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76ers Assign JaKarr Sampson To D-League

The Philadelphia 76ers assigned forward JaKarr Sampson to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League on Friday.

Sampson has appeared in nine games with two starts for the Sixers this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Brett Brown: Nobody Knew Year 2 Would Be Like This

The Philadelphia 76ers have lost their first 11 games and are eight losses away from the longest-season opening losing streak.

"That's where we're at, everybody," he said. "And we're not crying about it. We don't want sympathy. We come to work. I get it."

The 14 players who have played so far this season for the 76ers have an average age of 23.3 years.

"When I first took this job, when [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] took his job, nobody knew that year two was going to play out like this," Brown said after practice Thursday.

The 76ers were expecting a big improvement with two first round picks, but they instead selected an injured player (Joel Embiid) and one that would remain in Europe (Dario Saric).

"We put our big-boy pants on and made a decision that is best for the club long-term," Brown said. "Time will tell. But the year that we are all now living in is a result of those types of decisions. That's why you look on the floor and see a roster like you do and resumés like you do."

Via Matt Breen/Philadelphia Inquirer

Allen Iverson Stops Nike From Selling Shoes With His Likeness

Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team color.

Iverson endorses rival company Reebok and has been with the brand since being drafted in the NBA in 1996.

The Nike sneaker included the No. 3 — Iverson's number — on each back heel and the red, white and blue colors of the Philadelphia 76ers.

"Nike has made a business decision to not move forward with the shoe in the red/blue and white/purple colorways," KeJuan Wilkins said in an email. "However, two colorways inspired by the original 1996 colorways will still be available for purchase."

Via Dan Gelston/Associated Press

Jason Richardson Hopes To Return From Stress Fracture As Soon As December

Jason Richardson believes he will return as soon as December from a stress fracture in his right foot, which followed left knee surgery.

Asked if he expects to play this season, Richardson said: “No doubt in my mind.”

Richardson added he will “definitely be back before the all-star break or January or maybe even before this year is over with. I’ll see how my body takes all this training and getting ready for it.”

Richardson, 33, is the highest-paid member of the Philadelphia 76ers this season, earning $6.6 million in the final year of his contract.

Via Tom Moore/Calkins Media

76ers Sign Robert Covington

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent forward Robert Covington.

Covington was the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Development League Draft by the Grand Rapids Drive.

As a rookie last season, Covington saw action in seven games for the Houston Rockets while spending most of his time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. In 42 games (41 starts) for the Vipers, Covington averaged 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks in 34 minutes per game while also averaging 3.2 3-pointers made on 37.0% shooting. In addition to being named the 2014 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, Covington also earned D-League First Team honors and won the MVP award at the D-League All-Star game after scoring a record 33 points in helping his team to victory. 

In a related move, the Sixers waived Chris Johnson.

Via RealGM Staff Report

76ers Waive Chris Johnson

The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Chris Johnson.

Johnson was waived in order to make room for the signing of Robert Covington.

Via Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Robert Covington To Sign Multi-Year Deal With 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a deal with Robert Covington.

David Pick reports the deal will be a four-year agreement.

Covington appeared in seven games last season with the Houston Rockets and 42 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

76ers Call Up Drew Gordon, Waive Malcolm Thomas

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Drew Gordon from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.

Gordon appeared in six preseason games for Philadelphia, averaging 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game while shooting 64.5% from the floor.  He also played for the Sixers entry in the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

The 76ers have also waived Malcolm Thomas.

Via RealGM Staff Report

76ers Using International Leagues To Stash Young Talent

The Philadelphia 76ers have stashed several young talented players in international leagues in order to keep their rights as long as they remain away from the team.

Dario Saric is the most high-profile of the overseas players. Vasilije Micic, a Serbian point guard, plays for FC Bayern Munich of the German BBL. Former Tennessee standout Jordan McRae is with Melbourne United of the Australian National Basketball League. Turkish power forward Furkan Aldemir plays for Galatasarai Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball League. And Iranian power forward Arsalan Kazemi is with the Chongqing Flying Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. 

Some around the league have argued that stashing some of the players overseas is a blatant tanking tactic, since plenty of NBA minutes are available on the Sixers. 

The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder have also used a similar tactic by stashing talented players overseas to keep their rookie rights.

Via Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Robert Covington, 76ers Nearly Finalize Agreement; Forward Likely Signing In D-League

Free agent forward Robert Covington and the Philadelphia 76ers progressed toward finalizing a multi-year contract this week, but a deal has deteriorated as the two sides failed to agree upon contract length, league sources told RealGM.

Without an NBA deal, Covington is expected to sign a contract in the NBA Development League on Thursday, where several organizations plan to monitor the 6-foot-9 forward. The 76ers had offered Covington their standard, four-year proposal, with high contract guarantees, and both sides couldn’t agree to a shorter-term deal.

Covington was formally waived by the Houston Rockets over the weekend, despite being informed of a parting with the franchise early in October.

An undrafted prospect out of Tennessee State, Covington had a breakout season in the D-League a year ago, averaging 23.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals for Rio Grande Valley and winning several awards (All-Star Game MVP, All D-League First Team).

He averaged 2.3 points and 4.8 minutes in seven regular-season appearances for the Rockets.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Philadelphia Sixers Archives

Knicks Trade Outlaw, 2nd Rounder To 76ers To Clear Roster Space

The Knicks will also send a future second round pick to the 76ers.

76ers Sign Malcolm Thomas

Malcolm Thomas is entering his fourth NBA season, having been named an NBA Development League All-Star last season.

Malcolm Thomas Agrees To Deal With 76ers

Malcolm Thomas will be a part of the 76ers' 15-man roster on opening night.

Nets Trade Marquis Teague, 2nd Round Pick To 76ers For Casper Ware

Marquis Teague appeared in 40 games for the Bulls and the Nets last season.

Michael Carter-Williams Targets Return From Shoulder Injury On Nov. 13

Michael Carter-Williams has been out since May after surgery on his right shoulder.

13 Teams Vote Against Lottery Reform, Current System Stays In Place

The 76ers and Thunder led the charge against changing the draft lottery system.

Thunder, Bucks Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform

Sam Presti has attempted to warn other small-market executives that changing the system is a risky proposition for their franchises.

76ers, Knicks, Lakers, Celtics Each Have Only One Player In ESPN's Top-100

Michael Carter-Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo represent their respective teams in the top-100.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Dario Saric Unlikely To Sign With 76ers Before 2016 Despite Unhappiness With Turkish Club

There is not a buyout in Dario Saric's two-year contract with Efes.

76ers Could Revisit Michael Carter-Williams Trade Talks

The 76ers do like Michael Carter-Williams, but point guard is the most replaceable position in today's NBA

Carter-Williams Given Longer Actual Recovery Time Than 76ers Released

The 76ers originally announced Michael Carter-Williams' rehab time from a torn labrum as two to four months, but it was actually six to nine months.

Brett Brown Approaches 76ers' Job With 'Very Long Lens'

The 76ers finished 13-14 with the second worse record in the NBA and are expected to struggle again to produce wins this season.

76ers Sign Drew Gordon, Malcolm Lee; Waive Keith Bogans, Jarvis Varnado

The 76ers signed Drew Gordon and Malcolm Lee to their training camp roster on Tuesday.

Nerlens Noel Parts Ways With Reebok

Nerlens Noel's camp is discussing a new endorsement deal with other brands.

Harris Believes 76ers Have Already 'Bottomed'

Josh Harris is happy with the direction of the 76ers.

K.J. McDaniels Agrees Upon One-Year Tender With 76ers As 2nd Round Pick

K.J. McDaniels is taking less money upfront from Sam Hinkie and the 76ers to become a free agent sooner.

76ers Waive Pierre Jackson

Pierre Jackson will receive a guaranteed $400,00 from the 76ers for this season while he rehabs from an Achilles tear.

Chris Johnson Claimed By 76ers Off Waivers

Chris Johnson was recently waived by the Celtics.

Cavaliers Trade Keith Bogans To 76ers

The Cavaliers will also send a future second-round pick and create a $5.3 million trade exception in the process.
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