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K.J. McDaniels Receiving Strong Consideration For Rising Stars Game Despite New Format Narrowing Roster

Jan 27, 2015 6:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers’ K.J. McDaniels has performed well enough to garner serious consideration for the NBA’s Rising Stars game during the All-Star Weekend, despite the event’s new format causing his status to be put into question around the NBA, league sources told RealGM.

The NBA has started a rookie-sophomore game centered on a matchup between U.S. and World players, two 10-man rosters with four front court players, four backcourt players and two mixed position players. Each team must have at least three rookies and three second-year players on the roster. Under the old, mixed rules, McDaniels would be considered a lock.

The entry of McDaniels will be up to the voting of assistant coaches, and questions about his candidacy to make the U.S. roster have been met with simple cases of his statistical outputs and transformative abilities on the court this season.

As a rookie, McDaniels, 21, has averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 blocks in 44 games. He has had a season full of dynamic blocks and dunks, a 6-foot-6 high-flyer who would enhance the exhibition challenge. Despite the U.S.-World change that has narrowed the competition, McDaniels has the prototypical skill set and season production to be part of the player pool.

The 76ers have gone 8-37 this season and have received backlash for their approach to team building, but could have four players in the Rising Stars game: McDaniels, Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Robert Covington.

McDaniels, the 32nd pick in last June’s NBA draft out of Clemson, has risen into one of the league’s most promising rookies.

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Ronald Roberts Expected To Sign In Philippines

Jan 27, 2015 12:44 PM

Ronald Roberts is on the verge of signing a lucrative contract in the Philippines.

Roberts was the D-League Player of the Week last week.

Roberts has been on the Philadelphia 76ers' roster this season, but did not appear in any games.

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Tags: Ronald Roberts, Philadelphia Sixers, Santa Cruz Warriors, Filipino PBA, NBA, D-League, International, International League, D-League Teams

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Bucks, Hornets, 76ers Interested In Gary Talton, D-League's Assists Leader

Jan 27, 2015 11:09 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers are exploring the call-up candidacy of Gary Talton, the NBA Development League’s assists leader, league sources told RealGM.

Behind 13 games of 10 or more assists, Talton has averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 assists and 40.6 percent three-point shooting this season. He has split the year with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, his current team.

Talton had two 20-assist performances earlier in the season with Rio Grande Valley, where he was surrounded by a bevy of shooters to feed passes. The 6-foot-1 point guard has notched double-doubles in three of his last five games with Fort Wayne.

Talton, 24, finished his collegiate career at UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago), averaging 12.3 points, 4.4 assists, four rebounds and 34.4 minutes per game as a senior. He went unselected in the 2013 NBA Draft, followed by free-agent workouts for teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies.

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76ers Sign Larry Drew II To 2nd 10-Day Contrat

Jan 26, 2015 12:50 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed guard Larry Drew II to a second 10-day contract. 

In six games played since joining the Sixers, Drew is averaging five points and four assists in nearly 19 minutes per game.  Dating back to the start of the 2000-01 season, Drew is one of just 22 players to have recorded at least 26 assists within the first six games of a career.

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Tony Wroten Has Partial ACL Tear In Right Knee

Jan 23, 2015 5:12 PM

Tony Wroten has a partial tear of his ACL in his right knee.

"While the precise timing and details of the procedure are still being finalized, what has been determined is that the ACL will need to be surgically repaired," said the Philadelphia 76ers in a statement.

“Until the procedure takes place, we are unable to provide a specific timeline for his return to play.”

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Dario Saric Beats Giannis To Win FIBA Europe Young Men's POY

Jan 21, 2015 10:48 AM

Dario Saric has won the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year award for 2014.

Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo finished a close second in the voting while Cedi Osman of Turkey rounded out the top three.

Saric led Cibona Zagreb to a win of the Adriatic League with an MVP performance in the Final Four.

A third campaign in the Croatian senior men's team followed, averaging 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds on his team's run to the Round of 16 at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Saric's NBA draft rights are owned by the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Robert Covington Establishes Himself As Part Of 76ers' Long-Term Plan Amid Inquiries

Jan 20, 2015 6:19 PM

A few NBA teams have placed interest in Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington, but the 24-year-old sharpshooter has been made largely unavailable from trade inquiries as a core part of the franchise’s long-term plans, league sources told RealGM.

Since signing a contract with the 76ers on Nov. 15, Covington has arguably been the team’s most consistently productive player, with a skill set that’s able to translate throughout the league’s 30 teams.

Over 31 games and 19 starts this season, Covington is averaging 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 27.2 minutes per game. He is a 39.2 percent shooter from three-point range, making 2.2 over 5.5 attempts a game.

The 76ers will have strong odds to land Covington into the rookie-sophomore Rising Stars Challenge game at All-Star weekend, along with K.J. McDaniels, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. Among second-year players, Covington ranks first in three-pointers per game, fifth in points behind Victor Oladipo, Carter-Williams, Shabazz Muhamad and Trey Burke and fifth in steals behind Noel (2013 Draft class, rookie), Oladipo, Shane Larkin and Carter-Williams.

As un undrafted forward out of Tennessee State in 2013, Covington landed with the Houston Rockets on a multi-year deal that summer. He was released in training camp this season, before turning into a valuable signing for Philadelphia.

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Joel Embiid Now Weighs 300 Pounds, 76ers Concerned With His Work Ethic

Jan 18, 2015 11:41 AM

Joel Embiid now weighs close to 300 pounds, representing a substantial gain from his 250 pounds while at Kansas last year.

Embiid's work ethic is being question by some within the Philadelphia 76ers.

Embiid had a blowup with assistant strength and conditioning coach James Davis, which is one of the reasons he was sent home during the team's recent West Coast road trip.

"He's a young, 20-year-old kid who is trying to figure his way into being a professional basketball player and learning life," Luc Mbah a Moute said.

Because of his foot injury, his conditioning has been limited. Embiid can only do things such as use the antigravity treadmill and take long walks to generate a rapid heart rate.

The Sixers are trying to address the added weight. Embiid, however, hasn't always been a willing workout participant, according to sources. He's even blown off conditioning drills, one source added.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Larry Drew II To Sign 10-Day Contract With 76ers

Jan 15, 2015 1:49 AM

Larry Drew II will be signed to a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, according to a source.

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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76ers Reneged On Agreement To Waive Andrei Kirilenko
The 76ers haven't released Andrei Kirilenko believing they could trade him before the deadline.

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Andrei Kirilenko Suspended By 76ers Without Pay
The NBA was notified of Andrei Kirilenko's suspension earlier this week.

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Clippers To Trade Jared Cunningham To 76ers
The Clippers are trading Jared Cunningham to the 76ers, according to sources.

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76ers View Nerlens Noel's Primary Position As Center
The 76ers have experimented at times this season with playing Nerlens Noel at power forward.

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Malcolm Thomas To Re-Sign With 76ers
Malcolm Thomas was waived this season by the 76ers on Nov. 10.

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76ers Have 'Zero Interest' In Claiming Josh Smith
The 76ers are the only team under the cap with enough space to claim Josh Smith off waivers.

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Silver Believes Some Teams Are Going Through 'Legitimate Rebuilding Process'
Adam Silver believes the public perception of tanking is a bigger issue than what teams are actually hoping to accomplish.

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76ers To Waive Ronny Turiaf
Ronny Turiaf was acquired by the 76ers in a three-team trade on Friday.

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Rockets Acquire Corey Brewer From Wolves For Troy Daniels
Corey Brewer has been traded to the Rockets.

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Alexey Shved To Strongly Consider Return To Europe As Free Agent For Lucrative Offers
Alexey Shved will strongly consider returning to Europe where he has received outlines for multi-million dollar offers, league sources told RealGM.

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Arnett Moultrie Signs With Jiangsu Nangang
Arnett Moultrie was the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and spent two seasons with the 76ers before being traded to the Knicks in October.

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Furkan Aldemir Signs Four-Year, $12M Deal With 76ers
Furkan Aldemir has landed a four-year contract worth around $12 million with the 76ers, according to sources.

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Brett Brown Upset By 76ers' Decision To Trade Brandon Davies
Brett Brown said "there is a human side of it that bothers me because you are trying to grow chemistry, you are trying to grow a culture."

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76ers Sign Ronald Roberts From D-League, Waive Jorge Gutierrez
Ronald Roberts started all eight games for the Sevens so far this season, averaging team-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 67% from the floor.

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Malcolm Lee Waived By 76ers
The 76ers waived Malcolm Lee on Thursday, the team announced.

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Nets Trade Andrei Kirilenko, 2020 2nd Rounder To 76ers
The 76ers will acquire Andrei Kirilenko, a 2020 second round pick, along with the right to swap 2018 second rounders and cash from the Nets.

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76ers Waive Drew Gordon, Sign Malcolm Lee
The 76ers have waived Drew Gordon to sign Malcolm Lee from the D-League.

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Some Around NBA Warn Brett Brown He Could Be Eventually Cast Aside By 76ers
Gregg Popovich suggested to Brett Brown in 2013 not to accept anything less than a four-year deal

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Dario Saric Named Euroleague MVP For November
Dario Saric averaged 15.5 points and 7.75 rebounds while making 61 percent of his two-point shots.

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