Sixers Sign G League MVP Trevelin Queen to Non-Guaranteed, Two-Year Contract

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

While a lot of the attention in the Delaware Valley was paid to the Philadelphia 76ers' signings of P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr., the team was not done making moves on the opening night of free agency. The Sixers came to an agreement on a non-guaranteed, two-year contract with Trevelin Queen.

Derek Bodner of The Daily Six newsletter was first to report the partial guarantee of $300k for the 2022-23 season.

Queen spent the last two years playing in the G League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. After a quiet first season, he exploded to win the G League MVP this past season. In 19 games for the Vipers, he averaged 25.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.2 steals and 1 block per game. He has a quick trigger from beyond the arc, launching 9.9 attempts per game last season and hitting them at a 33.5% clip.

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Sixers Agree to Two-Year Contract With Danuel House Jr.

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with Danuel House Jr.

Similarly to the P.J. Tucker signing the team also made once free agency began Thursday night, House was a member of the Houston Rockets earlier in his career. Tucker, House, James Harden and president of basketball operations Daryl Morey were all a part of the Rockets organization in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Sixers Expected to Finalize Three-Year Contract With Veteran P.J. Tucker

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

President of basketball operations Daryl Morey's desire for a reunion with P.J. Tucker, which was much discussed in the weeks leading up to free agency, has reportedly come to fruition. The Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a three-year, $33.2 million contract with the veteran forward, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The Sixers will be using the full non-taxpayer's mid-level exception, afforded to them by James Harden electing to opt out of his $47.4 million player option to take less money on a potential contract extension. This will result in the tax apron threshold, estimated at roughly $157 million, acting as a hard cap for the Sixers moving forward for the 2022-23 season.

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Haymakers in Haddonfield?! WFAN Caller Claims He Nearly Fought Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Here’s one hell of a story for a Thursday morning.  A caller to SportsRadio 66 in New York City is claiming that he and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni nearly got into fracas on the tennis courts of Haddonfield, NJ.  

Yup, you read that right! 

“Peter from Maple Shade” called into Boomer and Gio, WFAN’s morning show, and laid it all out:

A WFAN caller alleged Thursday he almost threw down with the Eagles head coach while playing tennis at Centennial Park in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Peter from Maple Shade regaled morning show hosts Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti with the tale, saying Sirianni got upset because Peter — a Bronx native — was wearing a Giants cap.

Peter says he was playing on the court adjacent to Sirianni and his wife when the kerfuffle occurred.

“He goes, ‘Hey, I have a problem with what you are wearing,'” the caller said. “And I go, ‘Listen bro, if you have a problem you come over here and do something about it.'”

Via Elite Sports New York

According to the "Haddonfield United" facebook page, the alleged incident took place at the Centennial courts off of Lakeview Ave.  

A few thoughts on this as a resident of a town sandwiched inbetween the two. 

 

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Reports: James Harden Opting Out of 2022-23 Player Option, Freeing Up Sixers for Free Agency Moves

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly 76ers Editor

According to multiple reports, Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden has decided to opt out of his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season. The Athletic's Shams Charania was first to report the news.

Harden is eligible to receive up to $46.5 million next season on a new contract for either the Sixers or another team. He can sign up to a five-year, $269.9 million deal with the Sixers or a four-year, $200.1 million deal with another team. According to Charania, Harden "intends to return on a contract in free agency that gives the team financial flexibility to bolster the roster." Harden opting out and taking less money on a presumed contract extension vastly opens things up for the Sixers heading into free agency.

One important thing to note moving forward regarding the salary cap is the reports from earlier Wednesday afternoon of a projected raise in the NBA's salary cap for the 2022-23 season. Previous projections had the salary cap being at $122 million and, for the Sixers' purposes, the apron threshold at roughly $155 million. The reported salary cap raise will move those numbers to $123.655 million for the salary cap and $156.983 million for the tax apron threshold, according to Spotrac's Keith Smith. This will also raise the value of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception (NTMLE) to $10.49 million. All of those numbers are projections, the NBA will send out the official salary cap numbers for next season at some point before Thursday's 6 p.m. start of free agency.

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