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76ers Sign Big Man Al Horford to 4-Year Contract

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Staff

The Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, signed big man Al Horford to a four-year, $109 million contract. The contract contains $97 million guaranteed and $12 million in bonuses tied to championships. 

The Sixers continued to make major changes to their roster, with this move following immediately on the heels of a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat that sent Jimmy Butler to Miami in return for Josh Richardson

Horford, a five-time NBA All-Star, will presumably play the power forward position in Philadelphia due to the team already having superstar center Joel Embiid. While Horford would fit better as a center, he does have some of the necessary skills to be able to coexist on the court with Embiid. Horford is an excellent defender, often giving Embiid struggles during his time with the Boston Celtics. 

On the offensive end, Horford can shoot from both mid-range and beyond the arc. Last season, he shot 36 percent from 3-point range. He is a near perfect fit on the offensive end due to his ability to excel anywhere on the court.

Most importantly, Horford is not a ball dominant player, which should help him be able to coexist with the rest of the 76ers team. He took only 10.6 shots per game with the Celtics last season. Horford is a quiet player who does a great job at doing the little things, whether it is being unselfish with the ball or helping out on the defensive end. 

One of the main concerns with the contract that the 76ers are giving Horford is that it is for four years. Horford, currently age 33, might not still be providing good production on the floor by the end of this contract. However, it is clear that the Sixers are in win now mode and Horford helps the team improve in the immediate. 

 


76ers, Heat Finalizing Jimmy Butler Sign-and-Trade

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Staff

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat are finalizing a sign-and-trade that would send Jimmy Butler to the Heat. The Sixers are reportedly receiving Josh Richardson back in the deal. 

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Phillies 2016 Top Pick Mickey Moniak Leaves Game with Hamstring Soreness

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Phillies outfielder prospect Mickey Moniak at Major League spring training on Friday, February 22, 2019 (Frank Klose/SportsTalkPhilly.com).

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Amid the NBA free agency frenzy, the Philadelphia sports Twitter caught wind of another development that does not affect the city's basketball team, but rather its baseball team in the Philadelphia Phillies and its No. 9-ranked prospect - outfielder Mickey Moniak - who was pulled to start the sixth inning in Double-A Reading's 3-2 victory over Portland Sunday evening at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Twitter user @Kram207 noted Moniak "made a sliding," possibly tweaking a hamstring, and "he and one of the trainers were missing from the dugout late in the game." The Athletic's Meghan Montemurro confirmed the speculated injury Monday morning, reporting that Moniak left the game with "some soreness in his hamstring," and that he was only removed as a precaution.

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Sixers Reach 2-Year Deal with Forward Mike Scott

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(Photo: Kristen Rodgers/Twitter)

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a two-year deal worth $9.8 million with forward Mike Scott, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

This past season, Scott averaged 5.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.2 blocks per game.

Also on Sunday to kick off the NBA free agency period, the Sixers signed forward Tobias Harris, and lost guard JJ Redick to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Sixers had acquired Scott in February from the Los Angeles Clippers, along with Harris and Boban Marjanovic, in exchange for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet and picks.


Sixers Reach 5-Year Deal with Forward Tobias Harris

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a five-year deal worth $180 million with forward Tobias Harris, with no player option, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Harris penned an ESPN article, which explains why he is returning to the City of Brotherly Love:

There's nothing about my NBA journey that I would change -- the teams, the cities, the teammates, the fans have all helped me grow into the player and person that I've become. Every time I moved, I saw the bright side. Always, I saw opportunity.

Still, I want to be somewhere that I can call home. Finally, I can do that now: I'm a Philadelphia 76er. ...

We've got unfinished business, and I'm ready to commit to a long-term vision of bringing a title to Philadelphia.

ESPN's Bobby Marks reports the Sixers will leave the $22 million "Tobias Harris free agent hold counting against the cap before they sign the forward."

The Harris number projects to start at $31M and Philadelphia can use his hold to create cap flexibility. Philadelphia could have either $39M in room without Jimmy Butler or act as a team over the cap if Butler returns on a max contract.

This past season, Harris averaged 20.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.

Also on Sunday to kick off the NBA free agency period, the Sixers signed forward Mike Scott, and lost guard JJ Redick to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Sixers had acquired Harris in February from the Los Angeles Clippers, along with Scott and Boban Marjanovic, in exchange for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet and picks.


Report: Sixers Discussing Contract Extension for All-Star Guard Ben Simmons

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

As NBA free agency gets underway, the Philadelphia 76ers reportedly have their eyes set on their long-term future just as much as filling out their 2019-20 roster.

On Sunday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the organization has begun discussions with agent Rich Paul on a contract extension for All-Star guard Ben Simmons. As FOX Sports notes, Simmons will enter his fourth year in the NBA; therefore, he is eligible to sign a rookie scale extension that would begin starting the 2020-21 season.

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The NBA set the projected 2020-21 cap at $117 million on Saturday. The maximum mark Simmons could agree to with the Sixers would be a five-year extension worth 25 percent of his team’s salary cap (starting at $29.25 million, with an 8 percent raise each subsequent season, totaling $169.55 million).

  • 2020-21: $29,250,000
  • 2021-22: $31,590,000
  • 2022-23: $33,930,000
  • 2023-24: $36,270,000
  • 2024-25: $38,610,000
  • Total: $169,550,000

Simmons could earn up to as much as $203.58 million if he qualifies for the Rose Rule — if next season he wins the MVP or Defensive Player of the Year awards, or is named to an All-NBA team.

As FOX Sports notes, Simmons is expected to have his contract "sorted early on in the free agency period," as he has his focus playing for the Australian Boomers in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

If Simmons signs the maximum contract extension on the rookie scale, it would be the largest deal ever signed by an Australian athlete.

This past season, Simmons nearly averaged a triple-double — with 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game; he shot 56.3 percent from the field.


Sixers Lose Guard JJ Redick to Pelicans

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Thirteen-year NBA veteran guard JJ Redick will not return to the Philadelphia 76ers for a third season. On Sunday, shortly after the free agency period began, the 35-year-old agreed to a two-year, $26.5 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In 146 games (133 starts) with the Sixers over the past two seasons, Redick averaged 17.6 points per game, 2.8 assists per game, 0.5 steals per game, 2.5 rebounds per game and shot nearly 90 percent from the free throw line (89.9).

This past season, Redick converted the seventh-most three-point field goals in the NBA (240), while logging the fifth-best free throw percentage (.894)


Phillies Catcher J.T. Realmuto Named to 2019 National League All-Star Roster

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

For the second straight season and second time of his career overall — first while a member of the Philadelphia Phillies — catcher J.T. Realmuto is headed to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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Phillies Bats Come Alive in Series Finale Rout of Marlins

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Behind their seven-run sixth inning en route to a 13-6 victory, the Philadelphia Phillies (44-40) salvaged the series finale and avoided being swept opposite the Miami Marlins (32-50) Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park. With the win, the Phillies snapped their two-game skid and finished the month of June with an 11-16 record.

The Phillies offense broke out in the win with 17 hits, three of which were produced by Bryce Harper. Harper nearly missed a grand slam, yet he still produced a home run later in the game and tallied four total RBI. Phillies starter Jake Arrieta earned the winning decision and improved to 8-6 on the season. In six innings, he allowed four runs on eight ones, one walk and one strikeout spanning 93 pitches and 69 strikes.

Entering the game, the Phillies had lost five straight games to the Marlins, outscored 28-16 and outhit 52-32. In the first two games of the series, Friday and Saturday, the Phillies fell 6-2 and 9-6.

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Flyers Buying Out D David Schlemko's Contract

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The buyout period ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, leaving teams with one final day to place players on waivers for purposes of terminating contracts. The Flyers have made one of those moves when the period opened, buying out the contract of Andrew MacDonald. Now, as the deadline approaches, they are doing that with another defenseman.

David Schlemko was placed on waivers on Sunday for the purposes of terminating contract. The team will buy him out.

Schlemko, 32, was acquired by the Flyers from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade on Feb. 9 along with forward Byron Froese that sent Dale Weise and Christian Folin to Montreal. Schlemko spent the remainder of the season in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, playing in 18 games and totaling four assists.

Schlemko had one year remaining on his contract at $2.1 million. The buyout will cost the Flyers $900,000 this season and $600,000 next season. It leaves them with $16.346 million in cap space as free agency begins on Monday.