular season finale with Anadolu Efes Sports Club.

The bar is pretty high for Saric because the 76ers acquired his draft rights in exchange for Elfrid Payton, who showed some promise after the break. Saric has lived up to the billing so far, being named FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year for 2014. He can play both forward spots and it'll be interesting to see what his plans are this offseason.
May 9 - 3:36 PM

Jordan McRae said he will play in summer league with the 76ers before the team makes a decision on him in September.

McRate spent the tail end of the 2014-15 season with the Sixers' D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, and will get a chance to prove himself in summer league before the team makes a final decision on him. While McRae has upside and could latch on with the 76ers, he shouldn't be on standard league fantasy radars entering fall drafts.
May 7 - 12:35 PM

Nerlens Noel wants to use the offseason to add weight to his frame.

Along with "continuing to work on my skillset," Noel identified adding weight as his primary goal. He didn't specify a certain weight or how many pounds he'd like to gain, but he said he eats at least four times per day, a lot of heavy calories and "a lot of shakes." Noel is never going to be confused for Big Baby Davis, but building out his frame will continue to be a priority for the Sixers' prized prospect.
Apr 27 - 9:43 AM

Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said Joel Embiid will participate in summer league basketball.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown had previously been non-committal when asked about Embiid's potential participation, but it looks like that plan has now been finalized. After having some conditioning issues while sitting out his rookie season due to surgery, this is a good move for Embiid to get into shape so he can hit the ground running for the 2015-16 season. Like his teammate Nerlens Noel did this past summer, Embiid will go into fantasy drafts as a high-risk, high-reward option for owners willing to roll the dice.
Apr 23 - 9:26 AM

Jason Richardson is open to re-signing with the Sixers this offseason.

Sam Hinkie should be forced to surrender some of the second-round picks he's traded for if he decides to re-sign Richardson.
Apr 20 - 11:16 AM

Joel Embiid was reportedly fined thousands of dollars for showing up late and missing multiple rehab sessions this season.

Head coach Brett Brown recently said that he questioned Embiid's work ethic at times this season, so this report likely has some validity. This is definitely a story that he will continue to follow, and if you factor in the uncertainties surrounding his foot injury, he will be a high-risk, high-reward option next season. Hopefully, we will get a good chance to evaluate him at the summer league if he is cleared to play.
Apr 18 - 10:13 AM

76ers head coach Brett Brown said there were times that he was disappointed with Joel Embiid's work ethic this season.

Brown previously said he would be personally disappointed if Embiid isn't able to play in the summer league and on Thursday added, "there were times I wasn't happy with [Embiid's work ethic]." While Embiid is still young, it's not a great sign to have your coach question your work ethic, so here's to hoping the 21-year-old takes Brown's words to heart as he continues his rehab this summer. Embiid will enter 2015-16 fantasy drafts similarly to Nerlens Noel in 2014-15 and will provide his future owners with a high-risk, high-reward gamble.
Apr 16 - 12:39 PM

Jerami Grant made 3-of-13 from the field for eight points during a 105-101 loss to the Heat on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, four assists and one blocks.

He is one of the most exciting shot blockers in the NBA, which came a huge surprise because he didn't do too much of that at Syracuse. Grant couldn't even make 36 percent from the field or 60 percent at the line, so he'll really need to step it up in those areas for next season.
Apr 15 - 11:01 PM

Glenn Robinson III made his first start of his career on Wednesday against the Heat, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

Even with the Wolves dealing with a ton of injuries, they still dumped GR3. Robinson has a ton of bounce in his legs, but he needs to improve big time this offseason. He won't be a big dog in fantasy for a long time.
Apr 15 - 10:58 PM

Thomas Robinson double-doubled against the Heat on Wednesday with 13 points, 10 boards, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

He did turn the ball over six times and T-Rob being a bit of a bull in a china shop has been a bugaboo. The 76ers will likely give him a look, but he's not expected to play more than 20 minutes when the team is healthy next season. Robinson won't be worth drafting in almost any league.
Apr 15 - 10:46 PM

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