Archive: July, 2012
Many may have questioned the decision of Maalik Wayns when he decided to forgo his senior season as the Villanova point guard and enter the NBA draft.
Wayns, however, never had any doubts his choice was the right one. Not immediately after he made it, not after he went undrafted in June’s draft and not after a strong performance in the Orlando Summer League failed to immediately secure him an invite to anyone’s training camp.
Turns out, worrying for Wayns would have been a waste of time. Tuesday the 76ers announced that they had signed the 6-2 Philadelphia native. The deal is for one-year.
The NBA released its schedule for the upcoming season and the Sixers will open on October 31 at home against the Denver Nuggets. In fact, 10 of the teams first 15 games will be at the Wells Fargo Center.
After the opener the Sixers will have a home-and-home series with the New York Knicks on November 4 and 5. They'll face the first overall pick Anthony Davis and the Hornets on November 7 in New Orleans before going to Boston for a game with the Celtics on November 9. The Celtics ended the Sixers season with a Game 7 win in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.
Beginning November 12 the Sixers will play 8 of 9 games at home, highlighted by the visit of Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, November 24.
According to a source the 76ers are close to inking former Portland Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn as their new general manager. Penn would replace president Rod Thorn, who is set to move to an advisory role with the team.
Thorn is in the last of his three-year contract that was agreed to with then-owner Ed Snider. The contract also was for Thorn to serve another five years as a team advisor. It is believed that Thorn will move immediately to his new role when Penn becomes the general manager.
Guard Royal Ivey has returned to the Sixers, coach Doug Collins told reporters today.
The 6-4 Ivey played in 71 games with the Sixers in 2008-09, averaging 3 points per game in 12.1 minutes as a reserve. Ivey appeared in 26 games the following season before he was traded to Milwaukee in the deal that brought Jodie Meeks.
He spent the last two seasons with Oklahoma City, playing in 25 games two years ago and 34 games last season. He also appeared in five playoff games as the Thunder reached the NBA Finals this past season.
The Sixers waived center Darryl Watkins, who was acquired in a three-team trade last Wednesday.
The Sixers obtained Watkins from New Orleans and forward Dorell Wright from Golden State while sending the rights to Edin Bavcic to the Hornets, who also traded Jarrett Jack to the Warriors.
In 14 career games across two seasons with Sacramento and New Orleans, Watkins has averaged 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game.
The Sixers’ Xavier Silas had successful facial surgery Saturday to fuse several sinus fractures after he was injured in Friday’s summer league finale in Orlando.
Silas took an elbow to the head from teammate Solo Jones and also suffered a concussion. He went up to block a shot and was hit. He fell into a row of chairs courtside.
A spokesman said he had no further information on Silas’ status.
Kwame Brown's agent said Friday that the center has agreed to sign with the Sixers. Brown, who played for Sixers coach Doug Collins in Washington, would fill the Sixers' big-man void.
The agent, Mark Bartelstein, also told Yahoo Sports that the deal was for two years and $6 million.
Brown, 30, averaged 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes last season for Golden State. He has averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in his 11-year NBA career.