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Nerlens Noel Frustrated By 76ers' 'Silly' Center Logjam

Sep 26, 2016 11:37 AM

Nerlens Noel expressed his frustrating at media day with the Philadelphia 76ers inability to balance out their roster this offseason as they head into 16-17 with three centers who were each high lottery picks.

"I think it's just silly . . . this situation that we are in now with three starting centers," Noel said on the eve of the Sixers' media day. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer."

Noel will most likely become a reserve center to Joel Embiid.

Noel is not asking to be traded or demanding the 76ers trade someone else.

"I feel like it definitely needs to be figured out," he said. "I think at the end of the day, again, you have three starting-caliber centers. And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated."

Noel can become a restricted free agent in 2017.

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Joel Embiid To Be On Minutes Restriction, Won't Play Back-To-Back Nights

Sep 19, 2016 5:59 PM

Joel Embiid will be on a minutes restriction and also isn't expected to play on back-to-back nights during at least the early part of his rookie season.

Embiid underwent two operations on the navicular bone of his right foot, causing him to miss all of his first two seasons in the NBA.

Embiid was the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Kansas and was expected to go first overall until his injury concerns came to light.

The 76ers also have Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel on their roster at center.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Brett Brown: Difference Now Is Everybody Is Going To Want To Win Some Games

Sep 19, 2016 11:55 AM

Brett Brown is seeing differences around the Philadelphia 76ers as he begins his fourth season as head coach.

Sam Hinkie stepped down as general manager in April with Bryan Colangelo hired to replace him.

"The difference is everybody is going to want to win some games," said Brown. "Let's call it for what it is. I feel like that we are going to want to see growth on the court as it relates to wins."

The 76ers won just 10 games last season and a combined 47 in his first three seasons.

"And we are going to see the path of these young guys slowly start to look like they belong on an NBA court," Brown said. "And we all say, 'Wow, project Joel Embiid out in two or three years.' "

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Sam Hinkie To Teach At Stanford, Snowboard, Watch Basketball During 'Gap Year'

Sep 14, 2016 7:32 PM

Sam Hinkie made his first public comments since he stepped down as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers in a series of Twitter posts.

"Writing this from a Starbucks in Palo Alto, CA. It’s 5 blocks from our house. My wife and I brought our boys here for this next chapter," wrote Hinkie. "The more I thought about it, the more obvious it became that a sort of gap year here was right. If we were younger, maybe we’d have backpacked around the world—I surely would have snowboarded more.

"But we’re parents, so we’re here planting seeds for tomorrow. Especially their tomorrow.

"I’ve always been focused on learning as fast as I can and figuring out how I can do things better. So a period like this felt super rare. And there may be no better place on the planet to learn right now than right here. My hope is to learn even more about how what’s happening here will impact the basketball world—it’s impacting most everything else.

"While I wait to see what’s next for us, I’ll teach a little (at Stanford), keep talking to the long list of people I can learn from, watch tons of basketball, and soak up all that I can. Oh, and snowboard. For sure snowboard.

"In the meantime, if you read anything good, send it my way."

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Jerry Colangelo: 'Guarded Optimism' Appropriate For 76ers

Sep 10, 2016 7:59 PM

Jerry Colangelo was hired by the Philadelphia 76ers' last December as chairman of Basketball Operations and then took a role as special adviser to the managing partner following the hiring of his son, Bryan Colangelo, as general manager.

The 76ers are in the middle of a rebound though they're widely expected to be improved in 16-17 with the draft selection of Ben Simmons, as well as the additions of Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.

"I'm sure that everyone should have optimism," Colangelo said. "But there's a word I've always used over the years about optimism. It should be guarded optimism because things take time. When you're building teams — and I've had the privilege of doing that quite a few times in my career — you're adding pieces here and there, and then once in a while you strike out and get that last piece. I think where the Sixers are today is, this is the beginning of that particular process, and that is building what everyone would hope to be a championship team."

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Elton Brand, 76ers Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Sep 7, 2016 3:35 PM

Elton Brand and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed upon a one-year deal.

Brand joined the 76ers midseason in 15-16 to provide veteran leadership.

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76ers Officialy Sign Cat Barber

Aug 31, 2016 6:15 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have officially signed Anthony 'Cat' Barber.

Barber previously agreed upon a partially guaranteed deal with the 76ers.

Barber was a First-team All-ACC selection in 2016.

Barber played in the Summer League for the Pelicans, averaging 6.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 11.6 minutes over four games.

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76ers Waive Carl Landry, Tibor Pleiss

Aug 31, 2016 5:20 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Carl Landry and Tibor Pleiss.

Pleiss was acquired from the Utah Jazz in a trade involving Kendall Marshall.

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Jazz Trade Tibor Pleiss To 76ers For Kendall Marshall In Salary Dump

Aug 26, 2016 11:41 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz for Tibor Pleiss, two second round picks and cash.

The Jazz plan to waive Marshall before his $2 million contract becomes guaranteed.

The 76ers will absorb the $3 million guaranteed to Pleiss for 2016-17 and the $500,000 guaranteed on the $3.1 million in 2017-18. 

Marshall will find it difficult to find a guaranteed spot for training camp with another team due to being waived this late in the offseason.

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Joel Embiid 'Truly On Track' For Preseason

Aug 23, 2016 5:27 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers expect Joel Embiid to be ready for the start of training camp and the preseason.

Embiid hasn't played formal five-on-five since March of 2014 as he's since undergone multiple surgeries on his right foot. Embiid was the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Kansas.

“Embiid is well and truly on track, there are no red flags anywhere," said Brett Brown. "None of us should be afraid right now. We’re very proud of him.” 

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss
Host Danny Leroux, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog go in-depth on the Atlantic Division.

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76ers To Give Ben Simmons Minutes At Point Guard
Ben Simmons will always have the freedom to bring the ball up the court after defensive rebounds.

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Joel Embiid Honors Sam Hinkie With Instagram Post Calling Him 'The GOAT'
Joel Embiid created a post on Instagram honoring Sam Hinkie.

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Manu Ginobili Found 76ers' Pitch Appealing Due To Brett Brown, Size Of Offer
Philadelphia was offering a two-year contract offer that guaranteed in the first season five times more than the Spurs.

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Cavs Trade Sasha Kaun To 76ers To Clear Room For Chris Andersen
Cleveland also gets a $1.33 million traded-player exception in the Sasha Kaun deal.

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76ers Officially Sign Dario Saric
The Sixers acquired the rights to Dario Saric in a 2014 draft-night trade with Orlando after the Magic selected him with the 12th overall pick.

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Christian Wood, Hornets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Christian Wood played well for the 76ers in Summer League.

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76ers Signing Dario Saric Over Coming Days
Dario Saric's buyout is worth 1 million.

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Bryan Colangelo Admits 76ers Will Likely Trade Okafor, Noel Or Embiid
The 76ers have a logjam at the big positions in Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel.

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Jahlil Okafor Responds To Report 76ers 'Tried Like Hell' To Trade Him
According to the report, Jahlil Okafor is "upset and his people are upset."

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Dario Saric Confirms He'll Join 76ers For 16-17
Dario Saric helped lead Croatia to a place in the Olympics and was named MVP of the qualifying tournament.

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Dario Saric May Not Join 76ers For 16-17
If Dario Saric plays a third season in Turkey, he wouldn't be subject to the rookie scale and would probably make more than twice that amount.

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Celtics Continue To Have Interest In Jimmy Butler, Jahlil Okafor Trade
A path to a trade will be more difficult than it was on draft night as both the Bulls and 76ers wanted the No. 3 pick to select Kris Dunn.

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Report: 76ers Offer Rudy Fernandez Two-Year, $20M Deal
Rudy Fernandez reportedly has a buyout of approximately $4 million with Real Madrid.

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Gerald Henderson, 76ers Agree Upon Two-Year, $18M Deal
Gerald Henderson played last season for the Blazers following his trade from the Hornets.

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Sergio Rodriguez Agrees To One-Year, $8M Deal With 76ers
Sergio Rodriguez has played for Real Madrid since leaving the NBA.

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Tyler Johnson, Nets Agree Upon Four-Year, $50M Offer Sheet
Tyler Johnson made $507,000 in his second NBA season for the Heat in 2015-16.

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Jerryd Bayless, 76ers Agree Upon Three-Year, $27M Deal
The 76ers have agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with Jerryd Bayless.

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Ish Smith Agrees To Three-Year, $18M Deal With Pistons
Ish Smith wanted to re-sign with the 76ers but received no interest at the start of free agency.

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