Player News - 76ers

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Joel Embiid said his goal is to be the league MVP in 2018-19.

"I feel like next year is definitely going to be a type of MVP season for me," he said. "But it starts with my body. And the skills. I love being in the gym. I don’t feel like taking any time off." This will be his first summer without restrictions since 2014, and Embiid added that he wants to get his playing weight down to 270 -- he was around 281 in 2017-18. Embiid ran out of gas at times during the postseason, so it's not a surprise that conditioning is an area of focus.
May 20 - 10:18 AM

Robert Covington underwent successful surgery to repair the extensor tendon in his left middle finger.

He suffered the injury back on Dec. 28, so Covington has been dealing with this for several months. This was a minor procedure and Covington will be re-evaluated in three weeks to determine if he can resume basketball activities. Covington was a letdown in the Boston series, but he'll be a key piece of the puzzle for the 76ers in 2018-19 for his perimeter defense and floor spacing.
May 17 - 12:15 PM

The three finalists for Rookie of the Year are Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum.

There was no real drama in this 'finalist' pool, as those three rose above the ranks of guys like Lonzo Ball, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins and Kyle Kuzma. Tatum is a longshot here, despite his terrific play in the postseason, and it's widely considered a two-man race between Simmons and Mitchell.
May 16 - 8:26 PM

GM Bryan Colangelo said the Sixers will discuss a contract extension with Brett Brown.

2018-19 is the final year on Brett Brown's current contract, and the Sixers want to lock him up long-term after he guided Philadelphia to 55 wins and the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Josh Harris, the team’s co-manager partner, said last month that he is "invested in keeping Brett here for a long time." Expect an extension to be announced sooner rather than later.
May 12 - 9:32 AM

Coach Brett Brown said Ben Simmons’ jumper will undergo "intense refinement" this offseason.

He needs it and Kobe Bryant would agree. In the postseason, Ben made a grand total of two shots outside of the paint at just 23.5 percent on his jumpers. Simmons also wasn't very good in the mid-range during the year, making 27.8 percent of those in the regular season. He won't be adding a 3-pointer next season, but he really needs to figure out how to extend his range to 15 feet. Regardless, he looks like a second-round player to draft in fantasy next year.
May 11 - 4:49 PM

Furkan Korkmaz is likely to play in Las Vegas in July.

Furkan 2.0 wasn't much of a factor with the 76ers with almost all of his playing time coming in garbage time. The 76ers will likely have a lottery pick and should sign someone, so Korkmaz almost certainly won't be in the rotation next season.
May 11 - 3:35 PM

President Bryan Colangelo said the most likely of last year's draft-and-stash players to come over next year is Jonah Bolden.

He was with Tel Aviv last year, averaging 6.9 points, 5.5 boards, 1.2 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.8 treys in 21.1 minutes. Bolden was electric in Las Vegas last July, including several dunks and a four-block showing. He could have a fantasy impact and may compete with Amir Johnson or Richaun Holmes.
May 11 - 3:32 PM

Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said that the team will exercise T.J. McConnell's team option for the 2018-19 season.

This was an easy decision for Philadelphia, as McConnell will earn just $1.6 million next season. He averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 22.4 minutes in 2017-18. He also started the final two games of their playoff series vs. Boston. However, if Markelle Fultz is healthy and active next season, T.J. will likely see his playing time diminish dramatically.
May 11 - 12:03 PM

Brett Brown said he hopes Markelle Fultz will play in the 2018 Summer League.

Fultz told reporters on Thursday that he would be "open" to playing in Las Vegas. It sure seems like a no-brainer for all involved. Fultz was limited to just 14 games in his rookie season due to a shoulder injury that impacted his shot and his confidence. Having the opportunity to play against NBA-level competition without the pressure that comes along with regular-season contests would be seemingly ideal for Fultz's growth and development.
May 11 - 10:06 AM

Ben Simmons said he is not planning on making any major adjustments to his shot this offseason.

"Minor things. But changing the whole shot, no," said Simmons when asked about tinkering with his form this summer. His inability to knock down jumpers, or even attempt shots outside of ten feet was a significant limitation in his game as a rookie. Last season, Simmons became the first guard in 30 years to log more than 2,500 minutes and not make a single 3-pointer. He also shot just 56.0 percent from the free-throw line. Some pundits have suggested he start shooting with his right hand, but Simmons is apparently not planning on making such a drastic change.
May 11 - 9:18 AM

Joel Embiid said he wants to drop 6-11 pounds this summer.

He said he is at 281 today and would like to get down to 270-275. "I think next year could be an MVP type season for me. But it starts with [working on] my body," Embiid said. Embiid's post-up game wasn't as effective in the postseason, but it makes sense for him to be more agile to help spacing next to Ben Simmons. Regardless, Embiid could be even better next year.
May 10 - 4:43 PM

J.J. Redick said he and the Sixers organization have a mutual appreciation for each other and if the money is right, he'll almost certainly remain in Philadelphia.

"I don't want to offend any of the other places I have been," Redick said, "or teams I have been on but this was probably my favorite year of my career. Playing in Philly is it's own experience and our fans, the city, the buzz about sports and about this team was amazing." J.J. was second on the team in scoring and a veteran leader during Philly's breakout year. They'd love to have him back as much as he wants to be back.
May 10 - 12:38 PM

Robert Covington had another quiet game on Wednesday with five points on 2-of-5 shooting, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said before the game that he wanted Covington to shoot more 3-pointers early in the shot clock, but he didn't make his lone triple until the fourth quarter. He shot a brutal 32.1% from the field in the postseason, including 26.8% vs. Boston, but the Sixers have already committed to him long-term -- Covington and Joel Embiid are the only players with guaranteed salaries through 2021-22.
May 9 - 11:43 PM

T.J. McConnell earned another start during Philly's Game 5 defeat on Wednesday, scoring nine points on 4-of-7 shooting with six assists, five rebounds and two steals.

McConnell got stuck defending Jayson Tatum repeatedly in the first half and Boston's rising star took full advantage, but otherwise Philly's 26-year-old guard was unimpeachable. He committed just one turnover in 38 minutes and helped limit Terry Rozier to 17 points on 4-of-15 shooting, finishing his postseason on a high note. It's a foregone conclusion that Philly will pick up their $1.6 million team option to retain McConnell for 2018-19.
May 9 - 11:41 PM

The Sixers' season ended on Wednesday despite Ben Simmons contributing 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and one block in 34 minutes.

Simmons had three dunks and a layup in Game 4, making all of his field goals in the restricted area, and he followed a similar script tonight -- he shot 8-of-15 from the field with all of his makes in the paint. Necessity may have forced coach Brett Brown to start T.J. McConnell for Games 4 and 5 in this series, but we're expecting Simmons to resume his full-time PG role again next season. After all, the Rookie of the Year candidate notched historic averages with 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks while helping Philly earn the No. 3 seed this year. Not too shabby.
May 9 - 11:41 PM


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