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July 20, 2014 Updates

Hinkie will generally explain his reasoning after the fact, but steadfastly refuses to tip his hand. The hiding, the silence, it's strategic, of course. "I've been careful, too careful maybe, about trying to not keep the spotlight on me," Hinkie said recently, declining to discuss his upbringing in depth. He doesn't believe his candor would help the 76ers, and he sees little value in rehashing the "Opie Taylor" stories of his youth. "It's not the kind of thing I'm focused on," he said. "I don't have anything to hide, but prefer to shine the spotlight on others." USA Today Sports

July 18, 2014 Updates

Nerlens Noel played for the 76ers last night against the Chicago Bulls in the Las Vegas Summer League, but again pulled up lame in the middle of the game. After twice rolling his left ankle in previous games, Noel appeared to tweak his right hamstring last night during the Sixers’79-68 loss to the Bulls. They are 2-3 in Las Vegas. The team said that he went back to the locker room for an ankle retape, but it sure appeared as if he was grabbing his right hamstring and was getting it massaged by a trainer right in front of reporters. No matter, he did return to the game. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Poor Joel Embiid. He tried so hard to get LeBron James to come to Philadelphia, but it looks like his recruiting tactics have failed. If you recall, Embiid, who was selected third overall by the 76ers in this year’s NBA Draft, took to Twitter soon after LeBron became a free agent to try and persuade him to come to Philly. Friday Embiid is coping with LeBron’s decision to return home to Cleveland. For The Win

The Knicks had a conversation with Philadelphia about two weeks ago regarding Amar'e Stoudemire, league sources said, but those talks never gained any traction. The Sixers and Jazz are among the teams with enough salary cap space to absorb a massive contract in return for promising players or draft picks, but Stoudemire's history of knee trouble makes his $23.4 million expiring contract especially risky. CBSSports.com

July 10, 2014 Updates

In a potential cap-clearing move to make room for Chris Bosh, the Rockets have a deal in place to send Jeremy Lin to the Sixers, according to league sources. The deal hinges on whether LeBron James goes to Cleveland. If he returns to the Cavs, then Bosh is almost guaranteed to also leave Miami and head to Houston. To give Bosh a four-year, $88 million deal, the Rockets have to create cap space and can do that by trading Lin, the ex-Knick who will make almost $15 million next season. New York Daily News

According to LibertyBallers.com, the Rockets and Sixers have agreed in principle on a trade that would send point guard Jeremy Lin and a first-round pick to Philadelphia to create cap space for Houston to add a maximum-contract player such as Bosh. Multiple reports earlier in the week said the Rockets have offered Bosh a max contract in the event they could trade Lin, who is owed $15 million next season with $8.4 million of that counting against the cap. However, an NBA source said the Sixers "remain an option [for Houston], but their cap space may prove too expensive." The source also said they believe the Rockets have other options when it comes to moving Lin. CSNPhilly.com

It has been just over 2 months since rookie of the year point guard Michael Carter-Williams had surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder. The recovery, he said yesterday at Amway Center before watching the 76ers take on the Brooklyn Nets, is ahead of schedule and he is certain it won't hinder his progression moving forward. "I'm good and I'm still ahead of progress," said Carter-Williams, sporting a new high-and-tight haircut. "I've been shooting the ball and I have full range of motion in my shot back, so I've just kept working out and do what the doctor has told me to do to get back to 100 percent. Philadelphia Inquirer

He said some teams are only a few pieces away sometimes. "They're on the right track, but they are two big pieces away or three to four nice pieces away," O'Neal said. "For us in Orlando, we had three big pieces in 3 years: me first, Penny [Hardaway] the second year and then Horace Grant the third. That would be similar to what Miami did when they had Dwyane Wade, having a big three. In Philly, you have [Nerlens Noel], who's going to do great on defense; the young guard Michael Carter-Williams, he's playing well. Now you need one or two more role-playing pieces, so you can start to build like [the Oklahoma City Thunder] did." Philadelphia Inquirer

July 9, 2014 Updates

The good news, Carter-Williams said, is that doctors tell him he's "ahead of schedule" with his rehabilitation. He just doesn't know when that schedule will allow him to be on the court playing at full speed. He is rehabbing three times a week, as well as on his own. He said he will also be with the Sixers' summer league team in Las Vegas beginning on Friday, but he will only participate in workouts, as he's not yet allowed to do anything strenuous. Philadelphia Inquirer

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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