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January 21, 2015 Updates

Nerlens Noel believes the ball should move when the 76ers are on offense. “There should be a minimum five passes in a possession,” said Noel after Tuesday's two-hour practice. “There's not rhythm when (the ball) sticks. If a guy's open 10 out of 10 times, you've got to give it to him 10 out of 10 times.” The Intelligencer

The word on leading scorer Tony Wroten seems much worse. Wroten was to fly to California today to see a specialist about his ailing right knee. He tore the ACL in that knee in high school and had arthroscopic surgery on it before his only season at the University of Washington. He has had it drained at least once this season. "We need more people in the mix helping us to form a decision that is ultimately what is best for him," Brown said. "Everybody understands how we treat our players. He's no different. We need more information to deliver something to the media, and to Tony, that he can follow through with. Obviously, we're concerned. We wouldn't do this type of measure if it wasn't something that was worrisome to us. But there's another layer left and that's it." Philadelphia Inquirer

January 20, 2015 Updates

76ers backup point guard Tony Wroten will fly to California Wednesday morning to see a specialist about his sprained right knee. “We need more people in the mix, helping us form a decision that’s ultimately what’s best for him,” coach Brett Brown said following Tuesday’s practice. “Everybody understands how we treat our players and we should, and he’s no different. We need more information to deliver something to the media and to Tony, you know, that he can follow through with.” Philadelphia Inquirer

A few NBA teams have placed interest in Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington, but the 24-year-old sharpshooter has been made largely unavailable from trade inquiries as a core part of the franchise’s long-term plans, league sources told RealGM. Since signing a contract with the 76ers on Nov. 15, Covington has arguably been the team’s most consistently productive player, with a skill set that’s able to translate throughout the league’s 30 teams. RealGM

The league needed 23 teams to vote for lottery reform, but only got 17. Now that we're halfway through the regular season, we have a pretty good idea which teams the reform refusal will affect in May when ping pong balls determine the 2015 NBA Draft order. And as it turns out, this season the only team that voted against reform and will benefit from its failure is ... the Sixers! SB Nation

January 19, 2015 Updates

Sixers center Joel Embiid has denied that his weight has reached 300 pounds, as reported Sunday by The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't weigh that," Embiid said in passing at a D.C. hotel Sunday night with the Sixers in town to face the Wizards for a Martin Luther King Day matinee. CSNPhilly.com

A team source backed him up, stating that 275 pounds has been the maximum weight for the 7-footer whom the Sixers selected with the third overall pick in last year's draft. Embiid weighed 250 pounds while playing for Kansas last season, but while he's been recovering from a foot injury, his weight has been a concern. Head coach Brett Brown said earlier this month that it was being addressed. When Embiid was sent home from the team's West Coast trip a few weeks ago, Brown said it was so he could be part of a more "structured, stable environment." CSNPhilly.com

If the team is going to send their leading scorer out west, it would seem there is a serious issue. In any case, expect Wroten to be sidelined for quite some time. Don't be surprised if the next update on him measures his return as sometime after the All-Star break. Philadelphia Inquirer

January 18, 2015 Updates

The Sixers are trying to address the added weight. Embiid, however, hasn't always been a willing workout participant, according to sources. He's even blown off conditioning drills, one source added. Philadelphia Inquirer

"Obviously, you can see some of his immaturity [in] his tweets sometimes," Mbah a Moute said. "But you can also understand how mature he is in certain situations the way he handled himself. . . . He's a good kid, man. "At the end of the day, it's tough for him being in a situation where people can't really see who he is as a person." Philadelphia Inquirer

Derek Bodner: There were reports that Embiid was ~+50 lbs September. So the weight concern isn't new. He just needs to get it off. Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA


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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