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Newly acquired Sixer Gani Lawal did not attend the team’s practice here at the Bizkala Arena at the Biblao Exhibition Center. But the post player was a hot topic. “Gani is another young athletic player who we hope to put in our pipeline,” general manager Sam Hinkie said, “and a guy that has a chance to develop and sees opportunity here, which is why he did what he did and is willing to come here and compete for a spot.” The 6-foot-9, 234-pounder signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Sixers on Friday. The team was forced to waive Solomon Alabi to make room on the 20-man preseason roster.
via Philadelphia Inquirer
The 76ers have signed post player Gani Lawal on Friday, according to a league source. The team waived Solomon Alabi to make room for him on their 20-man preseason roster. Lawal will join the team in Spain Saturday. The 6-foot-9, 234-pounder was a second-round pick by the Phoenix Suns in 2010. The Georgia Tech product played in one game for the Suns during the 2010-11 season before suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear. The Nigeria spent the next two seasons playing overseas.
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Teams have until April 17 to sign players who will be eligible for the first round of the postseason. Here are some of the top D-League players at each position, who could be called up at some point in the next month. GUARDS: Delonte West, Dominique Jones, Lester Hudson, Kris Joseph, Josh Selby, Courtney Fortson, Jerel McNeal, Andrew Goudelock, Christian Eyenga, Lazar Hayward, Justin Dentmon, Chris Roberts, Ben Uzoh, Sean Singletary, Ron Howard, Darington Hobson. FORWARDS: D.J. Kennedy, Samardo Samuels, Demetris Nichols, Willie Reed, Rick Jackson, Arinze Onuaku, Rasual Butler, Damion James, Luke Harangody, Micah Downs, JaMychal Green, James Mays. CENTERS: Jerome Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Vernon Macklin, Hilton Armstrong, Keith Benson, Brian Butch, Mickell Gladness, Solomon Alabi, Jarrid Famous, Augustus Gilchrist.
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Big man Chris Daniels, not Solomon Alabi, will be the one replacing Didier Ilunga-Mbenga on Qingdao Eagles, one source told HoopsHype. Chinese website 361 Sport had reported the former Raptor would be the one joining Tracy McGrady’s club, but that will not be the case. Daniels, a 6-foot-11 center, had been playing with the Santa Cruz Warrriors of the NBADL, where he was averaging 7.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
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With NBA teams required to pare down their rosters to the league’s minimum 15 by Monday, the New Orleans Hornets released guard Chris Wright and center Solomon Alabi on Saturday, according to league sources. The Hornets’ roster now stands at 14. Both Alabi and Wright were signed as free agents before training camp and were long shots to make the regular-season roster. Alabi, 7 feet 1, 252 pounds, played in three games and averaged 0.7 points in 17 minutes.
via New Orleans Times-Picayune
The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have assigned centre Solomon Alabi to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Alabi will continue to be included on the Raptors’ roster and will be placed on the team’s inactive list. He appeared in 22 games during three stints with the NBA D-League’s Erie BayHawks last season, averaging 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 18.5 minutes. Alabi’s lone appearance with the Raptors this season came January 1 at Orlando. He played in 12 games with Toronto last season, totaling six points and 14 rebounds in 59 minutes. The club acquired the draft rights to Alabi from the Dallas Mavericks on June 24, 2010. He was the 50th overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft.
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They already targeted their center… Solomon Alabi… he killed it in their min-camp in June and he really started to come around. I talked with some people at the Raptors camp, and they said hands down Solomon was the best player there. Dwyane Casey really likes him and he will get a real chance. Not saying they won’t look to bring in bigs, but they think they have a possible starter in Solo and with Bargs and Ed Davis able to play the 5 spot, they may not have the gap you think they do.
via HoopsWorld
All in all, a trip to the basketball boonies was an entirely underwhelming experience for Solomon Alabi. The raw Raptors rookie returned to the big leagues Thursday after a three-week stint with the D League Erie Bayhawks and, like teammate Ed Davis, all he really learned is that he doesn’t want to go back. “I want to stay in the NBA,” Alabi said matter-of-factly. “The NBA’s better than the D League so I never want to go back to the D League.” Alabi’s trip almost lasted longer than it should have because, like all kids starting out in their professions, the 22-year-old was budget-conscious. “They tried to call my phone (to recall him) but I turned off my phone when I was there,” Alabi said. “I’ve got a Canadian phone so the roaming was killing me so they couldn’t get a hold of me. They called my agent, my agent called someone there and they told me I was coming back.”
via Toronto Star
Solomon Alabi and Ed Davis are with the team today but not for long, I’m told. I think you’ll see Alabi assigned to Erie of the D League the first of the week so he can go down there and get some practice and game work with the Bayhawks. And I’m told Davis may get some time down in the minors in the next little while (maybe a week or so away) to get some game work in as he comes back from knee surgery. I guess both moves make sense, although I do think each of the young bigs would benefit almost as much from practicing against NBA guys than playing in a guard-oriented minor league, but as long as they’re not gone long, there’s no big problem.
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Word has leaked that Solomon Alabi’s fall on draft night has been linked with a positive test for Hepatitis B. How that diagnosis affects Alabi’s pro career isn’t easily discernible, but the Raptors believe the kid will able to function, which might help explain why they forked over cash and a future second-round pick to Dallas to acquire the Nigerian-born big man’s rights with the 50th slot. Given the sensitive nature, the Raptors aren’t prepared to comment, but it’s widely known a red flag was attached to Alabi on draft night with talk of a medical condition hovering over the 7-foot-1 product of Florida State. According to one report, Alabi had a “rare medical condition,’’ which clearly discouraged teams from taking a prospect many had pegged as a first-rounder.
via Toronto Sun
While Reid’s selection was a mild surprise, Alabi’s freefall was one of the biggest storylines of the draft. And it apparently developed after teams were notified about a rare medical condition that was only recently diagnosed during one of Alabi’s pre- draft examinations. Many NBA analysts had Alabi pegged to go as a mid- to late-first round pick, but sources within the NBA confirmed late Thursday night that a communication was sent to each of the league’s 30 teams detailing the condition. The ailment is not considered life-threatening, one NBA source said, but it might have compounded existing concerns about his lack of offensive production in college.
via Tallahassee Democrat