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September 4, 2014 Updates

¡Saludos desde España! The 2014 FIBA World Cup began on Saturday, with 24 teams representing 24 nations from across the globe descending upon Spain for a basketball tournament that occurs just once every four years. A total of 45 current NBA players are participating in the event, and 17 more have connections to NBA teams via draft rights. One of those 17 players is Croatian forward Dario Saric, whose rights were acquired by Philadelphia during the 2014 Draft. This week, a five-man Sixers contingent consisting of General Manager Sam Hinkie, head coach Brett Brown, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Michael Carter-Williams traveled to Spain to watch the 20-year-old Saric firsthand. "I am proud of the effort our three players – Nerlens, Joel, and Michael – have made to fly to Spain in order to show their support for Dario, another cornerstone of our program," said Coach Brown. "The opportunity for all of us to spend quality time with each other and continue to discuss how we are going to build our program is very exciting. "As a group we are committed to getting this right." NBA.com

September 3, 2014 Updates

The Sixers waived Hasheem Thabeet on Monday, according to the RealGM transactions log, though the team has yet to formally announce the move. That means the club released him on the final day before his non-guaranteed $1.25MM salary for this coming season was to have become fully guaranteed, even though it initially appeared as though the Sixers missed that deadline. Hoops Rumors

Every so often, a visual technology comes along that leaves us speechless. The first color television, the groundbreaking special effects seen in George Lucas’ Star Wars, holographic Tupac Shakur… Experiences like these make us want to go out and tell everyone we know about what we just witnessed. This fall, the Sixers will unveil an exciting new in-arena addition that they hope will have the same effect. As part of a larger set of changes to the team’s game presentation this season, the Sixers will join the New Jersey Devils and Cleveland Cavaliers in becoming the first professional sports teams in the nation to adopt the cutting edge projection-mapping technology permanently. NBA.com

September 2, 2014 Updates
September 1, 2014 Updates

Australian forward Joe Ingles has received some interest from the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told Sportando. Ingles is currently playing in the FIBA World Cup with Australian NT. Brett Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, worked with Ingles during 2012 Olympic Games in London and he's a big fan of him. Ingles is a free-agent after spent the last season with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Sportando

Courtney Witte, the 76ers’ director of player personnel and a fixture in their scouting department for more than a decade, is leaving the Sixers to join the Los Angeles Clippers, two sources confirmed Sunday. Based on information provided by these two sources within the Sixers’ organization, it does not appear Witte was fired. Rather, he and general manager Sam Hinkie seem to have reached a mutual agreement to have Witte take a scouting position with another team. The rest of the Sixers’ scouting staff will remain intact, one source said. Philadelphia Inquirer

August 31, 2014 Updates

The news about Dario Saric playing after loosing six teeth after being hit during the game of Croatia against Argentina were somehow lost in translation. As the Croatian media reported earlier, Saric lost six artificial dental implants, because he had already lost his natural teeth and he is expected to be ready to play in the rest of the tournament, after visiting a local dentist in Seville. EuroHoops.net

Chris Anstey, the coach CTI Melbourne United, confirmed published reports that the Sixers have the right to call Jordan McRae back until January. McRae’s contract is for a year. The Sixers are looking for McRae to develop by getting extended minutes in Australia. Last season McRae averaged 18.5 points but despite his offensive numbers, he is known more for his defensive game. Philadelphia Inquirer

Jason Wolf: #Sixers source: Changes coming, "but nothing ridiculous like that." MT @howardeskin: sixers have fired Dir Player Personel & all scouts. Twitter

August 30, 2014 Updates

Emphasizing one's own agency to make decisions is a curious thing to say at a celebratory PR event, especially for a budding superstar. And while it's unclear to what or whom exactly Saric was referring, almost every article briefly notes that his €550,000 transfer fee was paid not by the club, but by a third party, Josip Klemm of Klemm Security, who is a visible presence with Saric and the club president at the podium. VICE

However, on April 1, 2014, it was reported that the Croatian state attorney was investigating the loan from Klemm to Cibona. Specifically, the investigation seemed to focus on a strange series of events in 2013 in which Cibona threw out the management of a longtime nightclub in Zagreb, claiming they didn't pay rent. Cibona put a new company in the space and posted Klemm Security out front during the "transition." It was suspected that the new company received discounted rent to somehow help repay Klemm for the Saric loan. When Saric then withdrew his name from the 2013 NBA Draft, it renewed speculation on who was actually behind his decision making. VICE

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SIXERS HISTORY

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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