Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Kris Humphries plans to sign a non-guaranteed deal with the 76ers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

He worked out with the 76ers on Monday and Tuesday, so he is fully expected to be with the team for the start of camp. Humphries is going to be buried on the depth chart, but he could make the roster as emergency depth. The 32-year-old played 56 games with the Hawks last season and doesn't have fantasy value.
Sep 22 - 3:13 PM

76ers head coach Brett Brown hinted that T.J. McConnell will be the backup point guard this season.

"How can we not play TJ? In my heart and in my mind, the kid wins," Brown said. McConnell is probably looking at minutes in the teens to lowers 20s as Markelle Fultz' backup, but with a strong camp he should remain ahead of Jerryd Bayless on the depth chart. He's just an assists specialist in deeper leagues while the backcourt in Philly is healthy.
Sep 21 - 10:43 AM

76ers coach Brett Brown said Jahlil Okafor will get "every opportunity to earn playing time."

Keep in mind that Brown also said the 76ers are still gauging trade interest from around the league, so don't be surprised if they showcase him early on. Okafor has slimmed down significantly and has been playing some 3-on-3 which suggests his knee is 100 percent entering camp. Joel Embiid's status for opening night is up in the air, but Richaun Holmes should have an edge over Okafor on the depth chart after his monster finish to the 2016-17 season. Unless Embiid is on the shelf right out of the gate, Okafor likely needs a trade to have any real value.
Source: Philly.com
Sep 21 - 9:30 AM

Coach Brett Brown said the 76ers will check with the rest of the league to see what they can get for Jahlil Okafor.

This confirms that the 76ers are still looking to deal their bench five man. Richaun Holmes has likely leapfrogged Okafor and the team wants to play Dario Saric at the five, as well. Okafor could have some fantasy value on another team and he did change his diet to drop weight, but he's only a last-round lotto ticket in fantasy.
Sep 20 - 2:32 PM

Coach Brett Brown said Dario Saric could play anywhere the 76ers want him to this season.

It's possible he could play some more center this year. "That's Dario Saric. He was born to play basketball," Brown said. The 76ers love The Homie Dario and Brown added he should've won Rookie of the Year. This season, he's going to have a lot of competition for shots, so his scoring numbers will likely take a major hit. He's more of a late-round guy in most leagues.
Sep 20 - 2:15 PM

Brett Brown said he sees Robert Covington "starting and ending" games for the 76ers this season.

The 76ers will likely be rolling out a starting five of Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick, Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (knee) when the 2017-18 season begins, with Dario Saric being used in a sixth man type role. Covington should be able to score at a more efficient rate this season with the improved offense around him, and it sounds like he'll still be a significant part of the rotation, so he could turn out to be one of the better value picks towards the middle rounds on draft day.

Bryan Colangelo said he doesn't anticipate Ben Simmons (foot) having any restrictions during his rookie season.

Colangelo added that Simmons has been playing 5-on-5 for a while now and that he's been "dominating the gym," so it looks like there's a decent chance Simmons will be fully unleashed his rookie year without any minutes limits or restrictions on back-to-back sets. Head coach Brett Brown again stated that he's "locked in" to playing Simmons at point guard on offense "when it's static," so it's clear that he's going to be a huge part of the offense in Philly this season.
Sep 20 - 1:49 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) has yet to go through any 5-on-5 work and head coach Brett Brown said he's not sure what Embiid will be able to do when training camp opens up next week.

76ers' GM Bryan Colangelo made it clear that Embiid has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery from the arthroscopic procedure that he underwent on his left knee back in March, but it's a bit strange that Embiid has still not been cleared for contact a full six months removed from what is traditionally just a 4-6 week recovery period. Colangelo also said it's too early to tell when Embiid will be able to scrimmage, so it sounds like he'll be entering camp at less than 100 percent, and there's a chance he might not be ready for the preseason.
Sep 20 - 1:38 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) says that he's been playing in pickup games and that he is "feeling great."

We've heard nothing but positive reports all summer from Simmons. Hopefully, he can avoid any setbacks when Sixers open camp later this month and into the regular season. If he can stay healthy, Simmons' remarkably versatile skill set promises fantasy-friendly production. It is currently unknown if Philadelphia plans to place any restrictions on him during his rookie season.
Sep 8 - 9:44 AM

According to Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier, there is "nothing to the reports" of Joel Embiid's agent, Leon Rose, not allowing Embiid to scrimmage until he gets a contract extension.

Embiid and his reps are looking for a $100 million extension over four years following his potent 33-game rookie season. He was one of the most impactful players in January before injury with a Russell Westbrook-like 37.4 usage rate in his nine January games, and there's no denying his potential. Even with the risk factor, he's still worth a look in the early rounds.
Sep 7 - 4:54 PM

Dario Saric stuffed the stat sheet in a loss to Spain on Tuesday, tallying 18 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes.

This was the best game of the tournament for Saric, who entered Tuesday averaging 13.3 points and 4.7 rebounds through three games for Croatia. Saric was a stud for the Sixers over the second half of last season, when he averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists over the final 25 games of the season. However, it will be difficult for him to match those numbers in 2017-18, as a healthy Ben Simmons could bump Saric out of the starting lineup.
Sep 5 - 1:08 PM

Dario Saric went 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line during Monday's win over Montenegro on his way to 14 points, one 3-pointer, two boards, two assists and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

Through three games at the EuroBasket tournament, Saric has compiled averages of 13.3 points, 1.3 triples, 4.7 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block per contest on 43.8 percent shooting from the field and 36.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Saric is certainly a talented player, but it'll be tough for him to replicate his post-break success from the 2016-17 season with Ben Simmons healthy and Amir Johnson now in town to battle him for the reserve power forward minutes.
Sep 4 - 2:49 PM

Philly beat writer Tom Moore said an extension for Joel Embiid in excess of $100 million over four years still seems "likely."

The 76ers may try to negotiate some injury protection into the extension, as it's no secret The Process has struggled to stay healthy -- he's played 33 games in three years. Embiid had minor arthroscopic surgery back in March, but still hasn't been fully cleared with training camp just a few weeks away. Moore also said Embiid "seems to have put on some weight" after playing at around 275 pounds last season, but that's understandable since he's been limited on the court this offseason. The deadline for an extension is Oct. 31.
Sep 4 - 11:15 AM

Robert Covington said he's working hard to add elements to his offensive game.

"I’ve been working on a lot more stuff off the dribble, a lot of different finishes, different floaters, different ways to get to the basket," Covington said "[I’ve been working on] creating also because I know a lot of people know I can shoot already, but I have to broaden aspects of my game." Covington took 413 shots from long range compared to 210 at the rim last season, so that's one of the reasons why his FG percentage was so low. Covington is already an elite fantasy asset in terms of triples and defensive stats, but he would get a huge bump in value if he can score more efficiently. He's on the board as a mid-round pick and is expected to be ready for camp after having knee surgery back in April.
Source: CSN Philly
Aug 31 - 10:59 AM

The 76ers have signed undrafted FA James Blackmon Jr.

The 6'3" guard out of Indiana averaged 17.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.7 steals during his junior season. The 76ers already have 15 players under contract for next season, so Blackmon is likely just a training camp body and a candidate for their G-League squad.
Aug 31 - 9:33 AM


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