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

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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

Mar 21, 2017 10:46 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have assigned Tiago Splitter to the Delaware 87ers of the D-League.

The assignment is the next step in Splitter's return to play protocol and will begin his participation in a full practice with the 87ers.

Splitter was acquired by the 76ers at the deadline from the Atlanta Hawks.

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets

Mar 21, 2017 10:09 AM

The Indiana Pacers discussed a Paul George trade with at least the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline.

The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading George.

George wants to play for a contender and can be a free agent in 2018.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as the place he would like to play if he leaves Indiana.

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Joel Embiid Meeting With Multiple Specialists Before Deciding Next Steps On Knee

Mar 16, 2017 6:07 PM

Joel Embiid met up with the Philadelphia 76ers in Los Angeles last weekend when they were in town for back-to-back games against the Clippers and Lakers.

Embiid met with one of his doctors there to check out the torn meniscus in his left knee.

Embiid stayed behind in Los Angeles with Dr. David Martin, the Sixers' director of performance research and development, and the two traveled to San Diego to see another specialist.

There is no timetable for any treatment of Embiid's injury and they want him to be seen by as many specialists as possible.

Surgery hasn't been something the Sixers have discussed, but according to two orthopedic surgeons, it would seem probable. A minor repair would result in a six-to-eight week recovery but a bigger tear could mean a six-eight month recovery. The 76ers have contended that the tear is "slight" and "minor".

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

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76ers Sign Shawn Long To Multi-Year Deal

Mar 16, 2017 6:03 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Shawn Long to a partially guaranteed multi-year deal.

The contract is guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Long will have two seasons remaining in his deal.

Long's 10-day contract with the 76ers expired on Wednesday.

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

Mar 15, 2017 1:12 AM

Ben Simmons' participation in five-on-none drills has been a benefit for the Philadelphia 76ers' coaching staff.

"It helps," Brett Brown said. "I see different things when I watch him out there. You can see how you can post smaller people. You can see how he might be effective in different ways that you didn't [see] drawing it on paper."

Brown added that the play scripting is the clearest example of Simmons' improvement as a basketball player despite his being sidelined this season with injury. 

Simmons has also improved his shooting form.

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Joel Embiid Endorses Dario Saric For Rookie Of The Year

Mar 13, 2017 12:03 PM

Joel Embiid is endorsing Dario Saric for Rookie of the Year.

Saric scored a career high 29 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in the Philadelphia 76ers' 118-116 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

“He’s the rookie of the year,” Embiid said of his rookie teammate. “That’s the guy.”

Embiid was the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year until his knee injury.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Brett Brown said of Embiid’s comment. “I’ve heard Joel say that, not a lot, but he means it. I think it’s a reflection of Joel first. I think it’s an example that it’s a very close team and I think it confirms our belief that one of those two is going to end up with rookie of the year.”

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Award

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76ers To Give Ben Simmons Every Opportunity To Be Their Starting Point Guard

Mar 6, 2017 11:18 AM

Despite a deep draft of point guards, the Philadelphia 76ers are approaching their roster construction as though Ben Simmons will be their starting point guard long-term.

"I feel that the team has to try that immediately," Brett Brown said. "In my eyes, we are going to try that. I feel that it's something that I doubt you say, 'That didn't work,' and you just move on quickly.

"There has to be a body of work that you judge him on."

Simmons will miss this entire season after surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot.

Among those expected to be the top point guards in June's draft are Washington's Markelle Fultz, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, North Carolina State's Dennis Smith Jr., and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox. Also in the mix is Frank Ntilikina, an 18-year-old French point guard.

There are also a number of free agent point guards with Kyle Lowry in particular linked to the 76ers due to ties to Philadelphia.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

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76ers To Sign Shawn Long To 10-Day Contract

Mar 6, 2017 10:31 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign Shawn Long to a 10-day contract.

The 76ers have a roster spot available due to an injured player exception.

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.

Long went undrafted out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2016 and played with the 76ers in Summer League.

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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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76ers Call Bulls On Availability Of Jimmy Butler
Like the Celtics, the 76ers are capable of putting together an enticing package for Jimmy Butler with their combination of young players and future draft pick assets.

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Lakers, Kings Could Be Trade Partner For 76ers On Jahlil Okafor
The 76ers have had discussions with 10 or 11 teams on a trade for Jahlil Okafor.

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Bulls Pursue Trade With 76ers For Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor has been on the trading block by the 76ers for several weeks.

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Hawks Trade Tiago Splitter, Two 2nd Rounders To 76ers For Ersan Ilyasova
The 76ers are finalizing a trade to send Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks for two second round picks and Tiago Splitter.

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76ers Prefer To Trade Jahlil Okafor By Deadline But Not Necessary
The 76ers still value Jahlil Okafor as a third overall pick, though rival teams don't view him that way.

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Pacers Interested In Trading For Jahlil Okafor
The Pacers have been motivated to upgrade their roster around Paul George and appear willing to trade their first round pick this season.

Ramona Shelburne, Chris Haynes/ESPN

Pelicans Nearly Dealt For Jahlil Okafor With Similar Offer As Cousins' Trade
The deal between the Pelicans and 76ers fell apart over pick protections.

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Blazers Were Close To Jahlil Okafor Trade Before Dealing For Jusuf Nurkic
Talks between the Blazers and 76ers were advanced enough for Philadelphia to pull Jahlil Okafor from their lineup.

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