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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Evan Turner has sore right knee, isn't expected to miss time on upcoming roadtrip

(Associated Press)

76ers swingman Evan Turner is suffering from right knee soreness.

Turner, who sustained the knee pain in Saturday’s 116-106 loss at Milwaukee, “did pull up lame today,” coach Brett Brown said. The fourth-year man was on the court briefly Sunday, as the team went through a light practice that largely involved stretching and recovery conditioning following games on back-to-back nights.

Brown said Turner would be a game-time decision if the Sixers had a game in the near future. Given that the Sixers (8-20) don’t play again until Saturday in Phoenix, Brown sounded optimistic that Turner shouldn’t miss any time.

“He has a sore knee. It’s nothing to be concerned about,” Brown said. “He played a lot of minutes the night before in a tough win (Friday in overtime against Brooklyn). He had a great game.”

Turner, the Sixers’ leading scorer, is averaging 19.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He’s the only player to have appeared in all of the Sixers’ 28 games.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Thad Young denies report he asked for trade, says agent has 'talked' with Sixers GM Sam Hinkie


Thaddeus Young denied a report that said he has requested a trade.

The 76ers forward disclosed that he, his agent Jim Tanner and Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie have an open line of communication about trade requests coming from other teams, but Young said his camp has not opened the door to such dialogue. 

While frustration is building within a team that has lost seven games in a row, and 14 of 16 overall, Young said he has not asked to be moved by the Sixers.

“I just think how it’s all funny that it’s ‘sources’ said I asked to be traded,” Young said Friday morning, after the team’s shootaround session at PCOM. “At the end of the day, I’m here 110-percent every single game to just play, stay focused and try to win basketball games.”

When asked directly about the Thursday evening report, published by, and whether he had requested a trade, Young said without hesitation, “No.”

“My agent has talked to Sam about different situations and options and stuff like that. There’s been talks about me being traded and me having a lot of frustration, but that comes with losing basketball games,” Young said. “People have to realize that when you’re in a losing situation like we are now, people are going to get frustrated, people are going to tense up and that’s what’s been happening.”

There’s justification for Young’s frustration. 

The longest-tenured Sixer, who’s been with the team since being taken 12th overall in the 2007 draft, Young has had five coaches in his seven-season tenure in Philly. The 25-year-old is only two years removed from his team making the second round of the playoffs. And this season, he’s overseeing an overhaul with the Sixers, who have nine players with two or fewer seasons of experience.

Upon seeing the report about his supposed trade request, Young said he played with his two young sons to take his mind off of it.

“To tell you the truth, I saw it, I laughed, and I started playing with my kids,” Young said. “I can’t let anything get me upset. I just have to keep playing, keep being focused and keep being the family man I am. I went back to playing with my kids. They were at home, smiling and playing, and that was happy for me.”

But is it possible Young is being shopped? He said yes.

"If there's something put on the table, (Hinkie) is going to listen," Young said.

Young, who’s making $8.6 million this season, potentially has two years left on his deal. He’s set to earn $9.16 million next year and has a player option of $9.72 million for the 2015-16 campaign.

The seventh-year forward is posting 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He has thrived as a stretch-four in coach Brett Brown’s offense, being on pace to take more 3-pointers than he had in any previous season. Young is shooting 48.7 percent overall (154-for-316) and 34.9 percent from beyond the arc (15-for-43).

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Monday, December 16, 2013

'There's a possibility' Nerlens Noel plays this season, Sixers rookie says in radio interview

(USA Today)

NEW YORK – 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel said “there’s a possibility” he could play this season.

In an interview Monday for the NBA channel on SiriusXM Radio, Noel said no decision has been made regarding his availability this season. Noel has been viewed as a longshot to play while rehabbing the torn ACL in his left knee that he incurred in February 2013 as a freshman at Kentucky. Sixers coach Brett Brown has said that he looks at this season as an opportunity to reconstruct the mechanics on Noel’s shot.

As for missing the whole season, Noel said “that hasn’t been really said.”

“We’re just taking our time with it, being cautious with things,” Noel said in the radio interview. “I’m definitely worried about my health, but as (in) regards to the whole season, you know, that decision hasn’t been made up. I still have to meet up with my doctors – Dr. (James) Andrews, Dr. Kevin Wilk – and come to a conclusion with that.”

So there’s a possibility he might play for the Sixers?

“There’s a possibility,” Noel said.

Noel, 19, has not spoken to reporters since the team’s Oct. 1 media day. Reporters have been told Noel is unavailable for interview requests until he’s cleared to participate in 5-on-5 practices.

The Sixers (7-18) visit the Brooklyn Nets (8-15) Monday night.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sixers' Daniel Orton gets handed one-game suspension without pay for scrum against Portland

(Portland's Meyers Leonard and the Sixers' Daniel Orton.)

The 76ers’ Daniel Orton has been suspended one game without pay for his involvement in a scrum in Saturday’s 139-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Orton will sit out Monday’s game at Brooklyn.

The incident occurred with 7 minutes, 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter, when the Trail Blazers’ Meyers Leonard body-slammed Orton to the ground. Orton retaliated while both were in a heap, throwing an elbow that hit Leonard in the mouth. Both received Flagrant 2 fouls and were ejected from the game.

To view the play, click here.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Blazers' Dorell Wright doesn't 'give a damn' about minutes, so long as he's playing for a winning team


The Portland Trail Blazers brought to Philly a familiar face, in Dorell Wright.

Wright, who spent last season with the 76ers, got a two-year, $6 million deal in the summer from Portland. That’s a pay cut for the 10th-year swingman, who made more than $4 million for his work with the 2012-13 Sixers.

Still, it’s more than the Sixers were willing to offer Wright, who averaged 9.2 points and shot 39.6 percent last season.

“There was nothing,” Wright said.

That being said, the grass in the Rose City isn’t always greener. Wright, who’s playing with an unspecified bench role for the Western Conference-leading Blazers, is averaging fewer minutes (14.2) than all but one season in his career. He’s averaging 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 23 appearances, with zero starts. Also, he’s shooting 34.9 percent from 3-point range – his lowest total from beyond the arc since 2006-07.

“But we’re winning,” Wright said. “I don’t give a damn how many minutes (I’m playing) as long as we’re winning. I could care less if I was playing 40 minutes a night on a losing team. That don’t make no sense. The ultimate goal at the end of the day is to win. That’s what we’re doing, and I’m happy with my role, I’m happy with this team.”

Wright said he’s stayed in touch with current Sixers Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Arnett Moultrie, as well as deposed coach Doug Collins. Wright has no regrets from his one season with the Sixers, a team of shooters assembled around anticipated centerpiece Andrew Bynum.

“When that put the team in, as far as the different pieces, it didn’t work out with all the different injuries,” Wright said. “I still looked at it as me going out there each and every night and leaving it out there on the court. I’m not looking at it just as, ‘I’m here for a year,’ or whatever it was. I wanted to be back. You always want to be in a city as long as you can. They had other plans, as far as going young and rebuilding. I had other plans, as far as going to a different team and getting to the playoffs. I haven’t been the last couple years.”

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