Player News - 76ers

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Updating a previous report, JaVale McGee will not be heading to Boston.

The two sides apparently couldn't come to an agreement on the terms of McGee's contract, so he will seek employment elsewhere. McGee is averaging a meager 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks on the season, and unless your league awards points for appearances on Shaqtin' a Fool, McGee belongs on the waiver wire.
Mar 5 - 2:21 PM

Jordan McRae will join the 76ers' D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.

The 87ers officially announced the acquisition of McRae on Thursday after he finished his season with Melbourne United in Australia's National Basketball League. McRae was selected by the Sixers with the 54th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and while his contract is with the 87ers, the Sixers own his exclusive NBA rights. While McRae may get some run with the Sixers this season, he can be left on the waiver wire in most fantasy leagues for now.
Mar 5 - 1:26 PM

While the signing still isn't official, Celtics president Danny Ainge explained his thought process in pursuing JaVale McGee.

"I probably shouldn’t touch on that yet since it’s still in the works, but that report is accurate," Ainge said. "Javale is a long, athletic guy. We don’t have that type of player. Above the rim, he’s an offensive and defensive player." Once the signing is official, McGee will join a crowded frontcourt alongside Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, and Kelly Olynyk, but he's worth a flier in deeper leagues as he could get decent run.
Mar 5 - 11:39 AM

The Boston Celtics are reportedly close to signing JaVale McGee.

McGee has had a fair share of suitors since being released by the 76ers, but it looks like he'll end up in Celtic green on a deal that will reportedly be through the 2015-16 season. McGee will join a crowded Celtics frontcourt of Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass, Kelly Olynyk, so the fantasy fallout from this move is more of a downgrade for all four players than it is an upgrade for any.

Isaiah Canaan scored a career-high 31 points against the Thunder on Wednesday during an overtime 123-118 loss, adding seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and eight 3-pointers.

He was awful in his previous six games, averaging 10.5 points, 2.2 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.3 treys on 35.5 percent from the field. Coach Brett Brown is committed to Canaan as his starter and we always knew he had the upside. Obviously, he won't be dropping many lines like this one, but he's worth owning in standard leagues to see if he can keep it going.
Mar 5 - 1:19 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute made 6-of-21 from the field for 18 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and one turnover in 40 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Apparently Russell Westbrook rubbed off on him. He set a career high in field goal attempts tonight and more than doubled his season average of 9.8. He won't play this much when Robert Covington (elbow) returns, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues while he's healthy.
Mar 5 - 1:12 AM

Nerlens Noel blocked five shots and had four steals against the Thunder on Wednesday, adding eight points, 13 rebounds and one assist.

He's just rolling right now. Noel did not have a great offensive game tonight, making 3-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line to go with his five turnovers. He has really turned it on since the break and should be considered a must-start player.
Mar 5 - 1:04 AM

Ish Smith played 15 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover.

Isaiah Canaan was on fire tonight, so coach Brett Brown kept Smith on the bench. Smith is going to backup Canaan for the rest of the season, so he is going to have some inconsistency. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Mar 5 - 12:59 AM

Jerami Grant played 28 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with 14 points, two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 2-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line.

That's good for a 21.8 usage rate and he continues to earn minutes. Grant has been at 24 minutes or more in four of his last five, averaging 8.2 points, 3.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 treys on 33.3 percent from the field in those five. His numbers will likely dip a bit upon Robert Covington's return. Grant is worth a look in 16-team leagues, though.
Mar 5 - 12:55 AM

Jason Richardson had his best game since 2012 during a loss to the Thunder on Wednesday with 29 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

He hit two deep treys to help get this game to overtime. Richardson has been solid since his return and has put up numbers in each of his last four, averaging 16.8 points, 3.8 boards, 2.5 dimes, 1.0 steals and 3.3 treys. He's worth starting when he's active, but will be rested here and there.
Mar 5 - 12:51 AM

JaKarr Sampson will earn another start on Wednesday with Robert Covington (elbow) on the sidelines.

Sampson played only 21 minutes sans-Covington on Monday, and in 16 starts this year he's averaged 6.8 points, 0.6 threes, 2.5 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals in under 20 minutes per game. There's not enough upside to consider Sampson a source of temporary value.
Mar 4 - 6:40 PM

Robert Covington (elbow) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

The team said he was hopeful to play today, but this isn't that surprising considering how often the 76ers sit guys down at less than 100 percent. Hopefully Covington will play over the weekend. He should be owned in all leagues. JaKarr Sampson will start, but can be left on the wire in almost all leagues.
Mar 4 - 6:38 PM

Jason Richardson will play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

He was rested against the Raptors on Monday, but the 76ers are obviously going to be cautious with him moving forward given his injury history. Owners in deeper leagues who could use some help in scoring and 3-pointers should give him a look.
Mar 4 - 1:48 PM

Robert Covington (elbow) is doubtful to play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday according to head coach Brett Brown.

Covington suffered the injury vs. the Pacers on Sunday and was held out of Monday's game vs. the Raptors, but it's disappointing to see him listed as doubtful despite dealing with a simple elbow contusion. JaKarr Sampson will draw the start if Covington can't go, but Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant are slightly more appealing for owners in deeper leagues. We will continue to pass along any further updates on Covington's status.

The Raptors are reportedly interested in acquiring JaVale McGee once he clears waivers on Wednesday evening.

The Heat and Mavericks are also said to be interested, but McGee wouldn't have a large enough role on any team to be a factor in most fantasy leagues. We will continue to follow this story closely, but it's safe to leave McGee on the wire.
Mar 4 - 11:12 AM


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