July 7, 2020, 1:11 pmAmir JohnsonPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Marc Stein is reporting that the Nets have made Amir Johnson a prime target in their search for frontcourt depth.
The Nets are down DeAndre Jordan and Nicolas Claxton, so some help up front is much needed, even if the Nets have slim odds of doing any postseason damage. Johnson is a quality veteran who can bring some energy and set nasty screens, though we're not expecting him to play much if he ends up signing with Brooklyn. He's been out of the league all season.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 1:03 pmBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons (lower-back nerve impingement) is fully recovered and will not face playing time restrictions according to Sixers head coach Brett Brown.
Shake Milton played very well while Simmons missed time, but it will be interesting to see how he fares with Simmons back in the mix. Simmons was effectively ruled out for the regular season back in March, but now that things have been delayed he is poised to help fantasy owners once again.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
June 30, 2020, 7:09 pmZhaire SmithSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Zhaire Smith (left knee bone bruise) has been experiencing pain during workouts over the past week and will not travel with the team to Orlando.
Smith is expected to make a full recovery, but he won't play again this season. Smith is a former lottery pick with an intriguing upside to his game, but he has yet to show much at the NBA level and is currently buried on the depth chart. He's someone to keep an eye on in case he can work himself into a role next season, whether that is with the Sixers or elsewhere, but can be ignored in fantasy when the season resumes.
Source: Derek Bodner on Twitter
June 26, 2020, 1:02 pmRyan BroekhoffSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Ryan Broekhoff will be signing with the Sixers.
Broekhoff was cut loose by the Mavs in February so they could add Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to their roster. He's only made 59 appearances over his two seasons in the league and barely averaged more than 10 minutes per game, but he has shot .409 and .392 from deep, giving the Sixers a potential deep threat in case of emergency.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 25, 2020, 12:55 pmTrey BurkePG, Philadelphia Sixers
Tim MacMahon is reporting that the Mavs have some interest in Trey Burke.
Burke was waived by Philadelphia after the trade deadline after making 25 appearances with the Sixers prior to that point, though he had fallen behind Raul Neto and Shake Milton in the backcourt rotation. Burke finished the 2018-19 season with the Mavs after being traded from New York, so there is some familiarity here. Dallas will be without both Jalen Brunson and Courtney Lee when the season resumes so some guard depth is needed, but the Mavs would have to waive someone to open up a spot for Burke.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
May 31, 2020, 7:51 pmShake MiltonSG, Philadelphia Sixers
According to projections by Mike O'Connor and Derek Bodner of The Athletic, Shake Milton will be a starter for the Sixers whenever play relaunches.
Milton was thriving for the Sixers when the season was suspended due to COVID-19, and some risk remains that Ben Simmons will bump him from the rotation when the stoppage in play is lifted. In 16 starts with the Sixers, Milton averaged 14.1 points, 2.2 3-pointers, 3.6 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.1 steals. As a 3-pointer specialist along, Milton has earned a slot in 12-team formats, but things are going to be more difficult when he is forced to play off-ball in a fully healthy lineup in Philadelphia
Source: The Athletic
May 26, 2020, 8:34 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
The Sixers, who have their practice facility located in nearby Camden, NJ, will allow voluntary player workouts at the facility beginning on Wednesday, raising the number of NBA teams who have been able to do so to 22.
The Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Mavericks, Spurs and Warriors are the final teams remaining who are unable to return to their practice facilities. The NBA seems to be inching ever so close to, at the very least, announcing a plan for a continuation of the current season. This next week or two should be very eventful on that front.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
May 15, 2020, 4:03 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Head coach Brett Brown is aiming to give Joel Embiid 38 minutes a game during the NBA playoffs.
While it is normal for players to increase there minutes in playoff competition, Joel Embiid is not your typical NBA player. Injuries have been constant throughout his career, and it would be interesting to see how his body holds up with that sort of workload. He's averaged 30 minutes per game throughout this season while missing 21 games out of the first 65 on the schedule.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
May 5, 2020, 8:30 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Sixers GM Elton Brand made headlines Tuesday by indicating that the Sixers are preparing for a potential matchup with the Celtics, the team the Sixers are currently lined up to face if the league decides to jump straight into the playoffs when it resumes, if at all.
Brand added that head coach Brett Brown and the Sixers' coaching staff have done "a deep dive," which evidently includes some preparation for other potential playoff teams should the regular season continue and seeds are altered. As has been the case from the beginning, everything is essentially speculation as far as resuming sports are concerned, regardless of who's mouth it comes out of. For what it's worth, Warriors coach Steve Kerr flat-out stated last week that he doesn't believe the NBA will return to action at all this season. Brand, Brown and the Sixers are apparently operating with more optimism than the Warriors.
April 21, 2020, 4:55 pmBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
According to a report from Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, Ben Simmons (back) has been setback free and will be good to go when play resumes as his back pain has all but disappeared.
There was a lot more to unravel in this report and we would encourage you to give it read. In terms of the fantasy aspect and real life aspect, it seems that if there is a positive to the situation it's that Philly sports fans should have their star PG on the floor when/if the season gets back up. It will be interesting to watch and see if this team at full strength can reach it's potential as we appraoch the playoffs.
March 24, 2020, 4:12 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid pledged to donate $500K to COVID-19 medical relief.
Embiid will also donate additional funds to help Sixers employees who are out of work in light of the franchise's salary reductions. Embiid has designated that the amount going to 76ers employees "is to be determined based upon who is affected." This is a fantastic gesture by Embiid.
Source: Romona Shelbourne on Twitter
March 21, 2020, 5:55 pmGlenn Robinson IIISG, Philadelphia Sixers
In a chat with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Glenn Robinson III hinted that he'd be open to returning to the Warriors in free agency.
Robinson seemed to enjoy his time in Golden State, though that may also be because he was handed a career-high workload and subsequently posted career-best numbers. If he does return it will be as a bench player, and GR3 is likely to go hunting for the best contract and opportunity he can find on the market.
Source: The Athletic
March 19, 2020, 6:18 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
The Sixers announced on Thursday that three members within the organization have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The team didn't elaborate on who tested positive. With this news, the NBA now has 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus amongst players and those within the organization.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 10:31 pmTobias HarrisSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Tobias Harris scored 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes on Wednesday.
Harris also shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the line to round out his stat line. It was a solid night for Harris despite the low field goal percentage and he was able to stay assertive even with Joel Embiid (shoulder) and Josh Richardson (concussion) both returning on Wednesday.
March 11, 2020, 10:27 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) returned on Wednesday and scored 30 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 14 rebounds, two 3-pointers and one steal in 27 minutes.
Embiid was dominant in his return and had an exciting head-to-head matchup with Christian Wood. Embiid also shot 10-of-12 from the free throw line to cap off his great return to action.