Sixers offer up hope for Paul Reed, Charles Bassey to be backup options

The Philadelphia 76ers offer up hope that Paul Reed and Charles Bassey will be the backup big man options.

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Philadelphia 76ers still have needs to address during this offseason despite acquiring a much-needed backup point guard, De’Anthony Melton.

The Sixers still need help on the wings and they need to address the backup center spot. Will they go out in free agency to grab a veteran or will they turn their attention to Paul Reed and Charles Bassey and give them a chance back up Joel Embiid?

The Sixers turned to DeAndre Jordan a lot during the regular season, but in the playoffs, the backup minutes went to Reed, who brings a ton of energy every time he steps on the floor. Bassey was productive in short spurts and also had success in the G League.

“I know coach (Doc) Rivers is very excited with what Paul Reed gave us down the stretch,” said president Daryl Morey on Thursday. “Generally, guys really don’t contribute much in their first year, but Bassey was a G League (runner-up) with the Belue Coats, and, I think the hope is, it’s a long shot on a great, winning team like ours, but the hope is that Bassey could contribute at some point this year.”

It’s very easy for the Sixers to go out in free agency and sign somebody just as they did in 2021 when they brought in Andre Drummond. However, Morey and the front office believe they can turn to Reed and Bassey and feel comfortable.

“Paul, hopefully, build on what he did at the end of last year,” Morey added. “We’re gonna be opportunistic with a bigger spend in free agency, there will be opportunities to look at minimum spends, but I think the bar will be high on a minimum spend at the backup center spot because we feel like we got some guys who can contribute.”

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Report: Sixers still trying to acquire Eric Gordon from Rockets in a deal

The Philadelphia 76ers are still interested in acquiring Eric Gordon from the Houston Rockets in a deal.

The Philadelphia 76ers swung their deal on draft night when they acquired De’Anthony Melton from the Memphis Grizzlies, but they aren’t done making deals just yet.

The Sixers know they need more wing depth after sending Danny Green to the Grizzlies in the deal and they now need help in that department as well as bringing in the right pieces around Joel Embiid and James Harden.

One piece that fits both needs is Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon. The 14-year veteran played with Harden for a little over four seasons in Houston so he knows how to play next to him and he shot 41.2% from deep in the 2021-22 season.

The Sixers have had an interest in acquiring Gordon from the Rockets and even after acquiring Melton, their thought process hasn’t changed as Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

The Sixers also tried to acquire the Rockets’ Eric Gordon on draft night, using Matisse Thybulle as an asset. They even attempted to get a third team to participate, according to multiple league sources. Sources say Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey is still trying to acquire Gordon despite being unsuccessful on Thursday night.

It will be interesting to see what else president Daryl Morey has up his sleeve in order to help improve the Sixers in the 2022 offseason. He has made moves in the past to help the Sixers move forward, but now they need to be able to hit on the right moves this offseason as their window to win is right now. Maybe Gordon is that guy to help them.

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Sixers plan to use Doc Rivers as an asset when free agency begins

The Philadelphia 76ers plan to use Doc Rivers as an asset to recruit players in free agency.

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Philadelphia 76ers have a very important free agency period coming up as they try to put the right pieces around Joel Embiid and James Harden and properly contend in the East.

They have a legitimate star duo with those two leading the way, but team president Daryl Morey has another selling point he can offer free agents:  coach Doc Rivers, who has great relationships with players around the league.

The Sixers hit on cheap free agents in the 2021 offseason. Andre Drummond and Georges Niang both singled out Rivers’ presence in their reasoning to come to Philadelphia. Morey plans on using the coach again as the team moves into free agency period at the end of June.

Morey and the Sixers have a plan for free agency, so having a guy like Rivers helps in recruitment and having guys understand their role.

“I think one good thing about coach Rivers is people wanna play for him because he’s very upfront with what role they’ll have, and I think that’s helped us recruit,” said Morey on Thursday after the draft. “We’re, hopefully, after free agency, we’re going to be a fairly deep team.”

The Sixers, at the moment, are a valuable team for potential free agents. They play in a passionate sports city. They have two stars. They have championship contention plans. And they possess Rivers, who has won in this league and is a former player. That always helps.

“So maybe we will have a challenge promising roles,” Morey added. “I do think what balances that is city, winning team, coach Rivers. I can’t tell you how much when I’m out there, people are like ‘I wanna play for Doc’. That’s been very helpful for me.”

With that period beginning in roughly a week, now is the time for Philadelphia to begin drawing up its selling points for potential additions.

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Daryl Morey excited for free agency to help improve Sixers’ roster

Daryl Morey is excited for free agency to help the Philadelphia 76ers improve their roster.

CAMDEN, N.J.–The Philadelphia 76ers pulled the trigger on their first offseason move on Thursday when they acquired De’Anthony Melton for the No. 23 pick and Danny Green in a deal that helps the team move forward.

Now, the attention turns to free agency. The Sixers lost a bit of money to use during the period due to the trade as their cap commitments increased from $2.5 million (the No. 23 pick) to $8.25 million. Therefore, using the non-taxpayer mid-level exception is likely out of the question, but there are still some cheap options out there.

The Sixers still have some needs that must be addressed during the free agency period such as wing depth help and they could still use a backup big man as well. With that being said, president Daryl Morey is excited about what the team can do in late June heading into July.

“We’re excited for free agency,” said Morey. “We don’t know how it’ll play out, but Josh (Harris) and David (Blitzer) have given us every ability to do whatever we need to do in free agency to make the team better now and hopefully another rotation piece. That’s a little ways away and who knows how it’ll play out.”

In terms of what they can sell to potential free agents, the Sixers have two stars in Joel Embiid and James Harden who are guys that players want to play with. They know those two can take games over in the blink of an eye and that is what the Sixers can sell to players to play in Philadelphia.

“People want to play here,” added Morey. “People love our team, people love playing with Joel, people love playing with James, love playing with Tobias (Harris). We’re optimistic about free agency, but we have no idea how that’s gonna play out.”

While Morey and the Sixers have a lot to sell to free agents, there are still money constraints. Philadelphia will have to work within the confines of the CBA to figure things out in terms of helping them find the players they need to win a title.

“Josh and David are gonna let us spend whatever we need to spend,” Morey explained. “The CBA constrains us in certain ways so sometimes you don’t get everyone you want because of that. We think mapping it out as best we can with quite a few options, maybe 8-to-12, we think can contribute and might be in the range of what we’re allowed to do. We feel pretty good that we might get someone that can contribute and be in our playoff rotation.”

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Get to know new Sixers guard De’Anthony Melton after draft night trade

Here are some facts and knowledge on new Philadelphia 76ers guard De’Anthony Melton after the draft-night trade.

The Philadelphia 76ers are clearly in win-now mode. A draft pick at No. 23 was not going to help them win a title in the 2022-23 season so president Daryl Morey did what he felt was right by trading the pick as well as Danny Green to the Memphis Grizzlies for De’Anthony Melton.

At this point, now is the time for Sixers fans to get familiar with their team’s newest player. Melton is a guy who can help the Sixers get to the next level and get over the hump in the Eastern Conference and Sixers Wire is going to list some facts and some knowledge on the 4-year veteran to help fans get to know Melton and what he brings to the table.

Daryl Morey believes Sixers got better after De’Anthony Melton trade

Daryl Morey believes the Philadelphia 76ers got better after acquiring De’Anthony Melton from the Memphis Grizzlies.

CAMDEN N.J. — The Philadelphia 76ers swung a trade on Thursday, sending their No. 23 pick and Danny Green to the Memphis Grizzlies to acquire De’Anthony Melton.

Melton will help the Sixers right now, which a rookie selected at No. 23 would not, so this deal helps the Sixers’ short-term title chase. The Sixers selected David Roddy with that pick, but he will head to Memphis in the deal.

Melton averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 37.4% from deep in the 2021-22 season with the Grizzlies. He also provided elite defense on the perimeter. He is the type of guy the Sixers need right now.

“We think we got better tonight,” said president Daryl Morey. “I do want to start by thanking Danny Green. I really wanted to get him the fourth ring, but I think we haven’t seen the last of Danny. He’s been a warrior for us.”

Morey could not offer much detail on the deal because it is not official yet. NBA rules prevent teams from talking about a trade on the record until the deal becomes official. However, Morey gave some hints into what the team was thinking.

“We’re excited about the possibility of some trades coming,” Morey added. “We’re thinking we might be able to pick up a rotation piece. I do want to thank our staff who worked a billion hours on draft picks that may not be here in the future.”

The Sixers have a title in their sights. Led by Joel Embiid and James Harden, they needed a guy like Melton who can come in and contribute off the bench.

“We’re trying to win now,” said Morey without directly speaking about the deal. “We’re looking for players who can contribute, and we were the No. 1 defense two years ago. We were good last year. We want to make sure we improve that so if we can get a perimeter defender maybe for a draft pick, we feel very good about that. We think someone like that is someone that can really contribute and be a two-way player. Someone like that would be a really nice addition.”

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Sixers to sign Georgetown’s Aminu Mohammed to exhibit 10 contract

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign Georgetown guard Aminu Mohammed to an exhibit 10 deal.

After the Philadelphia 76ers swung their big deal to acquire De’Anthony Melton from the Memphis Grizzlies, their focus now turns to summer league among other events in the NBA.

Free agency is around the corner and one can assume that they will make more trades in order to position themselves for contention in the East and summer league is set to begin July 7 in Las Vegas.

They will have young players like Jaden Springer and Charles Bassey out in Vegas, but there will also be some undrafted free agents there as well. After the draft concluded, the team signed some undrafted free agents among them, Georgetown guard Aminu Mohammed who will sign an Exhibit 10 deal with the Sixers.

Mohammed played one college season at Georgetown where he averaged 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds in the 2021-22 season. He shot 37.9% from the floor and 31% from deep so he will need to improve on those numbers in the summer league to earn a look in training camp.

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Sixers to sign G League Ignite F Michael Foster Jr. to a free agent deal

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign G League Ignite forward Michael Foster Jr. to a free-agent deal.

The 2022 NBA draft is a wrap. The Philadelphia 76ers made their move by trading their No. 23 pick along with respected veteran Danny Green to the Memphis Grizzlies in order to acquire De’Anthony Melton to help the team move forward on a title chase right now.

With that being said, now is the time to look at the undrafted free agents. The team already signed St. John’s Julian Champagnie to a two-way deal and now they will sign another undrafted guard out of the G League.

The Sixers will sign G League Ignite guard Michael Foster Jr. to a free-agent deal. He averaged 16.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks while shooting 44.4% in 15 games during the G League Ignite Tour in the 2021-22 season.

Foster Jr. figures to join the team’s Las Vegas Summer League squad that begins on July 7. That will give him an opportunity to learn his new team while also being able to make his stamp and prove his worth at the NBA level.

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De’Anthony Melton, former Grizzlies teammates react to trade with Sixers

They get a young combo guard making less than $10 million in the 2022-23 season who fits right into what they need on the perimeter — shooting at a regular volume, and credible defense on the other end. 

The Philadelphia 76ers expensed their first-round pick — the no. 23 selection — in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. They acquired combo guard De’Anthony Melton in a deal that also sent veteran wing Danny Green to Memphis.

Given the fact that Green was likely to be sidelined for most of the season, if not for its entirety, with knee injuries sustained in Philadelphia’s season-ending loss to the Miami Heat, this is essentially a home run trade for the Sixers.

They get a young combo guard making less than $10 million in the 2022-23 season who fits right into what they need on the perimeter — shooting at a regular volume, and credible defense on the other end.

Having played behind Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Tyus Jones in Memphis, Melton figures to be rewarded with a bigger role in Philly. He appears more than content with his new opportunity while his former Grizzlies teammates were more than happy for their guy.

Report: Sixers to sign undrafted Julian Champagnie to two-way deal

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign St. John’s Julian Champagnie in a two-way deal.

The 2022 NBA draft is in the books and the Philadelphia 76ers made their big move by trading their No. 23 pick, along with Danny Green, to the Memphis Grizzlies in order to acquire De’Anthony Melton. It is a win-now move to help on their chase for a title.

With that being said, now is the time to take a look at some potential undrafted players who can try and make an impact with the Sixers in the Las Vegas Summer League as they move forward with their careers.

The Sixers will sign St. John’s Julian Champagnie to a two-way deal after the draft. He averaged 19.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in his junior season with the Red Storm and he won the Big East Most Improved Player award in the 2020-21 season.

Champagnie will look to move forward and make an impact in the summer league with the Sixers. He is probably going to head to the G League once the season begins, but he just needs an opportunity to prove himself at this level. The Sixers will offer it to him.

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