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76ers Hire P.J. Carlesimo As Top Assistant Coach

May 27, 2016 6:31 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will hire P.J. Carlesimo as Brett Brown's top assistant coach.

Carlesimo will replace Mike D'Antoni, who was hired by the Houston Rockets as head coach.

Carlesimo and Brown previously worked together with the San Antonio Spurs.

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76ers Have 'Very High Likelihood' Of Trading Nerlens Noel Or Jahlil Okafor

May 27, 2016 11:56 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to trade either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor this offseason.

Noel was selected in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kentucky while Okafor was picked in 2015 out of Duke. They struggled when sharing the floor at the same time in 15-16 and Philadelphia also has Joel Embiid coming back from injury.

Noel is eligible for a rookie contract extension this offseason.

"I think that there's a very high likelihood, that whether it's to move up in the draft or use them to grab a free agent in a sign and trade or just to a trade, that you will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season," said ESPN's Chad Ford. "I think that they'll gauge the interest of both players. I think that there might be a slight preference for Noel, to keep him around with the Sixers, and I think you might be right, there might be a slight, better value for Okafor out on the market, but I think everyone agrees that that combination of those two players doesn't necessarily work.

"The Sixers needs to pick up assets, especially if they're gonna go ahead and do a Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram with the first pick in the draft. Then they're gonna need those assets to start to fill out their backcourt, because the 24th pick and [the 26th pick], you're not finding starters. I'm not even sure that you're necessarily finding rotation players at that back end of the draft that are gonna make big impact, so they're gonna have to do that via free agency or via trade, and I think either Okafor or Noel — I don't think they'll trade both — but one of those two is probably their best trade chip."

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Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers To Expand Workouts For No. 1 Pick Beyond Simmons, Ingram

May 23, 2016 11:22 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers will work out multiple prospects as they consider their options with the first overall pick.

The 76ers are widely expected to pick between Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons, but they expect to also work out Jaylen Brown, Kris Dunn and Jamal Murray.

Philadelphia is also considering offering invitations to Buddy Hield and Dragan Bender.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray, Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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Joel Embiid Making Progress But Remains Unlikely For Summer League

May 20, 2016 10:38 AM

Joel Embiid is unlikely to participate in Summer League with the Philadelphia 76ers.

But Embiid continues to make oncourt progress returning from multiple foot surgeries.

The 76ers want to make sure Embiid doesn't suffer a setback before the start of the regular season.

Asked Tuesday at the lottery if Embiid's situation is a cloud hanging over the organization, Bryan Colangelo replied, "I'd like to think of it as just an uncertainty, not necessarily a cloud. It's one more thing we're going through as far as progress and development.

"I would tell you that things are moving along, apparently in a very good fashion right now. And we're hopeful that he's part of things. Obviously, we're just going to have to wait and see how that plays out."

Tom Moore/Courier Times

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Summer League

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76ers Leaning Toward Selecting Ben Simmons First Overall

May 18, 2016 11:39 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers are leaning heavily toward selecting Ben Simmons with the first overall pick.

The 76ers will continue to consider Brandon Ingram but they have confidence in the upside of Simmons.

Simmons was born and raised in Australia, where 76ers director of performance research and development David T. Martin was an iconic sports-science leader until leaving the Australian Institute of Sport for Philadelphia in 2015.

Brett Brown also coached Simmons’ father, Dave, with the Melbourne Tigers.

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76ers Also Were Initially Drawn For Second Overall Pick

May 18, 2016 11:16 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers won the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery and their number also came up when they drew the second overall pick.

The 76ers had the best odds in history to get the top overall pick due to their place with the worst record in the league and also owning a pick swap with the Sacramento Kings.

Sam Hinkie stepped down as general manager of the 76ers in April but he has positioned the franchise to rebuild with a considerable number of valuable future draft picks.

In next year's draft, the 76ers will have their own pick and also the Lakers' (top-3 protected).

"It's unfortunate that Sam isn't here to be a part of this," Bryan Colangelo said. "But it was his choice."

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76ers Solicited Tweet From Dikembe Mutombo In Case They Won Lottery

May 17, 2016 9:58 PM

Dikembe Mutombo created a stir on Tuesday afternoon several hours before the NBA Draft Lottery by congratulating the Philadelphia 76ers for getting the first overall pick.

The 76ers had solicited a Tweet from Mutombo if they were to win the lottery.

“As you know tonight is the NBA Draft Lottery and we are all excited and hopeful we walk away with the #1 overall pick,” the email read. “To help create excitement for the team, would it be possible for you (or whoever controls your account) to post a congratulatory tweet in the event we do get the #1 Overall Pick? I know you have ties to many teams, but none of which would be in the running for the #1 pick this year.”

There were sample tweets provided, along with a suggestion to just retweet the 76ers account.

 

Mutombo said he didn't read the email carefully and wanted to be supportive of the 76ers.

“People will say whatever they want to say,” he said on Tuesday night. “… You cannot stop them.”

Nina Mandell/USA Today

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Mike D'Antoni To Receive 2nd Interview With Rockets

May 17, 2016 9:06 PM

Mike D'Antoni will receive a second interview with the Houston Rockets for their head coaching vacancy.

The Rockets fired Kevin McHale in November and decided not to retain J.B. Bickerstaff.

D'Antoni is currently associate head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. D'Antoni has previously been a head coach with the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

After an impressive first interview, D'Antoni will sit-down with Rockets' owner Leslie Alexander.

Jeff Van Gundy and Frank Vogel have also been considered strong candidates for the Rockets.

Van Gundy has received strong support from Daryl Morey but Alexander isn't sold on the concept of a reunion.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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76ers Sell Jersey Ad Space To Stubhub On Three-Year, $15M Deal

May 16, 2016 10:24 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have sold ad space on their jerseys to Stubhub on a three-year deal at $5 million per season.

The 76ers are the first NBA team to have an advertiser in place ahead of the 17-18 season when the program begins.

"We are about being first, being different, being innovative and getting to market at quickly as we can," 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil said. "We're thrilled that the NBA has decided to be an innovator among the major sports leagues in this country, we're happy that we will be the beneficiaries, and we know that being first here will drive value for our partner."

NBA teams will keep half of the money generated by selling sponsorships with the other half going into a split pool.

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76ers Interested In Trade If They Get Two Top-5 Picks
The 76ers could own two top-5 picks as well as the 24th and 26th overall picks.

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Brett Brown Representing 76ers At Lottery
Brett Brown was hired by Sam Hinkie and has continued to be the head coach through the early parts of the Colangelo regime.

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RealGM Radio: Derek Bodner (76ers / NBA Draft)
Host Danny Leroux and Derek Bodner of Philadelphia Magazine, the USA Today and DraftExpress discuss the 76ers and the NBA Draft

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76ers Hire Ned Cohen From League Office
Ned Cohen was most recently in the NBA league office as Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations.

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Dario Saric Intends To Play For Sixers Next Season
Dario Saric, who was selected in the 2014 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, reportedly told teammates he plans to leave Europe for the NBA this offseason.

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Elton Brand Expected To Retire Again
Elton Brand believes the 76ers have a promising future.

Christopher A. Vito/Delaware County Times

76ers Could Fire Brett Brown, Elevate Mike D'Antoni
If Mike D'Antoni receives an offer to become head coach from another team, the 76ers may be tempted to fire Brett Brown to keep him.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

NBA Restricting Jerry Colangelo's Access As Part Of USA Basketball
Rival teams protested about the potential for conflicts and player tampering after Jerry Colangelo joined the the 76ers while also working with USA Basketball.

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Bryan Colangelo Named President Of 76ers
Bryan Colangelo offered praise to the job Sam Hinkie did as GM.

AP

Bryan Colangelo Badly Wanted Nets Job, Needed Convincing On 76ers
Bryan Colangelo wanted to avoid working in the shadow of his father amid claims of nepotism.

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Jerry Colangelo Wanted Hinkie Marginalized To Analytics Or Out Of 76ers
Sam Hinkie's strong suspicion is Jerry Colangelo leaked the document to the press.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

76ers Expected To Hire Marc Eversley Of Wizards
Marc Eversley previously worked with Bryan Colangelo in the Raptors' front office.

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Brett Brown Not In Danger Of Losing Job As 76ers' Head Coach
Brett Brown signed an extension with the 76ers through the 18-19 season in December.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

76ers, Magic, Lakers Have NBA's Worst Records Since Dwight/Bynum Trade In 2013
The 76ers have a winning percentage of .250, followed by the Magic at .312 and the Lakers at .336.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

76ers Close To Hiring Bryan Colangelo

Marc Stein/ESPN

Sam Hinkie Steps Down As 76ers' GM
Sam Hinkie was hired as GM of the 76ers in 2013.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Christian Wood Signs With 76ers For Remainder Of Season
Christian Wood's deal contains no future years.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Sam Hinkie Lost 20 Pounds Due To Stress Earlier In Season
Sam Hinkie was responding to whether he cares about the 76ers possibly going 9-73 this season.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Joel Embiid Cleared For Everything Except Full-Contact, Full-Court Scrimmaging
The plan is for Joel Embiid to skip Summer League and begin playing in the preseason in October.

Tom Moore/Bucks County Times

Jerry Colangelo Asks For Support From 76ers' Fans
Jerry Colangelo said in a video "there's only one way to go and that's up. And it's going to be fun building it."

Tom Moore/Courier Times