Sixers sign free agent Francisco Elson

With Spencer Hawes and Nikola Vucevic still nursing injuries, the Sixers signed eight-year veteran and 7-foot center Francisco Elson .

Elson was with the Sixers two years ago when he came over from a trade with Milwaukee that also brought the team Jodie Meeks. Elson has appeared in 467 games with 149 starts. He averages 3.7 points and 3.5 reboounds in just over 15 minutes a game throughout his career. In 2006-07 he played 70 games, including 41 starts for the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

"We are happy to pick up Francisco Elson, a veteran big man who can help bolster our lineup," said Sixers president of basketball operations Rod Thorn.

We are about to be updated on the health of Hawes and Vucevic when the Sixers finish shootaround in about a half hour.

More to come