Joe Johnson Headlines Players Participating in 76ers' Free-Agent Minicamp

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers will be conducting a free-agent minicamp on Thursday afternoon, according to multiple sources. 

The 76ers are holding this minicamp with the goal of finding players who can fill out the bottom of the roster. Joe Johnson and former Iona standout A.J. English are headlining the reported group of players participating in the minicamp.

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76ers' Lack of Representation in 2019 FIBA World Cup Could Prove to be a Negative

Furkan Korkmaz, the Philadelphia 76ers' lone representative in the FIBA World Cup, seen here standing to the right of Turkish Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu.

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The 2019 FIBA World Cup will begin on August 31, and as I am sure you’ve heard, a ton of NBA players will be missing from the proceedings. In fact, the entire Philadelphia 76ers roster with the exception of the recently re-signed Furkan Korkmaz (likely to start for the Turkish National Team at shooting guard) will be staying away from China in September.

Let’s dip into the reasons why the 76ers will not be better represented in this year's World Cup, the first qualifying tournament for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. We will start with the American players.

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76ers Roundtable: Most Intriguing Games in 76ers' 2019-20 Schedule

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We asked three of our writers, including Sixerdelphia managing editor Matt Gregan, to name the three most intriguing or interesting games on the Philadelphia 76ers schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

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76ers' Defense Should Improve to Become Top Defense in NBA

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Writer

“Defense wins championships.”

From the time I was six years old watching football with my father, this mantra was drilled into my head. Well, that and “Ron Jaworski will be the best quarterback you’ll ever see,” so not everything he said was perfect.

The Philadelphia 76ers’ defense was not bad in 2018-19. The problem was it was not as good as it was in 2017-18, and that led to some late-game meltdowns in losses to teams like the Atlanta Hawks (three times) and the Chicago Bulls that may well have cost the team a chance to be the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Which means that Kawhi Leonard’s shot would have had to go down in front of a Philadelphia crowd that stepped up big in Games 3 and 6 instead of his much-friendlier Toronto crowd. 

So Elton Brand undertook yet another team makeover, the third since he took over the general manger's job in September of 2018. He traded Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat, receiving Josh Richardson in return. He signed Al Horford to a four-year contract. He brought back Tobias Harris on a five-year contract and re-signed Mike Scott and James Ennis III. Brand also used the NBA Draft as a conduit to add defensive maven (see below) Matisse Thybulle with the 20th pick in the first round. In addition, he allowed JJ Redick, TJ McConnell, Boban Marjanovic, Greg Monroe and Amir Johnson, all of whom could be described as weaker defenders, to leave via free agency.

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Why Tobias Harris Should Flourish with Increased Role in the 76ers' Offense

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

When the Philadelphia 76ers traded for Tobias Harris last season, they were expecting to acquire someone who could stretch the floor and add to the team's already immensely talented core. However, Harris struggled after being traded to Philadelphia, never quite reaching his full potential and failing to adjust to his somewhat limited role in the 76ers' offense. 

Harris is looking to rebound and produce at the highest level of his career this season, and there are multiple reasons why he should be able to. 

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand knew the potential risks when he made mid-season trades for both Jimmy Butler and Harris. Growing team chemistry on the court, especially in regards to learning how to get everyone their opportunities with the ball, was one of the team's big goals after recreating the team through a couple of major mid-season additions.

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76ers Sign Isaiah Miles to Exhibit 10 Contract

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers announced their signing of Isaiah Miles, a former standout at St. Joseph's University, on Thursday afternoon. 

The contract, according to multiple reports, is of the Exhibit 10 variety. 

By signing Miles to an Exhibit 10 contract, the 76ers have given themselves the flexibility to stash him in the G-League while also potentially converting his contract to a two-way deal. The team already used an Exhibit 10 contract to sign rookie big man Christ Koumadje earlier this offseason.

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Jonah Bolden Wants a Chance to Compete on 76ers in Upcoming Season

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Writer

Jonah Bolden is just 23 years old, but he has already had a professional basketball career that can be described as a bit of an odyssey. He was a highly-recruited high school player, #27 in the 2014 Scout.com rankings (#32 by Rivals and #69 by ESPN) who chose to attend UCLA. However, he was deemed a partial academic qualifier coming out of high school due to a late transfer in his senior year from his home nation of Australia to a United States prep powerhouse, Findlay Prep. As a result, he was forced to redshirt during his freshman year.

Bolden was suspended to start his redshirt freshman year due to an unspecified violation of team rules, but eventually became a noted defensive stopper for Steve Alford’s UCLA teams. He was promoted to a starting role halfway through conference play, but the team faltered late and failed to reach postseason play in 2016. Bolden, seeing injured players returning and possibly taking his minutes, decided to leave UCLA during the summer. Because he was too late to be considered for the NBA Draft, he signed with FMP in Serbia.

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Breaking Down Josh Richardson's Career, Why He Fits with 76ers

By Kevin Condit, Sports Talk Philly Writer

On June 30th, 2019 the Philadelphia 76ers acquired Josh Richardon for Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade-deal with the Miami Heat. This was a move that confused many 76ers fans who thought we were not getting enough in return for Butler, who carried the team in the previous postseason. The hard truth to swallow is that Jimmy Butler wasn’t going to end up a 76er anyway, so picking up Richardson was a very solid consolation prize.

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Assessing the 76ers' Backup Point Guard Position After Signing Trey Burke

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

A lot has changed in the Philadelphia 76ers backup point guard role from last season to right now. Ben Simmons is still the obvious starter and will be playing most of the minutes. TJ McConnell signed with the Indiana Pacers in free agency and the team traded Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic mid-season. 

As for the point guard rotation behind Simmons heading into this season, it begins with Shake Milton: a young, developing player who had his contract converted from a two-way deal to a four-year NBA contract. After that, it's a battle between two veterans who both provide different skills to the roster, Trey Burke and Raul Neto.

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76ers Fill Roster, Sign Trey Burke to One-Year Contract

By Kevin Condit, Sports Talk Philly Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers and guard Trey Burke have agreed to a one-year contract, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. 

The contract is for the veteran minimum, with Burke set to reportedly make up to $1.84 million in the upcoming season, according to The Inquirer's Keith Pompey

Burke brings some shooting and much needed guard depth to the 76ers. Many were under the impression that Shake Milton would lock down some minutes at the backup guard spot after the team signed him to a four-year contract earlier in the offseason. However, he looked very "shakey" in Summer League, shooting poorly from outside and struggling to control the ball.

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