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Robert Covington Undergoes Surgery To Repair Meniscus

Apr 18, 2017 1:41 PM

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

Covington is expected to resume full weight bearing in two weeks and begin basketball activities this summer.

"It's nothing that's serious or anything," he said. "The MRI showed that it's just a baby tear."

Covington was hurt March 28 in a game against the Brooklyn Nets.

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76ers Remain Committed To Using Ben Simmons As Traditional Point Guard

Apr 12, 2017 2:03 PM

Brett Brown expounded upon his plans for Ben Simmons during an appearance on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast.

The Philadelphia 76ers plan on using Simmons as their point guard though the offseason could change the equation. Philadelphia could be in position to draft either Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball.

"So let’s pretend that the draft isn’t gonna happen, and let’s pretend that we’re not gonna seek a high-level free agent as it relates to point guards," said Brown on the podcast. "So when you look at the flexibility we have, we’ve never been more in a position of strength as it relates to truly chasing a legit free agent. Because we’re not poor, we have money that we can use. We’re now gonna be learning a lot more in May when the ping-pong balls drop of where we fall into the lottery order. But if you just sorta zoom in on Ben — and I’ve known his mom and dad before they were married, I’ve known all of his coaches in very close ways that coached him when he was 8 years old and 12 years old and 14 — I’m in a very sort of unusual position given my history with Australian basketball where you can really study it. Then you go back and you study him in high school in Miami and really study his rent-a-year at LSU, he just comes in, he plays for a season, then boom, straight to the NBA.

"It is undeniable that — and I see it with my own son — when the ball goes in a basket or whatever, you know, when you look at young players, there’s always two or three people who come back who want to be the point guard," continued Brown. "He’s done that his whole life. He wants the ball, and he has a complete passion to pass. So if you just take those two qualities, and forget how big he is, then you say well the starting point is interesting if you wanna try to say, “well, you’re a point guard.” Because all of a sudden somebody else comes in and says, “well now he’s 6’10”.” It gives people pause. If we said he had those qualities and he’s 6’4”, you might not think too much about if he’s a point guard or not. So that I feel that it would be not wise if we don’t consider him to be that, and I’m committed to trying this. I think we could all walk back out of this, led by me, and say, “you know what, it’s a challenge, but I’m not gonna backpedal quickly.”

"When I say “point guard,” I mean “point guard.” You know, who takes the ball out of bounds, who receives the ball when the ball goes in the basket, who brings it up the floor after a free throw. I’m not talking about Draymond, I’m not talking about LeBron, you know, I’m talking about a point guard. And so I intend on trying this. You always get into conversations, “well that’s fine, who does he guard?” I don’t see him guarding the opposition’s point guard. It could end up he guards who guards him, so you’re not cross-matched in transition defense. Having said that, I expect that other teams aren’t gonna go put Chris Paul on Ben Simmons, or Isaiah Thomas on Ben Simmons. And so I feel like it’s gonna be interesting, it is a challenge, it is ambitious. But my starting point is where I end up, he’s got a quality that he wants the ball and he loves to pass. And so we’re gonna persevere, and see where this plays out."

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Buddy Hield, Dario Saric Named Rookies Of The Month For March

Apr 3, 2017 4:10 PM

Buddy Hield has been named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in March while Dario Saric received the honors in the Eastern Conference.

Hield averaged 14.1 points (.483 FG%, .425 3pt%, .840 FT%), 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.93 steals in 16 March appearances (12 starts), including career-highs with 22 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3pt, 4-4), eight rebounds and seven assists at Golden State (3/24). 

Hield is the first member of the Kings to win the award since Ben McLemore won in November of 2013.

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76ers To Sign Alex Poythress With Injury Exception

Apr 1, 2017 12:31 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have been awarded an injury hardship exception.

The 76ers will sign Alex Poythress of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

The 76ers recently ruled out both Robert Covington and Jahlil Okafor for the remainder of the season. Joel Embiid had already been ruled out.

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Jahlil Okafor Shut Down For Remainder Of Season With Knee Soreness

Mar 31, 2017 6:15 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have shut down Jahlil Okafor for the final seven games of the season.

Okafor has been experiencing right knee soreness.

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Robert Covington Out For Season With Torn Meniscus

Mar 31, 2017 6:12 PM

Robert Covington will miss the remainder of the season with a slight tear of his lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Covington will miss the final seven games of the Philadelphia 76ers' season.

Covington averaged 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 67 games this season.

The 76ers' own a team option on Covington's contract for the 17-18 season.

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Kings Receive Permission To Interview Sam Hinkie

Mar 27, 2017 8:06 PM

The Sacramento Kings have received permission from the Philadelphia 76ers to speak to Sam Hinkie about a role in their front office.

It is not yet known what type of role the Kings are considering for Hinkie nor his level of interest.

Hinkie stepped down as general manager of the 76ers last April.

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Joel Embiid Undergoes Successful Surgery On Meniscus

Mar 26, 2017 2:59 PM

Joel Embiid had minor surgery on his left knee Friday to repair a torn meniscus.

Embiid should be able to transition to full weight-bearing workouts in about two weeks, according to a statement from Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, who performed the surgery in Los Angeles.

"He deserves some luck," 76ers coach Brett Brown said before Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls. "He's been through a lot, and he's a different person than his first injury."

Embiid missed the first two seasons of his career due to recurring right foot injuries.

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Joel Embiid 'Very Likely' To Undergo Knee Surgery

Mar 22, 2017 4:35 PM

Joel Embiid is "very likely" to undergo knee surgery on his torn meniscus.

Embiid has been meeting with doctors to determine his next steps.

Embiid was the overwhelming favorite to win Rookie of the Year before he was ruled out for the season. Embiid suffered a partially torn meniscus and bone bruise in his left knee Jan. 20 against Portland.

A recovery timetable won't be established, sources said, until after the procedure.

The Sixers initially hoped that surgery would not be necessary on the knee, but a recent scan revealed "a more pronounced tear," according to one source close to the situation.

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76ers Made 'Significant' Offer To Pacers For Paul George

Mar 21, 2017 12:58 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers offered a significant trade package at the deadline for Paul George.

The 76ers reportedly offered the Pacers their choice of Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel along with Robert Covington and at least two future first round picks for George.

The 76ers' preference was to keep their own future picks and move the draft rights of other teams like those of the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings to protect themselves in case George left in 2018.

The 76ers were not turned off by George's preference to play for the Lakers. Philadelphia was confident in their ability to convince George to stay with their young core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric.

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Tiago Splitter Assigned To D-League For Rehab
The assignment is the next step in Tiago Splitter's return to play protocol and will begin his participation in a full practice with the 87ers.

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets
The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading Paul George.

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Joel Embiid Meeting With Multiple Specialists Before Deciding Next Steps On Knee
Joel Embiid is likely to undergo surgery for his torn meniscus at some point in the future.

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76ers Sign Shawn Long To Multi-Year Deal
Shawn Long averaged 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.8 minutes in four games.

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Ben Simmons' Participation In 5-On-None Drills Has Helped 76ers Envision His Future
Brett Brown added that the play scripting is the clearest example of Ben Simmons' improvement as a basketball player despite his being sidelined this season with injury.

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Joel Embiid Endorses Dario Saric For Rookie Of The Year
Joel Embiid was the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year until his knee injury.

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76ers To Give Ben Simmons Every Opportunity To Be Their Starting Point Guard
Despite a deep draft of point guards, the 76ers are approaching their roster construction as though Ben Simmons will be their starting point guard long-term.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

76ers To Sign Shawn Long To 10-Day Contract
Shawn Long is averaging 20.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks in 29.5 minutes per game this season in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers.

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Dario Saric, Yogi Ferrell Named Rookies Of The Month For February
Dario Saric led all rookies in scoring (17.0 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (7.9 rpg) for the month.

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76ers To Sign Justin Harper To 10-Day Contract
Justin Harper had been playing with the D-Fenders of the D-League.

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Joel Embiid Out For Season With Torn Meniscus
Joel Embiid will miss the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics
Andrew Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

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Joel Embiid Out Indefinitely With Swelling In Knee
Joel Embiid has been out most recently with a knee issue.

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Andrew Bogut Plans To Sign With Cavs If Bought Out
‎Various ailments limited Andrew Bogut to 26 games with the Mavs.

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Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

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Joel Embiid Unhappy With How 76ers Handling Injury Updates
Joel Embiid went through a full scrimmage Thursday and the 76ers' medical staff was pleased by his progress.

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Ben Simmons Ruled Out For Entire 16-17 Season
Ben Simmons underwent surgery on a broken foot in training camp and a most recent scan shows the bone has not fully healed.

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Andrew Bogut Allowed To Sign With Warriors Due To CBA Loophole
The reacquisition restriction rule only applies to the "last trade" and not all prior trades as well.

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76ers Trying To Trade Andrew Bogut By Deadline
The Celtics and Cavaliers have monitored Andrew Bogut's situation all season.

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Mavs Acquire Nerlens Noel For 1st Rounder, Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut
Nerlens Noel will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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