Archive: June, 2013
The 76ers could be a possible landing spot for Houston Rockets center Omer Asik via a trade, CBSSports.com reported Sunday night.
The Rockets are making Jeremy Lin and Asik available in potential trades due to their pursuit of free agent center Dwight Howard. The Rockets are expected to sign Howard, meaning Asik would become expendable.
New Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie was an executive at Houston the past eight seasons. Last summer, the Rockets signed Asik to a three-year, $25.1 million deal when he was restricted free agent with the Chicago Bulls.
The 76ers have signed former Temple standout Micheal Eric to their Orlando Summer League roster.
The center/power forward averaged 8.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks this past season for the Canton Charge of the NBA Developmental League. The 6-foot-11, 240-pounder’s scoring average increased to 17 points in three playoff games with the Charge.
As a Temple senior in 2011-12, Eric’s season was cut to 19 games due to a knee injury. However, he averaged nine points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds. The 25-year-old averaged six points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while playing 101 games for the Owls.
The 76ers will participate in the Orlando Summer League from July 7-12 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
The Sixers have yet to release the roster. But here are 10 players who will be on their summer-league team:
Michael Carter-Williams PG 6-6 Syracuse
Admit it. You’re still in shock.
No one outside of the 76ers’ NBA draft war room, anticipated the moves new general manager Sam Hinkie and his staff made Thursday night during the draft.
Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Michael Carter-Williams has his way, learning from the bench won’t be an option. The 76ers’ first-round draft pick expects to begin the regular season as the starting point guard.
“I’m going to come in and work to be a Day 1 starter and establish myself from the beginning,” he said Friday at the Sixers’ post-draft news conference at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Carter-Williams, who left Syracuse after his sophomore season, went 11th overall in Thursday’s NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Sixers like the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder’s size, athleticism, and passing instincts.
Sam Hinkie, the 76ers general manager, denied a New York Daily News report that his team has decided to hire San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown.
"Nothing of that substance happened happened I could tell you," Hinkie said around 1:15 a.m. Friday following Thursday night's NBA draft. "We had a lot of things going on. That was not part of what happened in the last several hours."
Hinkie said he has not formally interviewed anyone for the job vacated by Doug Collins on April 18.
The 76ers traded Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for Pelicans first-round Nerlens Noel and the New Orleans’ 2014 first-round. The Sixers will also send this season’s 42d overall draft pick with Holiday.
Noel, a center out of Kentucky, was the sixth overall draft pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
“Jrue is shocked,” Holiday’s agent Tony Dutt told Yahoo! “He understands it as business as well. He’s OK. It is what it is. Something we didn’t expect.”
Join the Inquirer's Keith Pompey as he breaks down the latest rumors and predictions heading into the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday at noon.
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