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Tobias Harris Had 76ers On Free Agent List Before Trade

Mar 11, 2019 12:28 PM

Tobias Harris had identified the Philadelphia 76ers as a potential free agent destination this offseason even before he was traded there by the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I was excited," said Harris when he was asked how he reacted to his trade. "The talent level of this group and the opportunity … it didn’t catch me off-guard, but the talent was exciting. I saw the group they put together, with Joel (Embiid), Ben (Simmons) and Jimmy (Butler), and to be part of that was all I could ask for. It’s a lot of talent in one mix, so I knew we’d have stuff to figure out."

Harris has become the glue between the top four players of the 76ers, which is a role he has embraced.

“100 percent, I see myself as the connector here,” Harris told The Athletic. “Just having these games so far, and the way I’m playing, I think guys are realizing that I’m here for one reason. It’s to help this team get to the championship, and be a force around the league. I think guys are respecting and noticing that.

“That’s a good way of putting it: Being the connector.

“Help bring guys together. I’ve been around the game a minute now. It’s my eighth year now, and I’ve seen different personalities and different teammates. I know how to communicate with every type of guy.”

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Joel Embiid To Return Sunday After Missing Eight Games

Mar 10, 2019 8:21 AM

Joel Embiid will return to the Philadelphia 76ers' lineup when they play the Indiana Pacers on Sunday after missing eight games.

Embiid was out due to knee soreness and hasn't played since the All-Star Game.

The 76ers are 4-4 in Embiid's absence.

"The bottom line is we have come this far in relation to rest after the All-Star break -- personally, I am at a stage where if it requires more time, so be it," Brett Brown said on Wednesday. "The endgame is obvious: It is trying to deliver him to the playoffs healthy. I do look up from time to time and pay attention to the calendar. It's not like you have an abundance of time."

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

Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Named NBA Players Of The Week

Mar 4, 2019 3:14 PM

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Simmons averaged 16.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game as the Philadelphia 76ers went 2-1.

Mitchell averaged 34.0 points and 5.0 assists last week as the Utah Jazz went 3-0.

Simmons and Mitchell finished first and second in Rookie of the Year voting last season.

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Warriors To Sign Andrew Bogut

Mar 4, 2019 11:39 AM

The Golden State Warriors intend to sign Andrew Bogut for the remainder of the season.

Bogut was the league MVP in Australia this past season with the Sydney Kings.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics also showed interest in Bogut.

Bogut averaged 11.6 points for the Sydney Kings this past season, earned the NBL Best Defensive Player Award and was voted to the All-NBL First Team.

Bogut was with the Warriors until he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2016 to create cap space for Kevin Durant.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors, 76ers To Pursue Andrew Bogut

Mar 3, 2019 11:17 AM

Andrew Bogut is expected to receive interest from the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers.

Bogut could receive interest from other contenders.

Bogut's season in Australia just concluded as league MVP.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Joel Embiid On Sitting Out Games: 'It's All About Long-Term Preservation'

Mar 3, 2019 12:20 AM

Joel Embiid said he took a long-term perspective in his decision to sit out recent Philadelphia 76ers games. 

"It's all about long-term preservation and making sure I'm ready not just for the playoffs, but also for the next 15 years. Knowing the team, what we've been through, and knowing me and I like to push everything, I like to play through anything. We just felt like it was better to preserve," said Embiid.

Embiid added that he could play now if he had to despite feeling discomfort in his knee.

"Game by game, I felt like it was getting worse...I didn't feel comfortable. Coming from me you know that if I don't want to push through anything, I really need [the rest]."

Embiid added that he plans on coming back next week.

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

Sixers Owner: Success Is About Winning In The Playoffs

Mar 2, 2019 1:25 PM

Speaking on a panel at the MIT/Sloan Analytics Conference, Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris discussed the rising expectations for his team in the playoffs following trades for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.

"It would be problematic. Very problematic. It would not be what we're playing for. We'd be unhappy. I'd be unhappy. The city would be unhappy. We're going to work hard to make sure that doesn't happen. We have enough talent on our roster that if we play the way we're capable of playing, we can beat any team in the East," said Harris when asked about the prospects of an early playoff exit.

Harris added that he wants to keep both Butler and Harris on the team for the long-term.

"We gave up a lot to get Tobias and Jimmy on our team. We think they're exceptional talents. We're going to try to keep them. We know we are going to have to pay these guys in an appropriate way. We get it. It's expensive."

Harris then stated that the Sixers will be judged by how far they go in the playoffs. 

"Success for us is going to be about winning playoff series. Obviously, we'd like to have a good regular season, too, but we've added and subtracted to win in the playoffs. We won one playoff series last season. We've created more talent on the roster. We're holding ourselves accountable," added Harris.

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Joel Embiid Out At Least One Week With Left Knee Soreness

Feb 20, 2019 1:57 PM

Joel Embiid will be out at least one week with left knee soreness.

Embiid underwent an MRI after the All-Star break and it revealed no structural damage.

Embiid will undergo treatment involving physical therapy and load management. 

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Joel Embiid Has Sharp Words For Referees After Loss To Boston

Feb 13, 2019 1:12 PM

Joel Embiid voiced his frustration with the referees at the end of his postgame press conference following the Philadelphia 76ers' 112-109 loss to the Boston Celtics.

"The referees f---ing suck," said Embiid.

Embiid's comment was unprompted but likely referring to a play in which he was hit across the arms by Al Horford and lost the ball but no foul was called.

Boston is now 10-2 against Philadelphia since the beginning of last season.

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NBA Rules Magic Johnson Didn't Commit Tampering On Ben Simmons

Feb 12, 2019 6:53 PM

The NBA has ruled that Magic Johnson did not break any tampering rules when he spoke about meeting with Ben Simmons.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the NBA said: "We have concluded that Magic Johnson’s statements regarding Ben Simmons do not constitute a tampering violation. The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a meeting between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations ultimately concluded that such a meeting did not make sense at this time but in that context, Johnson’s response to a media inquiry regarding Simmons does not run afoul of league rules."

Johnson revealed over the weekend that Simmons expressed a desire to meet, through an intermediary.

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RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton on the Revamped Eastern Conference
Host Danny Leroux and Kevin Pelton of ESPN talk about the state of the NBA after the trade deadline.

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Elton Brand Apologizes To Magic Johnson For Ben Simmons Story
Elton Brand didn't mention that someone from the 76ers contacted Rob Pelinka first at the urging of one of Ben Simmons' brothers.

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Ben Simmons Would Like To Receive Mentorship From Magic Johnson
Ben Simmons has often been compared to Magic Johnson due to his size and passing ability.

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Tobias Harris On Sixers Debut: 'Couldn't Ask For Anything More'
The Sixers starting lineup of Harris, Simmons, Redick, Embiid, and Butler outscored the Nuggets by 14 points in 17 minutes.

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Elton Brand: Sixers 'Are In A Position To Contend Now'
Brand said Sixers ownership are willing to spend to re-sign Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.

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76ers, Pelicans Reportedly Had Conversation On Ben Simmons For Anthony Davis
Both Anthony Davis and Ben Simmons are represented by Rich Paul.

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Clippers Don't Consider Jimmy Butler One Of Their Top Free Agent Targets
The Clippers are known to prefer Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant for their 2019 free agency.

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76ers, Pelicans Discussed Markelle Fultz For Nikola Mirotic Trade
The 76ers discussed a Nikola Mirotic trade before executing the Tobias Harris deal.

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RealGM Radio: Trade Deadline Special
Host Danny Leroux breaks down a wild trade deadline with Derek Bodner, Tim Cato and Fred Katz of The Athletic.

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Magic Acquire Markelle Fultz From 76ers For Jonathon Simmons, OKC's 2020 FRP

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Rockets Trade James Ennis To 76ers For 2021 2nd Round Swap
The Rockets have agreed to trade James Ennis to the 76ers.

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Hawks, Magic Have Expressed Interest In Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz is owed $9.75 million for the 19-20 season.

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76ers Acquire Malachi Richardson, 2022 2nd Round Pick From Raptors
Malachi Richardson has appeared in 22 NBA games for Toronto this season.

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Sixers Trade For Tobias Harris, Plan To Re-Sign Harris And Jimmy Butler To Create Big 4
The Sixers plan on re-signing Harris and Jimmy Butler to pair with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid for the long-term.

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Knicks Receiving Interest In Wesley Matthews
The 76ers are a team believed to be interested in Wesley Matthews.

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Wilson Chandler To Miss 2-3 Weeks With Quad Strain
Chandler will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

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Brett Brown On Sixers' Needs Before Trade Deadline: 'Depth Is The Holy Grail'
Brown said Elton Brand will be "aggressive" before the February 7th trade deadline.

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Sixers, Jazz Express Interest In Nikola Mirotic
The Pelicans are looking for a first-round pick in exchange for Mirotic.

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Joel Embiid On Shooting 3's: 'I Don't Get Disrespected, I Do The Disrespecting"
Embiid is currently shooting 31% on 3's this season on 3.9 attempts per game.

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Jimmy Butler On His Personality: 'Damn Right I'm Confrontational'
Butler said he modeled his work ethic after Luol Deng.

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