Player News - 76ers

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The 76ers have agreed to a deal with undrafted FA James Blackmon Jr.

Blackmon is a 6'3" shooting guard who just finished his junior year with Indiana, finishing with averages of 17.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.7 steals in 30.5 minutes. He shot extremely well, especially from downtown where he went 42.3 percent despite launching a prolific 7.2 attempts per game. It's a make-good contract, so Philly has little to lose by evaluating him this summer.
Jun 23 - 1:05 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers selected C Mathias Lessort with the 50th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The 21-year-old Frenchman fared well in the Pro A French league, averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 steals in 22.9 minutes per game. Lessort doesn’t have much of a perimeter game at 6’9", but the hope is his motor can get him a chance to show what he can do. He’ll likely need to add some bells and whistles to his game in order to become part of "The Product" in Philly.
Jun 22 - 11:58 PM

Former UCLA forward and Serbian pro Jonah Bolden was taken by the Sixers with the 36th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Due to off-court reasons and also a reported request to play on the perimeter more often, the former UCLA Bruin headed to Serbia to play pro ball last season. In his 25 games, he showed a little bit of everything, averaging 12.9 points, 7.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 treys in 27.7 minutes per game. On top of those eye-popping numbers, Bolden reportedly has a 7’3" wingspan on his 6’10" frame, so he has the talent part covered. The Sixers just keep adding pieces and Bolden gets a slight boost because he actually has some professional experience on his resume'. But that doesn't necessarily mean you'll want to draft him on your fantasy team.
Jun 22 - 11:17 PM

The Sixers took Latvian center Anzeis Pasecniks with the 25th pick in the NBA Draft, via Orlando.

He's expected to play overseas for another season, so don't expect to see him in the NBA this year. Latvia has been on the rise lately and Pasecniks tops the list for the 2017 class. He’s not quite on the level of Kristaps Porzingis, but the 7’2" big man has some shooting touch, making 66.2 percent from the field with some jump shooting mixed in with Gran Canaria last year. He is also going to be 22 next season, so he has a little more pro experience than some other Euro bigs.
Jun 22 - 10:21 PM

To absolutely no one's surprise, the Sixers made Washington point guard Markelle Fultz the overall No. 1 first pick in the NBA Draft.

The 76ers used Sam Hinkie assets to improve their pick from number five to three, then packaged that with a protected 2018 first-round pick to jump up to No. 1, via the Celtics. Coach Brett Brown should love Fultz’s defense and prototype body with his 6’10" wingspan, 6’6" frame and a 40-inch max vert. Fultz did a lot of work in pick-and-roll and came in at 88th percentile in the NCAA (per Synergy), so he’ll be running a lot of that with this squad. While there's no questioning his talent and he'll be looking at big minutes, along with a starting role, Fultz may not get many shots with usage monster Joel Embiid on board, along with guys like Dario Saric, Ben Simmons and Robert Covington. But at worst, Fultz is still shaping up to be worth a fantasy pick in the later part of the middle rounds in drafts this Fall, with the potential to improve his draft stock depending on how Summer League and training camp shake out.
Jun 22 - 7:41 PM

According to David Aldridge of TNT, the 76ers are hoping to acquire another first round pick in the 20s.

Aldridge adds that the 76ers are trying to package two second round picks (36 and 39) to move up, but there's no mention of any players involved. The 76ers will only have a few open roster spots if they bring back T.J. McConnell and Gerald Henderson, and since they are hoping to be major players in free agency, this move would make a lot of sense for Philly. If they keep the second round picks, it's likely that they will draft and stash overseas.
Jun 22 - 12:09 PM

Dario Saric said he'll work to improve his 3-point shot this offseason.

Saric shot 31.1 percent from beyond the arc during his rookie year, somewhat below the league average, so that's certainly an aspect of his game that could use improvement. It'll be interesting to see what his role looks like next year with a healthy Ben Simmons on the floor, but it could be tough for him to replicate his post-break success given that Simmons, Joel Embiid and likely Markelle Fultz will be the dominant aspects of most offensive possessions.
Jun 20 - 2:50 PM

The 76ers have officially acquired the No. 1 overall pick from the Celtics.

The 76ers have made it pretty obvious that they will take Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick and he's an ideal fit in Philly due to his ability to play on and off the ball. His perimeter shooting will also be key in allowing him to share the floor with ball-dominant point forward Ben Simmons. In exchange for the No. 1 pick, the Celtics will take Philly's 2017 No. 3 pick and a 2018 first-round pick via the Lakers. However, if the Lakers pick doesn't fall between No. 2 and No. 5, the Celtics will instead receive either Sacramento’s or Philadelphia’s first round pick in 2019 (whichever one is better).
Source: NBA.com
Jun 19 - 1:35 PM

Richaun Holmes said he wants to be in the best shape of his life entering the 2017-18 season.

He's coming off a breakout season in Philly and really shined when Joel Embiid (knee) went down, averaging 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.7 3-pointers on 58.1 percent shooting after the All-Star break. As for his offseason plans, Holmes said he wants to add strength, become a better pick-and-roll defender and to keep working on his perimeter shooting -- he shot 35.1 percent from deep last season, so he has a good foundation to build on. 76ers coach Brett Brown called Holmes a "lightning-in-the-bottle" player and he should be the favorite to back up Embiid in 2017-18. If you draft The Process, handcuffing him with Holmes makes too much sense.
Source: HoopsHype
Jun 19 - 11:54 AM

Markelle Fultz is expected to be drafted No. 1 overall by the 76ers after a likely draft-pick swap with the Celtics on Monday.

Philly will acquire the No. 1 pick, barring any last-minute changes, while sending Boston the No. 3 pick and L.A.'s first-round pick (which is owed to Philly), but only if it falls between picks Nos. 2-5. If not, Boston will instead receive the Kings' first-round pick in 2019, which also belongs to Philly. Addressing his potential fit alongside Ben Simmons, whom the Sixers plan to use as their de facto point guard, Fultz said, "If I'm running the floor or I'm setting the screen for him or giving it back ... it doesn't matter." Philly is going to be must-watch next season, especially if this deal goes through as planned.
Jun 18 - 10:08 PM

The trade between the 76ers and Celtics will be finalized on Monday, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.

The 76ers will use their No. 1 overall pick to select Markelle Fultz. According to unconfirmed reports from The Vertical Saturday evening, the Celtics may acquire the No. 3 pick in the 2017 draft, the Lakers 2018 pick and the Kings 2019 pick -- there could be protection on these picks. The 76ers have been using T.J. McConnell at the point, but now they get arguably the best point guard prospect since Kyrie Irving. Fultz is a prototype with his 6'6" frame with his 6'9" wingspan, and gives the 76ers ridiculous length on the defensive end. Additionally, he made 41.3 percent from deep for his 2.1 treys per game at Washington, so he could play off Ben Simmons when Simmons is running the offense. The process has all the trust right now.
Jun 17 - 10:17 PM

A trade between the 76ers and Celtics could happen as soon as Monday, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The waiting game begins. The 76ers should have all the information they need to decide if it's worth the price of the No. 3 pick, the 2018 Lakers pick, and possibly a protected 2021 pick to acquire the top pick on Thursday. The 76ers really could use a point guard capable of playing on and off the ball, so Markelle Fultz fits the bill there. The ball appears to be in Boston's court.
Jun 17 - 9:50 PM

Markelle Fultz completed his workout for the 76ers on Saturday night.

He actually didn't have much success in his workout with plenty of missed jumpers, but who cares? The Washington guard didn't workout for very long with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Robert Covington on hand to meet the prospect. Fultz arrived to the workout in a 76ers hat, which he said he's had before today. He also said he wanted to get a cheesesteak after the workout, so his favorite cheesesteak place, Larry's, is probably going to be packed tonight. Expect plenty of chatter on Fultz in the coming days.
Jun 17 - 9:05 PM

Markelle Fultz arrived for his workout with the 76ers on Saturday night.

He was a little later than expected, but it could have to do with the rain hitting the East Coast today. Fultz is expected to work out for the team, meet with them, and have a light dinner. If all goes well, it may not be long before the 76ers and Celtics agree on a trade. Although, there is some concern the Celtics would like to wait until Thursday.
Jun 17 - 7:15 PM

The 76ers confirmed Markelle Fultz will work out at 6:00 on Saturday night.

The hype is peaking in the 2-1-5. This afternoon, Joel Embiid tweeted a picture of himself, Dario Saric, and a locker with Markelle Fultz's name on it (picture in link below). The 76ers just gave De'Aaron Fox a workout earlier today, so they have a full dance card with key workouts. With the trade rumors swirling, the Celtics are being a little cautious with the trade because they may just want to wait until draft night, but it sounds like this thing may get done before Thursday.
Jun 17 - 2:26 PM


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