Butler to Visit Specialist, Embiid and Chandler Out vs. Nuggets

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By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

The Philadelphia 76ers have posted a 3-1 record over the first four games of their tough, 12-game stretch. They've won the last two without the services of Jimmy Butler, who has been dealing with a sprained right wrist. Before the Sixers' win against the Spurs, Brett Brown alluded to Butler playing during the team's next game in Denver. That doesn't seem to be the case now.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Butler will visit a specialist for his wrist injury on Friday in Los Angeles. Still, the team doesn't seem too concerned about the severity.

Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports that the team is just trying to get further confirmation that things are okay with Butler.

Butler, 29, injured his wrist during the Sixers' two-point loss to the Thunder on January 29. In 28 games with Philadelphia, he's averaging 19 points on 47.5 percent shooting and 38.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Jimmy isn't the only guy in line to miss Saturday's game in Denver. Joel Embiid and Wilson Chandler are officially out. Embiid, recently selected as an All-Star starter for the second straight year, will rest on Saturday. He's been dealing with back tightness for a while now and sitting will give him five days between games. 

As for Chandler, he is out with left hamstring tightness. The severity of this is unknown, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on since Chandler missed the team's first nine games with a hamstring injury.

With these injuries, you're looking at starting lineup that includes Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Corey Brewer, Furkan Korkmaz and Jonah Bolden. The Sixers will likely want to keep Landry Shamet in a bench role behind Redick. Amir Johnson could start ahead of Bolden, too, if Brett Brown prefers to have Jonah come off the bench rather than start.

Quick non-update on Markelle Fultz. The former first overall pick will be traveling with the team during their road trip, but he's still limited to physical therapy. Brett Brown doesn't expect Fultz to be cleared for basketball activities during the four-game stretch on the road. 

 


Zhaire Smith Assigned To Blue Coats For Rehab

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

After posting a 3-1 record over their first four games of this brutal stretch, the Sixers head out west for four games. While the team is traveling, two of their injured players will begin the next steps in their rehab. The team announced that Zhaire Smith and Justin Patton have been assigned to the Delaware Blue Coats.

Smithacquired on draft night in a trade with the Suns, suffered a Jones fracture during an offseason camp. In addition, the former Texas Tech product had a bad allergic reaction to sesame, which set back his rehab due to weight loss and other factors. Per the Sixers official press release, Smith will begin by participating in the non-contact elements of Blue Coats practices. Still, it’s progress.

Back in November, head coach Brett Brown said the G League is where Smith is likely to spend a lot of his time, even when he gets healthy this season.

“My expectation at some point will be to integrate him a lot with the G League and let him practice, let him play and let him grow in that environment instead of being stuck as a prisoner in this NBA thing where he won’t practice much nor will he play.”

Smith averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his only college season before getting drafted.

Patton, who came over from Minnesota in the Jimmy Butler trade, is recovering from right foot surgery. He will begin practicing with the Blue Coats with limited and controlled contact. Patton was the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Creighton.


Fultz Returns to Philadelphia to Continue Shoulder Rehab

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

In early December, we learned that Sixers guard Markelle Fultz was diagnosed with a thoracic outlet syndrome, a rare neurological condition. Following the news, Fultz traveled to California to work with former Lakers' renowned physical therapist Judy Seto. She worked with Kobe Bryant and current general manager Elton Brand during their playing careers.

After a little over a month of shoulder rehabilitation out west, Fultz has returned to Philadelphia. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that he will rehab with the Sixers as he continues the path to a return to the court this season. 

Guard Markelle Fultz has rejoined the Philadelphia 76ers to continue therapy on a shoulder condition, pushing for a return to the lineup this season, league sources told ESPN.

There's no timetable yet on Fultz playing again this year, league sources said.

Fultz flew on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles and arrived Saturday where he met with Sixers officials prior to today's game against Oklahoma City, sources said.

PhillyVoice's Kyle Neubeck reiterates that Fultz's return is to continue rehab and that the organization still has no timetable/expectation on his return to game or practice situations.

Fultz hasn't played since mid-November after seeing a handful of specialists at the recommendation of his agent/attorney, Raymond Brothers. After multiple visits and tests, the diagnosis was made and Fultz went out to California to work with Dr. Seto. Fultz's agent wanted to make sure that his client was 100 percent before returning. 

"We want to make sure he's 100 percent and healthy when he does come back," Brothers told ESPN at Christmas.

In 19 games this season, Fultz posted averages of 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

 

 


Sixers Trounce Timberwolves With Dominant Performance

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By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Since the November trade bwtween the Sixers and Timberwolves, January 15 was a game circled on the calendar. After much anticipation, the two teams met on Tuesday in what turned out to be one-sided dominance from the Sixers. When all what said and done, Philadelphia trounced Minnesota 149-107, setting a few new team records in the process.

Here's a quick glance at the new marks Philadelphia set on Tuesday, courtesy of Sixers Stats:

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Sixers Sign Corey Brewer To 10-Day Contract

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

The Philadelphia 76ers have had an open roster spot for quite a while and this week, they held a pair of workout sessions with veteran free agents and G League players. They've finally filled that open roster spot. Well, for the next 10 days at least. First reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Sixers have agreed to a 10-day contract with veteran forward, Corey Brewer. 

The Sixers have confirmed the move in a press release. According to Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice, Brewer will be available for the team's game on Tuesday against Minnesota.

Brewer, 32, hasn't played in the NBA this season. During the 2017-18 campaign, he appeared in 54 games for the Lakers and 18 with the Thunder. Combined, he averaged 5.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting. He isn't known for his range, posting a 28.3 percent mark from beyond in 783 career games.

Despite the lack of offensive potential, Brewer adds some defensive versatility to the Sixers bench unit that has struggled on that end of the ball for the majority of the season. 

 


Covington, Saric Return To Philadelphia Tonight

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

On November 12, the Philadelphia 76ers made the first big trade of the NBA season, acquiring Jimmy Butler from Minnesota. In doing so, they added a four-time All-Star to the roster. They also traded away two of the most storied process players -- sending Robert Covington and Dario Saric to Minnesota. It was an out-of-the blue move for the two former Sixers, who return to the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night for the first time in a different uniform.

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Sixers To Honor Marc Zumoff on 25 Years as Team's Broadcaster

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By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

The Philadelphia 76ers play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. In addition to some former players returning to Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers will honor play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff for 25 years with the team behind the mic.

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Report: Sixers To Work Out Meeks, Brewer on Monday

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

The Philadelphia 76ers have been dealing with depth issues most of the year, but even more so after dealing Robert Covington and Dario Saric to Minnesota for Jimmy Butler. 

The Sixers have an open roster spot since the trade and have yet to find a player to fill it. According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Sixers will bring in four players for workouts on Monday. 

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Report: Sixers Inquired About Jeremy Lin

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

The Philadelphia 76ers are actively looking for ways to improve their roster depth. They're reportedly willing to part ways with their 2019 first-round pick for immediate shooting help. One player they have checked in on is Hawks guard, Jeremy Lin. 

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Sixers are one of three known teams that have reached out to Atlanta about Lin.

Sources tell SN that they [Blazers] have expressed interest in another player expected to be made available for a first-round pick: Atlanta point guard Jeremy Lin.

The Pelicans and Sixers have also inquired about Lin, and the Hawks may be able to create some bidding for his services ahead of the deadline. It’ll still be tough to wrestle one of those first-rounders away, but this time around, there are at least more on the market.

Lin, 30, would provide the Sixers with some scoring depth off the bench. He's averaging 11 points per game, shooting 48.7 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from beyond the arc, both career-high's. 

If the Hawks want to get a first-round pick for Lin, it seems unlikely that it would come from Philadelphia. The Sixers only have one pick in the first round after dealing their other in the 2017 draft night trade with Boston. Lin is on an expiring contract, so it would be high-risk for the Sixers to deal a first-rounder for a few month of 30-year-old Jeremy Lin. Not to mention, Lin isn't a great player off-ball and that's what the Sixers need. 


Report: Sixers 'Willing to Part' with 2019 First Round Pick

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

The Philadelphia 76ers are about to enter a stretch of 12 straight games against teams at the .500 mark or above. They still have an open roster spot and have the ability to sign players to 10-day contracts, but it looks like they will stand pat and hope the buy-out market produces something worthwhile. That doesn't eliminate trades from the table, though.

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Sixers are among a handful of teams willing to give up their first-round pick in the draft in hopes of improving the roster now and for the playoff run.

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