Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

The 76ers have hired Elton Brand to be their new GM, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Brand impressed ownership and Brett Brown during the interview process, beating out several other candidates, and he will now be elevated from VP of Basketball Operations. He rose through the ranks in Philly, from the GM of the G-League team to now overseeing the 76ers franchise, and he did all that in just a years time.
Sep 18 - 6:49 PM

Brett Brown said he's expecting Joel Embiid to be "dominant" this season.

Brown has been thoroughly impressed with Embiid's workouts this summer, and we'd anticipate the 24-year-old center taking another big leap forward in his third NBA season. While he remains a bit of an injury-risk after only making it through 63 games last season, it's worth noting that none of those missed games last season were due to knee or foot issues. If you want him, you'll need to invest at the top of Round 2.
Sep 18 - 2:34 PM

Zhaire Smith (Jones fracture) is expected to make it back to the court sometime around Christmas.

This timetable would assume zero setbacks for Smith, so it's subject to change should any unfortunate incidents occur. The 76ers have absolutely no incentive to rush Smith's recovery, and he's expected to spend a lot of his rookie season in the G-League anyway, so he's not someone that should be targeted in most leagues.
Sep 18 - 2:24 PM

Sixers coach Brett Brown said Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons will occasionally play together next season.

Both players are capable of playing off the ball, so this certainly makes sense. It will be very interesting to see how Fultz looks in training camp and the preseason, which will provide our first look at his re-worked jumper. Brown said that Fultz has been very diligent in his offseason work and took a whopping 150,000 shots this summer.
Sep 18 - 1:58 PM

Dario Saric made 7-of-15 from the field for 19 points with six rebounds, five assists, and two 3-pointers in a loss to Lithuania on Friday.

The Homie wasn't particularly efficient in this one, but made an impact across the board. The 76ers let Ersan Ilyasova walk this summer and replaced him with Mike Muscala as a combo big while adding Wilson Chandler in a trade, but neither are expected to threaten Dario's minutes. Saric makes for a steady mid-round pick after taking a nice leap last season.
Sep 14 - 4:41 PM

Furkan Korkmaz scored 13 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against Montenegro on Friday.

The sharpshooting Turkish forward did his work inside the arc, which is the opposite from when he went off for 40 with eight 3-pointers in his 2018 Vegas debut back in July. It's going to be a bit of a logjam at forward for the 76ers, but there's some hope around the beat writers that Korkmaz can be one of the more improved players on the squad. If one of the rotation forwards miss time, Furkan could become a pickup in fantasy leagues.
Sep 14 - 3:54 PM

Darius Johnson-Odom worked out for the Wolves on Monday.

Johnson-Odom was part of a group of players that included Monta Ellis, Brandon Rush and Brandon Paul that worked out for Minnesota. Johnson-Odom, who played in Italy last season, hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2014.
Sep 11 - 11:44 AM

The 76ers have been granted permission to interview Golden State’s Larry Harris, Houston’s Gersson Rosas and Utah’s Justin Zanik for their general manager position, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Philly has been operating without a GM in place this offseason, and you could say someone like Drew Hanlen has made a bigger impact on the 76ers than any of the front-office members. Coach Brett Brown has helped on roster decisions, but obviously hiring a GM remains a high priority for this up-and-coming squad.
Aug 31 - 2:58 PM

Ben Simmons is trying to become more of a threat from the perimeter.

"If you take [jump shots], [teams] give you a little bit more respect, and you’re able to make more moves and dissect the defense," Simmons said. "This summer, I’ve been working a lot on certain things that I’ll definitely use." Simmons, who connected on just 56.0% of his free throw attempts, said he's also working to improve from the line. If he could add a 3-point shot to his game and improve his free throw percentage, he could easily work his way into the top-20 conversation.
Source: NBA
Aug 29 - 11:43 AM

Sixers managing partner Josh Harris said that the franchise is still searching for a new general manager, but didn't rule out leaving the interim structure in place for the 2018-19 season.

Brett Brown has served as the franchise's interim GM since they fired Bryan Colangelo back in June. Ned Cohen, Marc Eversley and Elton Brand are the other front-office executives that have assisted Brown.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 1:37 PM

Sixers PG Landry Shamet (sprained right ankle) said he feels "good" and is continually "progressing and working out."

The second-round pick was cleared for light activity in mid-August and he should be ready for training camp. He's buried on the depth chart and will likely spend the bulk of the season in the G League, so fantasy owners can safely ignore him.
Source: Philly.com
Aug 26 - 9:52 PM

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that "some expect" Ben Simmons to go "all righty" next season.

Simmons shoots predominately with his right hand when he gets close to the basket, and is efficient around the rim. However, he shoots his jumpers and free throws lefty. Last season, he didn't make a single 3-pointer (0-for-11) and hit just 56.0 percent of his free-throws. There has been speculation that he would benefit by switching hands. It is something to keep an eye on during training camp and the preseason.
Aug 17 - 12:30 PM

Landry Shamet (ankle) has been cleared for light basketball activities.

Shamet sprained his ankle at Summer League, but he's pain-free at this point and should be cleared for full-contact work for training camp. He won't be an impact player in fantasy hoops, though.
Aug 13 - 2:09 PM

Shake Milton (back) has been cleared for light basketball activities.

Milton sat out Summer League due to a stress fracture in his back, but he's been asymptomatic for several weeks, so he should be good to go by the time training camp rolls along. We'll get another official update in roughly four weeks time.
Aug 13 - 2:08 PM

Zhaire Smith underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

Smith suffered the injury training in Las Vegas on Monday, August 6th. Per the Sixers official press release: "Additional information regarding Smith’s recovery and return-to-play timetable will be provided as available and when appropriate." We won't see Smith on the floor anytime soon, and he should be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 10 - 9:14 AM


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