Player News - 76ers

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Nemanja Bjelica, who had agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the 76ers, informed the team on Tuesday morning that he will stay in Europe this season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Bjelica had never actually signed the contract with Philly, giving him the opportunity to reverse course. It's a tough blow for the Sixers, as they were counting on Bjelica to provide depth at forward. This will open up some minutes for the newly acquired Wilson Chandler. In addition, Furkan Korkmaz may see an uptick in playing time as well. The Sixers also now have their mid-level exception back, and can add another player to the roster.

Jonah Bolden acknowledged that he didn't have a strong Summer League this year after dominating in Vegas in 2017.

"To be completely honest with you, up until this point, I think I might have played better last summer," Bolden said. "Not to say that I have done terribly. It’s just not up to my personal standards." In five games, Bolden hit just 8-of-27 shots and 2-of-13 triples. Bolden said his plan to join the 76ers for the 2018-19 season is still in place, but he'll need to improve significantly to carve out a rotation spot.
Jul 16 - 10:31 AM

James Michael McAdoo is reportedly close to signing a contract with Fiat Torino of the Italian Serie A.

McAdoo, who won two titles with the Warriors, was on a two-way contract with the Sixers last season before being waived in January.
Jul 13 - 10:20 AM

Furkan Korkmaz scored 18 points, hitting three 3-pointers with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a win against the Suns on Thursday.

He struggled heavily after his 40-point performance to open up Vegas, but got back on track tonight. Korkmaz played mostly garbage time minutes last year when he did play and had a peaks and valleys summer league. It's unclear if this game and his 40-point night can secure a rotation spot for him.
Jul 12 - 8:49 PM

Wilson Chandler said he's fine with coming off the bench in Philadelphia.

"[Brett Brown] just told me don’t worry about playing time, and that I’ll play," Chandler said. "Me personally, I’m not worried about coming off the bench or starting." Chandler was a starter in Denver this past season, chipping in averages of 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 triples per game in 31.7 minutes a night, but it'll be tough for him to replicate those numbers as a reserve in Philly. He'll be a key cog in the rotation, but he's off the radar in fantasy hoops.
Jul 11 - 11:41 AM

Sixers coach Brett Brown said that he has "tremendous optimism and confidence" that Markelle Fultz is "going to have a hell of a year next year."

Fultz has spent much of this offseason working with renowned NBA trainer Drew Hanlen. Fultz and Hanlen are rebuilding the former top overall pick's jump shot. Brown said that Fultz himself is far more confident, which has the Sixers coaching staff pumped up for the future. "I believe that completely, and I’m just really excited to see him with us and to bring him back into our program on a full-time basis," said Brown.
Jul 10 - 10:26 AM

Furkan Korkmaz missed all nine of his shots from the field in Monday's Summer League loss, finishing with one point, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Since his 40-point outburst in his Vegas debut, Korkmaz now has a combined five points on 1-of-18 shooting over his last two. He's missed all 12 of his 3-pointers in that span and all of his momentum appears to be gone. He'll need a strong finish in Summer League if he wants a shot at minutes this season.
Jul 9 - 8:24 PM

Jonah Bolden scored five points and had four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in the Sixers summer league loss to the Lakers on Saturday.

After playing great last summer, he’s had two average nights to start off this go-round, despite playing over twenty minutes in each outing. Bolden has said that he’ll play for the Sixers in the 2018-19 season, but with Amir Johnson and Richaun Holmes still in front of him to back up Embiid, this unimpressive play could mean some time with the Blue Coats in the G-League if he does come over.
Jul 8 - 1:40 AM

Landry Shamet (right ankle sprain) is out for summer league.

He suffered the injury on Friday and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. The team gave him an X-ray, but there's no word of an MRI. Hopefully, he can pick it up in about a month to get him ready for camp.
Jul 7 - 6:18 PM

Landry Shamet (right ankle) will not play Saturday vs. the Lakers.

Shamet sprained his right ankle in his summer league debut on Friday. He will undergo more testing on Saturday and his status for the remainder of the Vegas Summer League will be determined at a later date.
Jul 7 - 1:33 PM

Furkan Korkmaz scored 40 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and eight 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Celtics.

That's just the fifth 40-point game in summer league history with Korkmaz doing it in efficient fashion, making 10-of-18 from the field and 12-of-15 from the line for an 81.3 TS%. The 76ers are still going to need one more body to help replace the loss of Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova -- Nemanja Bjelica will help -- and maybe Korkmaz could be an option off the bench. He's going to be launching treys in Vegas for the next week.
Jul 6 - 9:40 PM

Zhaire Smith scored seven points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He struggled at the line and from the field, making 2-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-6 from the line. The 76ers love Smith and re-engaged the Suns when the 16th pick came around and he was still on the board. It could take him some time to get going on offense, but his length on defense should translate.
Jul 6 - 9:37 PM

Landry Shamet (right ankle) will not return on Friday.

He rolled his right foot in the first half and he was able to limp to the locker room. Shamet gets ruled out at halftime, and hopefully he won't miss much time.
Jul 6 - 8:45 PM

Jonah Bolden was added to the Las Vegas Summer League roster.

It sounds like he's going to be out there. Bolden lit it up last summer with explosive plays, so he should get playing time at center. With Amir Johnson returning to the 76ers, it may be tough for Bolden to get minutes next year, assuming he comes over.
Jul 5 - 5:59 PM

Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a one-year deal with the 76ers.

Philly will use their mid-level exception to complete the deal. It's not an ideal landing spot for Bjelica by any means, as he'll likely fill the Ersan Ilyasova role from last season and back up Dario Saric. The 30-year-old stretch four averaged 6.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 assists in 20.5 minutes last season, shooting 46.1% from the field and 41.5% from beyond the arc.
Jul 5 - 9:39 AM


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