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76ers Claim Thomas Robinson On Waivers

Feb 24, 2015 4:25 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have placed a waiver claim on Thomas Robinson.

Robinson was prepared to sign with the Brooklyn Nets if he cleared waivers.

The Denver Nuggets released Robinson this week.

Claiming Robinson allows the 76ers to exceed the salary cap floor.

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Report: 76ers Were Willing To Discuss Trade Of Joel Embiid For 2015 Pick

Feb 24, 2015 11:08 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers were trying to trade up for a top pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and indicated a willingness to discuss Joel Embiid or any player on their team, an NBA source told Forbes.com's Mark Heisler.

While the souce is unnamed, Heisler has long covered Phil Jackson, and the New York Knicks will have one of the top selections in the draft. Heisler also has close connections to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Embiid was drafted third overall last June and has been out for the entire season following surgery on a broken bone in his right foot.

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Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Andrei Kirilenko Signs With CSKA

Feb 24, 2015 10:35 AM

Andrei Kirilenko has officially signed with CSKA for the remainder of the season.

Kirilenko said in a statement that at 34, "the time has come to think about ending my career at the professional level" and that he wants to do that at CSKA.

Kirilenko spent the 11-12 season with CSKA before returning to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kirilenko then signed with the Brooklyn Nets before the 13-14 season.

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JaVale McGee Wants To Remain With 76ers

Feb 23, 2015 12:11 PM

JaVale McGee would like to remain with the Philadelphia 76ers for the duration of his contract and beyond.

McGee is signed through the 15-16 NBA season.

"I don't want to get bought out," said McGee. "That's not a positive thing. When you think about it, you don't get all of your money when you get bought out.

"So it doesn't make sense why someone would want to get bought out unless they are older - older and they want to go to a contender or something. I'm not that old. I just want to play basketball."

McGee was acquired by the 76ers from the Denver Nuggets, who included a future first round pick in what was essentially a salary dump.

"We are coming into this whole thing with an open mind," Brett Brown said Sunday. "He is around a bunch of genuine people, coaches that care. That will give him every chance to keep moving and to be as good as he can be.

"And if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. But it's not going to be on us."

McGee also sees this as an opportunity to mentor rookie centers Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. In addition to backing up Noel, McGee said he can help with the young players' confidence.

"When I was with the Wizards, I think it was my sophomore year, we won like 19 games," he said. "So I've been in the same situation. I've just definitely got to get these young guys' heads into it where they stay positive, keep playing hard, just look for wins and [learn] how to win."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: JaVale McGee, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Claim Ish Smith, Waive Malcolm Thomas

Feb 22, 2015 5:59 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed guard Ish Smith after claiming off his waivers.

Smith has appeared in 221 career NBA games and owns career averages of three points, two assists and over one rebound per game. He was selected by the Delaware 87ers during the team's expansion draft in August, 2013.  

Smith finished at Wake Forest as the first player in school history to record 1,000 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds in a career.

In a related move, the Sixers have waived Malcolm Thomas.

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Andrei Kirilenko To Sign With CSKA

Feb 22, 2015 1:09 PM

Andrei Kirilenko will sign with CSKA Moscow when he clears waivers.

Kirilenko and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed upon a buyout this weekend.

Kirilenko was traded to the 76ers by the Brooklyn Nets in December.

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Andrei Kirilenko Waived By 76ers

Feb 21, 2015 5:11 PM

Andrei Kirilenko has been waived by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Kirilenko came to the 76ers via trade from the Brooklyn Nets.

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76ers Have Strong Interest In Emmanuel Mudiay

Feb 21, 2015 3:32 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have already taken a liking to Emmanuel Mudiay, according to Larry Brown. 

"[Michael Carter-Willilams] was rookie of the year and I know they have been interested in Emmanuel, and I thought, man, that is a backcourt made in heaven because they are both long and athletic," Brown said. ". . . I want to help in any way I can because I am sure it is obvious [Mudiay] is on their radar, and when the time comes I know the kid as well as anybody and would be happy to help." 

The 6-foot-5 point guard, 18, had committed to SMU before deciding to play in China.

Marc Narducci/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Hinkie: I Believe In Optionality, We Won't Bat 1,000 With Draft Picks

Feb 20, 2015 11:36 AM

With Michael Carter-Williams traded, Isaiah Canaan moves forward as the Philadelphia 76ers' point guard.

"Isaiah Canaan is our point guard," said Sam Hinkie. "Trade won't clear tonight, but by Sunday. He is an interesting prospect."

Hinkie helped explain his strategy in trading away Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels for draft picks.

"We will not bat 1,000 in the draft. We're going to miss some. But we have a bushel-full of them.

"I believe a lot in optionality. I believe a lot in flexibility. I believe a lot in making a decision as late as you can."

RealGM Note: Optionality was made popular by author Nassim Taleb.

“Optionality is the property of asymmetric upside (preferably unlimited) with correspondingly limited downside (preferably tiny).”

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Sam Hinkie: Important We Continue To Be Aggressive In Ways We Build Roster

Feb 19, 2015 10:45 PM

Sam Hinkie released a statement following their trades on Thursday of Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels.

The Philadelphia 76ers picked up additional draft assets in exchange for two of their most productive young players.

“Michael and K.J. each brought their enormous talents with them to the Sixers. Once here, they both flourished within our player development program, which is a testament to their own work ethic and the dedication of our coaching staff. 

“As we move forward, it is important that we continue to be aggressive in the ways in which we build our roster, and sometimes that includes making difficult decisions in order to further our goal of building something special for Philadelphia.”

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76ers Sign Tim Frazier To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Tim Frazier has averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 8.7 assists in 35.7 minutes per game in three appearances with the 76ers.

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76ers Don't Plan On Discussing Buyout With JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee has a contract that owes him $11.2 million this season and $12 million in the 2015-16 season.

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K.J. McDaniels Traded By 76ers To Rockets
K.J. McDaniels has been traded by the 76ers for Isaiah Canaan and a second round pick.

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Suns, Bucks, 76ers Agree Upon Knight, Carter-Williams Trade
Brandon Knight and Michael Carter-Williams were traded just before the deadline.

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76ers Acquire JaVale McGee, 1st Round Pick From Nuggets
JaVale McGee signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Nuggets in 2012.

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Charles Barkley Was Traded To Lakers In 1992 Before 76ers Backed Out
The Lakers, Suns and Blazers were trying to trade for Charles Barkley in 1992.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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76ers To Sign Tim Frazier To 10-Day Contract
Tim Frazier has played with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA D-League this season.

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Mike Efevberha Receives Interest To Join NBA System Of Kings, 76ers Through D-League
Mike Efevberha is receiving interest from the Kings and 76ers to integrate his rights into their NBA system via the D-League, a league source told RealGM.

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K.J. McDaniels Receiving Strong Consideration For Rising Stars Game Despite New Format Narrowing Roster
K.J. McDaniels has performed well enough to receive serious consideration for the NBA’s Rising Stars game during the All-Star Weekend.

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Ronald Roberts Expected To Sign In Philippines
Ronald Roberts is on the verge of signing a lucrative contract in the Philippines.

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Bucks, Hornets, 76ers Interested In Gary Talton, D-League's Assists Leader
Gary Talton has averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 assists and 40.6 percent three-point shooting this season for Fort Wayne.

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76ers Sign Larry Drew II To 2nd 10-Day Contrat
In six games played since joining the Sixers, Larry Drew II is averaging five points and four assists in nearly 19 minutes per game.

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Tony Wroten Has Partial ACL Tear In Right Knee
Tony Wroten will need surgery on his right knee.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Dario Saric Beats Giannis To Win FIBA Europe Young Men's POY
Dario Saric led Cibona Zagreb to a win of the Adriatic League with an MVP performance in the Final Four.

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Robert Covington Establishes Himself As Part Of 76ers' Long-Term Plan Amid Inquiries
The 76ers will have strong odds to land Robert Covington into the rookie-sophomore Rising Stars Challenge game at All-Star weekend.

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Joel Embiid Now Weighs 300 Pounds, 76ers Concerned With His Work Ethic
Joel Embiid has reportedly skipped some conditioning sessions.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Larry Drew II To Sign 10-Day Contract With 76ers
Larry Drew has played for the Sioux Falls SkyForce in the NBA D-League this season.

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Veteran Player: Nobody Wants To Play For 76ers
The Sixers hope their team will become a desired destination for free agents in a few seasons.

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