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Despite his second 10-day contract expiring Sunday, diminutive guard Casper Ware was back yesterday after agreeing to a contract for the rest of the season. "I just want to finish up strong and try to work out something for the long term," the 5-10 guard said. "I had a meeting with [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] this morning. All [day], I was, like, 'Dang, when am I going to get the call?' It ended up good, so I'm happy about that." Philadelphia Inquirer

The talent appears to be there, somewhere, hidden inside the NBA body. But to get it to come to the surface has been forward Arnett Moultrie's problem in his two NBA seasons. He says now is the time, however, as the recently imposed five-game suspension given him for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy was what he needed to get himself on track. "It was a little dark spot for me, I guess, throughout the year I was just a little down on myself on the court, mainly, with no off-the-court issues," Moultrie said. "I'm upset with myself basketballwise. The mental part of the game is my biggest concern. Just to try and stay strong mentally. "The five-game suspension was my wakeup call. So now everything is behind me, water under the bridge, I'm ready to move forward." Philadelphia Inquirer

"If Arnett takes things extremely serious, if Arnett understands what it really, really takes to cultivate his obvious skills, then, yes, he can [make it in the league]," coach Brett Brown said. "I think that his skill package is surely good enough. He's a young man that's trying to sort some things out. We will continue to help him. We're with him. He's a part of our team. "Ultimately, if it's meant to be, it's up to him. He needs to control his own destiny with all aspects of how he lives his life and practices, and so on. I think that it is in him to do that. It's going to take a lot of work." Philadelphia Inquirer

There are so many elements that need addressing for the 76ers to seriously start the rebuild they're currently in, with a new practice facility being at or near the top of the list. But sources have told the Daily News that some employees have been told that the plan of building at the Navy Yard has been scratched, leaving management frantically searching for a place to build a state-of-the-art facility they can call their own. Currently, the Sixers practice at the gym at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which doesn't provide the intimacy or the updated equipment that most other teams in the league already have. Philadelphia Inquirer

Though another source said the Navy Yard plans haven't been officially scratched yet, it is likely to happen. Several sites are being scouted and management would like to have "shovels in the ground soon," according to a source. "We look forward to our own practice facility," said coach Brett Brown. "There is so much going on with practice facilities and how we attract people and how we keep people and how we develop people. Philadelphia Inquirer

Construction on the 76ers' new practice facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard could begin as early as this summer, Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said Monday night. First-year Sixers coach Brett Brown said the facility is an integral component to attracting top-tier free agents and building a championship contender and was a major reason why he decided to join the Sixers after winning four NBA titles as a longtime assistant with the Spurs. Delaware News Journal

April 14, 2014 Updates

Last season saw 13 coaching changes and eight front office hires. There won’t be nearly as many open front office jobs, but it looks like three or four opportunities could surface. Last week we took a look at some of those jobs and worked through a list of possible candidates. Like most lists, the feedback from around the league offered up several more names to consider, so here is the second wave of ‘likely to get interviewed’ front office candidates. Doug Collins: As bad as it went for Collins in his final days with Philadelphia, there is still a sense that he has some fans among NBA owners looking for a “face-of-the-franchise” guy. It’s possible that Collins gets his name associated with some of the front office jobs that come up, but there is doubt in NBA circles that Collins would be back with a team so quickly. When it comes to known candidates Collins is that, but its seems unlikely that he is hired this year, but he does seem like someone that’s going to get linked to jobs based on feedback from others around the league. Basketball Insiders

April 13, 2014 Updates

And do what you will with this: The Heat was offered Evan Turner before Indiana. All they had to give up was Haslem, who wasn’t even playing. Haslem, like Danny Granger, has spent his basketball life with only one team, and he talks a lot about the Heat way and family. The Heat didn’t make the trade at least in part because it didn’t like how the message contradicted what it was selling James when it met him, or what it might do to the locker room. And Haslem, the old pro who has twice given up in excess of $10 million to stay in Miami, never once said a negative syllable from the bench, telling anyone who would listen that a time would come when he would be needed. And, as the Pacers continue an uncommon short-circuiting since the Granger-for-Turner trade, that was the undersized Haslem pushing around Roy Hibbert, the giant who called his teammates selfish, in the most recent game to help decide the Eastern Conference’s best team. Miami Herald

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Calling his rookie season "a great learning experience," Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel said Tuesday he still hopes to make his NBA debut in one of the team's final five regular-season games but realizes the team's cautious approach with him has been for the best. "Obviously I do want to play," Noel told reporters in Philadelphia. "I'm a 19-year-old who's been sitting down on the sideline really wanting to get out there and show my abilities and to be able to play ball. "It's been tough, but it's something we had to do." ESPN.com

On Tuesday, Noel deemed his knee "100 percent," saying he's gained over 3 inches on his vertical leap since before the surgery and overall is "stronger and moving around well." He's also overhauled his shot with the help of 76ers coach Brett Brown "I am very encouraged," Noel said. "Through the past year since I had my injury, I have pushed myself through thick and thin and I've had some struggles and I've just stayed with it. "I definitely worked my butt off to get where I am at now." ESPN.com

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The 76ers have more MVPs than any other franchise outside of Lakers and Celtics, so the team's Top 50 is obviously stacked with talent.

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