Player News - 76ers

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Sixers president Bryan Colangelo is in Spain this week to watch Furkan Korkmaz.

Philadelphia selected Korkmaz, a 6'8" shooting guard, with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft. Korkmaz had an unmanageable $2 million buyout last summer and thus spent the season overseas. He averaged 8.4 points in 16 Turkish league games and 10.9 points (while shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point territory) in eight BCL games. Korkmaz is still under contract for the 2017-18 season. So, depending on the buyout numbers, he may have to spend another season in Europe before heading to the NBA.
Apr 28 - 11:32 AM

Robert Covington had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Per Sixers team doctors, Covington is expected to resume full weight bearing in two weeks and begin basketball activities this summer. Last week, RoCo said that full recovery time is usually 4-6 weeks, but that he might be able to beat that estimate because he had a head start on rehab. Also, Covington said the that the MRI showed it was "just a baby tear." He should certainly be ready to roll by the time training camp arrives.
Apr 18 - 12:27 PM

General manager Bryan Colangelo said the 76ers need another power forward.

He said he is either looking for a backup to Dario Saric or someone to start ahead of him if that player is "better than" The Homie. While the 76ers obviously need some depth at the four, it's still a strange quote about Saric. As one of the best Rookie of the Year candidates out there, Saric may trend down next season due to so much talent being added to the rotation.
Apr 14 - 7:53 PM

Coach Brett Brown acknowledged Richaun Holmes as a keeper for the 76ers.

Jahill Okafor was not included in this group. Holmes clearly outplayed Okafor late in the season and his transition to center has gone about as seamless as possible. If the 76ers can indeed unload Okafor, Holmes could be looking at 20 minutes off the bat next year. Given Joel Embiid's injury history, Holmes will be one of the best fantasy handcuffs out there.
Apr 14 - 7:50 PM

General manager Bryan Colangelo said Ben Simmons playing point guard is "not dissimilar to what Magic [Johnson] brought to the PG spot."

It's definitely on for Simmons to play the point. The 76ers have also talked about how they think Simmons can guard ones while calling him a matchup nightmare as an offensive point guard. While he may not be 7'0", Simmons is going to be a Giannis Antetokounmpo-like contributor with the ball this season. Simmons will be one of the great mysteries in fantasy drafts next year, but his unique style makes him an interesting target.
Apr 14 - 7:45 PM

GM Bryan Colangelo said that he doesn't "think back-to-backs will be an issue" for Joel Embiid next season.

This is an encouraging development, but drafting Embiid will still be the ultimate boom-or-bust selection next season. When healthy, he's one of the more dominant and fantasy-friendly big men in the entire league. However, he’s only played in 31 of 246 possible games since the Sixers drafted him three years ago. No player will be more debated and disputed heading into 2017 fantasy drafts.
Apr 14 - 1:44 PM

Speaking with reporters on Friday, GM Bryan Colangelo said that he would be willing to listen to trade offers for Jahlil Okafor.

"If a deal comes along that makes sense for both, we'll listen," said Colangelo. Okafor is coming off a disappointing sophomore season, in which he appeared in just 50 games and saw a sharp dip in both his scoring (11.8 points) and rebounding (4.8 boards). Although Nerlens Noel has been traded to Dallas, Joel Embiid (assuming he's healthy) will be the starting center. Also, Richaun Holmes exceed expectations and earned minutes going forward. A fresh start elsewhere would boost Okafor's fantasy stock.
Apr 14 - 1:31 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) said playing point guard is "definitely tough" and he wants to learn it.

After getting the all clear this week, Simmons is expected to start workouts on Tuesday. Coach Brett Brown continues to talk up Simmons as a ball-handler and the emergence of Dario Saric adds depth to their frontcourt, so it's not crazy to think Simmons starts at that position. He will be one of the most interesting stories of the offseason and should be 100 percent ready for training camp.
Apr 13 - 3:26 PM

Justin Anderson said he "doesn't feel settled" in Philly yet.

"If I'm being honest, I'm not comfortable right now," Anderson said. "There's a lot of unknowns for me." Anderson didn't really have time to learn the system in Philly after his mid-season trade from Dallas due to their game-heavy schedule in the final two months of the season, but he did show some flashes of his upside. He averaged 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.9 triples on 46.6 percent shooting in 21.6 minutes per game for Philly, but he will need a strong offseason in order to carve out a role on the 76ers in 2017-18 -- Robert Covington, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Gerald Henderson are all under contract for next season.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 13 - 11:40 AM

Sergio Rodriguez (hamstring) said he would like to return to Philly next season.

He added that he doesn't know if the 76ers have interest in bringing him back, but he wants to remain in the NBA. T.J. McConnell was a pleasant surprise for Philly, Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is under contract for a couple more seasons and Ben Simmons is expected to run the offense, so it doesn't seem like there will be a role for Rodriguez in Philly. He finished the season with averages of 7.8 points, 5.1 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.4 triples in 68 games.
Apr 13 - 11:21 AM

Jerryd Bayless (left wrist) has been cleared to begin increasing his oncourt work.

Bayless missed all but three games this season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist in December, but it sounds like he isn't in danger of missing any time in 2017-18. Bayless is owed $17.6 million over the next two seasons, but he will have to earn every single minute next season with Ben Simmons expected to run the offense and T.J. McConnell proving that he's a capable role player in the NBA. Bayless is expected to be cleared for contact in May.
Apr 13 - 9:13 AM

Gerald Henderson played 30 minutes off the bench in Philly's finale, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting with three assists and one steal.

It was a fittingly quiet finish for the veteran SG. His $9 million contract isn't guaranteed until June and it's a certainty that Philly will cut him loose, even though they like him as a mentor for their young guys. Henderson doesn't have a fantasy-friendly game, making him a tough sell in any situation.
Apr 12 - 10:54 PM

Tiago Splitter played 22 minutes vs. New York on Wednesday, hitting 5-of-12 shots with one 3-pointer for 12 points, five rebounds and one steal.

Leg injuries have derailed Splitter's past few seasons, and this was his first game with double-digit scoring since Jan. 2016. He jacked up three 3-pointers, so clearly Philly's coaching staff gave him the green light from range tonight. He's entering unrestricted free agency this summer, but chronic injuries make it impossible to trust him no matter where he lands.
Apr 12 - 10:53 PM

Alex Poythress made his first NBA start on Wednesday, posting 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 32 minutes of action.

The undrafted forward played only five games this season, and this was essentially an early audition for a roster spot -- the Sixers recently signed him out of the D-League after being granted a hardship exception. He played with confidence tonight and coach Brett Brown seems to really like him. "When you talk about those three cornerstones to the program, defense, pace and space ... I think he ticks boxes," Brown said.
Source: Philly.com
Apr 12 - 10:53 PM

Justin Anderson finished the 2016-17 season with a career-high 26 points, going 9-of-10 from the field with three 3-pointers, three assists, three steals, two rebounds and one block in 35 minutes.

Anderson is under contract for $1.6 million next season, with a $2.5 million team option in 2018-19, and Philly has to be thrilled with his play down the stretch. There will be significant competition with Robert Covington (knee) a lock to return, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot on a guaranteed deal, but we'll be watching Anderson closely this offseason.
Apr 12 - 10:52 PM


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