Monday, December 22, 2014

Sixers to sign Khalif Wyatt

Khalif Wyatt will become a 76er.

Sixers to sign Khalif Wyatt

Khalif Wyatt. (John Raoux/AP file)
Khalif Wyatt. (John Raoux/AP file)

Khalif Wyatt will become a 76er.

The undrafted rookie free agent out of Temple agreed to terms Thursday night to play for his hometown team. He will sign a partially guaranteed, mutli-year contract on Friday. The guard will be on the team’s roster when it opens the season against the Miami Heat on Oct. 30.  But there's a chance Wyatt could spend a portion of this season with the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers NBA Development League affiliate.

The Norristown native could fill a void on a Sixers squad in desperate need of a long-range shooter.

The 6-foot-4, slimmed-down 205-pounder was a standout one the Sixers’ Orlando Pro Summer League team.

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He averaged a team-best 13.8 points per game, or an analytic-friendly one point per 1.4 minutes in the summer league. Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the second overall pick, averaged one point per 1.7 minutes.

But the Sixers were more impressed with Wyatt's ballhandling, passing, and leadership. After initially looking out of place, Wyatt was effective running the offense.

He is both the reigning Big Five and Atlantic Ten Conference player of the year. Wyatt was also named honorable-mention all-American and an all-district selection by both the USBWA and NABC.

The 22-year-old averaged a Big Five -leading 20.5 points and scored 30 or more points on seven occasions this season. He concluded his Temple career with back-to-back 31-point performances in the second and third round of the NCAA tournament.

As a Sixer, Wyatt reunites with former Temple teammate Lavoy Allen, a reserve post player.

The Sixers will also sign former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Darius Morris to partially-guaranteed deal on Friday.

He's expected to play significant minutes. Morris averaged 4.0 points, 1.6 assists and 14.2 minutes this past season. He averaged 3.6 points while making 67 appearances during his two seasons in Los Angeles.

The 22-year-old out of Michigan was the Lakers' second-round pick (41st overall) in 2011.

 

He's expected to play significant minutes. Morris averaged 4.0 points, 1.6 assists and 14.2 minutes this past season. He averaged 3.6 points while making 67 appearances during his two seasons in Los Angeles.

The 22-year-old out of Michigan was the Lakers second-round pick (41st overall) in 2011


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He's expected to play significant minutes. Morris averaged 4.0 points, 1.6 assists and 14.2 minutes this past season. He averaged 3.6 points while making 67 appearances during his two seasons in Los Angeles.

The 22-year-old out of Michigan was the Lakers second-round pick (41st overall) in 2011


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/deep-sixer/#Vjx0yprXqHq4WFFW.99

He's expected to play significant minutes. Morris averaged 4.0 points, 1.6 assists and 14.2 minutes this past season. He averaged 3.6 points while making 67 appearances during his two seasons in Los Angeles.

The 22-year-old out of Michigan was the Lakers second-round pick (41st overall) in 2011


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/deep-sixer/#Vjx0yprXqHq4WFFW.99

Follow Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.



About this blog

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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