Player News - 76ers

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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.

The 76ers are pushing harder in the trade efforts to acquire the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday's draft from the Celtics.

The 76ers have reportedly offered the Celtics either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor, but the Celtics have held out for more thus far. We could see a deal come to fruition closer to the draft Thursday night and the 76ers would presumably use the pick to select G Kris Dunn. Noel would see a bit of a boost in fantasy value in Boston, while Dunn would be a great fit in the 76ers backcourt and make for an intriguing later-round pick.
Jun 23 - 11:56 AM

The 76ers think Ben Simmons can be special as a facilitator on offense.

The 76ers are widely expected to select Simmons with the No.1 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft on Thurdsay and they reportedly already have plans for the 19-year-old. "The NBA is becoming more and more positionless," a Sixers source said. "We're going to try to take advantage of that with Ben. He can play everywhere, but he's special when the ball is in his hands. We want him to be special." Simmons will have some growing pains as he adjusts to the NBA, but he'll be worth a look in the middle rounds of 2016-17 fantasy draft as he's due to see big minutes for the 76ers.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 10:05 AM

The 76ers are trying to secure a top-8 selection in the upcoming draft.

"We are not going to make a bad deal in terms of overpaying for something in that range," Colangelo said. "But I believe something in a top eight or so would work for us as an organization." The 76ers want another lottery selection to go with their No. 1 pick (likely Ben Simmons), and recent reports have them going after the No. 3 overall selection by offering either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel to Boston. If the 76ers can get that deal done, they'll likely target Kris Dunn.
Jun 22 - 11:51 AM

Ben Simmons said on Wednesday that the 76ers have not yet informed him if they intend to select him with the No. 1 overall pick on draft day.

An earlier report from Chris Haynes stated the exact opposite, and after Simmons worked out for the 76ers and posted a photo to his Instagram account with the caption "Trust the Process," it would be shocking to see Philly go with anyone else.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 11:44 AM

The Celtics and Pelicans have reportedly reached out to the 76ers regarding the availability of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.

The 76ers have reportedly been trying to convince the Celtics to part ways with their No. 3 overall selection in exchange for one of the two bigs, but to this point, Boston has resisted those pitches. This is the first we're hearing of the Pelicans having interest in one of the Philly bigs, but it makes sense given that Omer Asik is currently their starting center. With Ben Simmons expected to land in Philly with the No. 1 overall selection, it seems all but certain that either Noel or Okafor will be donning a different jersey next year.
Jun 22 - 10:06 AM


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