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The 76ers' rebuilding approach is one of the most aggressive and controversial in professional sports -- and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak doesn't appear to be much of a fan. "I still don't understand what they're doing," Kupchak said Thursday at the Lakers' practice facility, where the team conducted exit interviews after its 2014-15 season ended the day before. ESPN.com
Derek Bodner: About Saric: No currently built-in buyout in Saric's contract. Only way to get him over early would be if Efes desirous to get rid of him. w/how important Saric is, any newly negotiated buyout would likely be very expensive. #sixers limited in what they can contribute to buyout. The only real way would be if Efes were having financial difficulties, but they are not. Short version: I wouldn't expect Saric to come over this season. Very little that the #sixers can do. Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA
Orazio Cauchi: I've mentioned this before but I can confirm what @Derek Bodner just said: no NBA buyout in Saric's deal for this summer. It's very very unlikely that Saric will join the #sixers next season. In 2016 there will be more possibilities, that's for sure. #NBA Twitter
He's a 7-footer who dunks with ease off between-the-legs moves. He's a once-in-a-generation athlete for his size. He has the natural talent to develop into one of the NBA's best players. But he'll need a good work ethic combined with an ability to stay healthy to turn that potential into results on the court. "There were times that I wasn't happy," coach Brett Brown said Thursday of Embiid's lack of diligence. "And you know it's been well-documented." Philadelphia Inquirer
Embiid's work ethic has been questioned by some inside the organization. The whispers ended after the center started doing on-court drills in March. However, a blow-up with assistant strength and conditioning coach James Davis was one of the reasons Embiid was sent home during a West Coast road trip in December. After he underwent surgery for a fractured right foot in June, Embiid missed his entire rookie season while rehabilitating his leg. Philadelphia Inquirer
An altercation with Davis during the West Coast trip, coupled with Brown's wanting him to be in "more of a structured, stable environment," prompted the Sixers to send him home, the sources said. "If you can't coach your best players, I call it buying time and dying," Brown said. "You have nothing. . . . "I tell my guys, you want me to coach you. You want to show up on time. You want to do the right thing. You want to act the right way." Philadelphia Inquirer
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