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  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Brett Brown has stepped down as head coach of the Australian national team.

    Brown was hired to coach the team for the Tokyo Olympics this past summer, but the Olympics were postponed until next summer because of COVID-19 and the Sixers fired him at the end of August. The next NBA season won’t start until January at the earliest and as a result, the season and next summer’s Olympics could overlap which could create a scheduling conflict for Brown. The veteran coach is looking to return to the NBA either as an assistant or as a head coach so this decision makes sense for both parties.

    Source: Phily Inquirer

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Doc Rivers said that load management is "individual-based" when asked about how he'll handle things with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

    Simmons hasn't really been a load management guy but his recent bout of knee issues might encourage the Sixers to play it a little safer next season. Embiid, on the other hand, is always a risk of sitting out random games, and Rivers' comments didn't reveal anything specific about his plans. That said, it does sound like the Sixers plan to keep Embiid's minutes in check to some extent. "Every individual has a limit, right? We’ll figure that out. Ben [Simmons], when healthy, seems to play more games right now. Joel seems like he’s gradually upticking, which is a good thing. It’s not just that. It’s minutes. It’s practice time. It encompasses a lot of stuff. Every team has to deal with it, and we’ll have to deal with it here, and we’ll probably figure it out." Embiid is a first-round fantasy player whenever he's on the court, but the lack of volume makes him a risky proposition. Embiid's fantasy GMs should be used to constant news-checking, and that shouldn't be expected to change with Rivers in charge.

    Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that former Clippers coach Doc Rivers is expected to meet with the Sixers in the Philadelphia area.

    The Sixers are taking their time to execute a thorough coaching search, with an emphasis on a coach that will be able to connect with both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Ty Lue and Mike D’Antoni have already interviewed with Philadelphia and Rivers is another name who has shown the ability to coach big NBA names.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Sixers ownership has their eye on Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, reports Keith Pompey.

    D'Antoni walked away from the Rockets earlier this month and is currently the biggest name on the head coach market. Pompey reports, "the job is D'Antoni's to turn down" as he is ownership's top choice. D'Antoni would mark a radical change in Philadelphia and significant roster moves would be sure to follow as his small ball lineups do not correlate with Philly's current roster makeup. It has also been reported Ty Lue will interview for the position.

    Source: Keith Pompey for the Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert, Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook have all received the honor of being elected to the 2019-20 All-NBA Third Team.

    Tatum and Butler squared off last night in what should be a fantastic Eastern Conference Finals between two of the best teams in today's NBA. Tatum edged out Butler by only six third team votes while both players received exactly 32 second team votes. Gobert was the only player in the group who received a first team vote (1). Simmons and Westbrook rounded out the group and while this is Westbrook's ninth All-NBA award, it is the first time Simmons receives such praise in his third season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike D'Antoni and Billy Donovan are expected to interview for the Sixers vacancy this week, according to Jason Dumas of KRON 4 News.

    D'Antoni stepped down as the Rockets coach on Sunday and he has already been generating a lot of interest around the league. Donovan and the Thunder meanwhile parted ways even though the former University of Florida coach was voted co-Coach of the Year by his peers after leading Oklahoma City to perhaps the most surprising run in the NBA this season. D'Antoni and Donovan are expected to join a number of candidates, including Clippers assistant and former Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue, Lakers assistant Jason Kidd and Rockets development coach John Lucas.

    Source: Jason Dumas on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid announced his first signature shoe, the Embiid One, will be released in partnership with Under Armour on September 18.

    Embiid will join Steph Curry as the highest-profile player on the Under Armour books, launching his first signature shoe, the Embiid One. It comes as good news for Embiid who will head into what is arguably the most important season of his career in 2020-21. The Sixers fell short of the mark once again this season and were quick to part ways with long time head coach Brett Brown. Both Embiid and Ben Simmons are viewed as the central pieces for the Sixers and their future with the team seems somewhat assured at this point. However, it will be interesting to see which personnel changes are made as they look to get over the playoff hump.

    Source: Joel Embiid on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis was named to the NBA All-Defensive First team on Tuesday, joining Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart and Ben Simmons.

    It is hard to argue with the decisions made here with all five players putting together First-team worthy production on a consistent basis. It is the third First-team selection for Davis who missed out completely last season. Gobert gets his fourth straight nod, while Giannis is making his second straight appearance. Smart also makes it back-to-back appearances on the First-team, with Simmons being selected for the very first time.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Former Cavs coach Mike Brown may be among the candidates for the Sixers vacancy, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Brown currently serves as associate head coach with Steve Kerr and the Warriors, a position he has held since 2016. Interestingly, Brown could also be in the mix for the Nets vacancy, as him and Kevin Durant have a solid relationship from their time together with the Warriors. Brown has compiled a 347-216 record over eight seasons with the Cavs and the Lakers.

    Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Adrian Wojnarwoski reports that Brett Brown is "without internal momentum" to return as Sixers coach next season.

    A final decision may come down shortly but it's widely expected that today was Brown's final game with Philly. He steered the franchise through its ugliest depths at the height of The Process, but was ultimately unable to get the most out of the talent that all that losing yielded. Of course, plenty of blame lies at the feet of the front office and their decisions over the last few seasons, but Brown's going to be the fall guy. It's not his fault that the current group of players just doesn't fit together, but it is on him that they looked completely disinterested in putting up a fight against the Celtics. While the injury to Ben Simmons gives the Sixers a built-in excuse, there's no reason they should've been swept. Philadelphia can finally close the books on an ugly, joyless campaign. It was a true "1, 2, 3, Cancun" season — just without the ability to travel internationally at the end of the year.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid poured in 30 points in Game 3 vs. the Celtics on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, one block and one steal in the 102-94 defeat.

    The Celtics now lead the first round series three games to none, despite the valiant effort by Embiid and the Sixers in Game 3. They simply have not looked the same without Ben Simmons (nerve impingement) and are now in grave danger of being swept out of the playoffs. Embiid carried the load offensively (7-of-20 FG, 2-of-5 3PT) but it was not enough. Game 4 is on Sunday.

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris ended Monday's Game 1 loss to the Celtics with 15 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

    Harris also came away with a steal but shot just 6-for-15 from the floor and missed three attempts from long range. Harris is taking on more of a facilitator role in the absence of Ben Simmons, but expect better 3-point shooting from him in Game 2.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left ankle) will be available for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

    Embiid got injured on Sunday and was held out of Tuesday's contest. With Ben Simmons ruled out for the season, the Sixers will rely on their big man even more than usual going forward.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cavs would "have interest" in Ben Simmons should the Sixers actually make him available.

    The Cavs believe they have enough to assemble an enticing package, especially with recent first-rounders littering the roster, a top-six pick coming in October and a future first from the Bucks. It’s unclear though what direction the Sixers will take next season and whether they are willing to give the Simmons-Embiid duo another opportunity. Simmons’ injury should also be taken under consideration since the duration of his absence is still to be determined. Expect more rumors once we officially hit the offseason.

    Source: Cleveland.com

  • Josh Richardson
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Josh Richardson (rest) will not suit up for the Sixers on Tuesday after being given the night off for rest purposes.

    Hot off a 34-point explosion, Richardson will join Joel Embiid (ankle) and Ben Simmons (knee) on the sidelines. This is a drag for those rostering Richardson given his most recent outing. The Sixers could also be without Al Horford (knee) and Tobis Harris (ankle) and so their rotation is going to be a bit of a lucky dip.