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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

In June of this year, Cibona sold Saric to the wealthy Turkish club Anadou Efes for the price of €900,000, which presumably squared Cibona's account with Klemm. And with Saric already having appeared to make peace with his father, hiring a new agent, entering the 2014 NBA Draft, being drafted in the lottery, and laying out his plan to come to the NBA after two seasons with Efes, the move away from Cibona would appear to signal that all of the strange circumstances around him over the last two years are now completely in the past. It's something of a happy ending, and hopefully a new beginning that could start as soon as this weekend, when Saric leads Croatia into the FIBA World Cup. If the entire two-year history outlined above seems murky, that's because it is. The story has been well-covered in Croatia by talented journalists--some of whom specialize in investigating organized crime--so the fact that there are still so many questions is reason for concern. VICE

August 29, 2014 Updates

Young admits the last two seasons were difficult in Philadelphia, when the Sixers had a combined 53-111 record. "It was definitely tough and frustrating at times, but I've always made the best out of situations by just going out there and playing the game that I love so dearly," Young said. ". . . I still hold Philadelphia close to my heart. Those fans have been close to me ever since Day 1. They were the ones that actually picked my first jersey number in the NBA." Philadelphia Inquirer

August 28, 2014 Updates

On the progress of Michael Carter-Williams following his April shoulder surgery: "Things are coming along. I haven't seen the full report of late and haven't seen the most recent checkup. He can shoot and is working hard. He is not ready for full five-on-five contact." Philadelphia Inquirer

Sam Hinkie on whether Embiid may play this season: "I don't know at this point. Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests. He'll get a good baseline and then we'll put together a rehab plan. He's still in a boot. He was shooting threes on one leg in our gym [Monday]. I don't know how it will play out. We'll take an approach without knowing where the finish line is. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career. However long [rehab] takes will be however long it takes. In my experience with this injury, a very reasonable approach that our medical professionals take is to put these hurdles in place for them to rise above and then measure the symptoms and then let's see what happens in the days after. Is there tightness or soreness or swelling? Does the MRI or X-ray show something different? When we set that road map, no one knows [how long it will take]." Philadelphia Inquirer

August 27, 2014 Updates

While developing a popular presence on the internet isn’t necessarily one of the central steps to his recovery, you can still count Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie as one who has “I told him I want him to take over my Twitter account,” Hinkie said on a conference call with media members on Tuesday. “Maybe my followers will pick up. I think I’m at like 20 or so now.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“For a Twitter newbie I think he has found the line in a way that makes himself entertaining,” Hinkie continued, before admitting that he too had enjoyed Embiid’s tweets. “People have had lots of laughs, and you can count me included as one of them.” Hinkie did acknowledge the timing of the tweets however, and made mention of the fact that Embiid’s humor may not always fall favorably. “Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of February, or late in March, or in the middle of a road trip, and some of that humor doesn’t go over as well,” Hinkie said. Philadelphia Inquirer

The move allows the Thunder to get a $1.25 million traded exception, while the Sixers will receive money considerations from OKC. Thabeet's $1.25 million salary will count against the Sixers' cap only until they waive him, then it no longer will as the money is not guaranteed. Since no trade can be made for nothing, the Sixers gave up a second-round pick in next year's draft to OKC. The kick is that it is top 55 protected, meaning that unless the Sixers are one of the top five teams in the league, they'll hold on to the pick. 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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