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October 17, 2014 Updates

For Saric to be able to play for the Sixers before he fulfills two of the three seasons of his contract, all three parties involved - Anadolu Efes, Saric and the Sixers - would have to come to an agreement. Anadolu Efes paid a lot of money for the 6-10 forward's services, "so just letting him go isn't probable," according to a source. After two seasons, if Saric wants out and the Sixers agree to help with the buyout, then Anadolu Efes really is no longer in play, so only two of the three parties need to be on board. "He is still a very young player in a league that is a lot older, older than the NBA," the source said. "It isn't uncommon that he sat. He could play the next few games and be one of the best players on the team, and all will be well again." Philadelphia Inquirer

Dubbed the “Rhino,” Smith is on a mission to resurrect his career and has no problem bullying whoever gets in his path. He was a force for Nes-Ziona earlier this week, tallying 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the floor, in addition to drawing eight fouls and grabbing six boards against reigning European champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv. “I still have NBA aspirations and know I can play at a high level,” Smith said. “Whether it be the NBA or in Israel, I’m always out to prove myself.” Basketball Insiders

The family suffered a major loss yesterday and it had nothing to do with basketball. Arthur Embiid, the younger brother of Sixers rookie center Joel Embiid, died yesterday in Africa. There were no details of how he died, from the Sixers or elsewhere Joel Embiid is from Cameroon and the family still lives there. Brown, general manager Sam Hinkie and teammate Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, also from Cameroon and a mentor to the rookie out of Kansas, skipped last night's preseason game against the Boston Celtics to be with the 20-year-old. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 16, 2014 Updates

Joel Embiid learned the terrible news after attending the 76ers' morning shootaround. The Sixers announced to the media that Embiid's younger brother Arthur died Thursday in Africa. No additional information was immediately available. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, coach Brett Brown and teammate Luc Mbah a Moute, a fellow Camaroon native who has been Embiid's mentor, missed Thursday night's preseason game against the Celtics to be with Embiid in Philadelphia. “We're all a family here,” said Sixers assistant Chad Iske, who coached the team in Brown's absence. “Obviously, everybody's thinking about Joel at this time. You feel for him so much.” The Intelligencer

The biggest obstacle for Saric coming to the NBA before the end of his two-year contract with Anadolu Efes remains financial. When Saric signed with the team prior to the NBA Draft, he signed on for two seasons. A source familiar with the contract told NJ Advance Media that there is absolutely no buyout clause in the contract whatsoever. The only way Saric could get out of the contract before the start of the 2016 NBA season would be if his team let him out. Newark Star-Ledger

Although the contract Saric signed is very black-and-white, one very big wild card in the whole situation is his father, Pedrag. The elder Saric has reached his boiling point with Anadolu Efes, a source told NJ Advance Media, and could force his way out of the contract. As he was quoted in a Croatian newspaper, Pedrag is not happy that his son has been inactive the first two games. It was Pedrag who insisted Saric sign on overseas instead of going to the NBA. Newark Star-Ledger

When it comes to roster cuts, the Sixers plan to keep the best 15 players regardless of position. "I'm not out to construct an incredibly well-balanced team," Brown said. "If we've got to tilt because we've got a bunch of interesting wings, then that's the way we will go. . . . This team is going to be fluid, as we all know." Philadelphia Inquirer

October 15, 2014 Updates
October 14, 2014 Updates

Philly will sniff out Michael Carter-Williams deals. They tried hard during the draft, but they couldn’t draw the trove they envisioned or guarantee that the player they wanted with an acquired pick would be there, per several league sources. Expect Philly to repeat the exercise. It’s not a shot at Carter-Williams, or even a signal that the Sixers are dying to trade him. He may well end up a long-term cog in Philly. The team knows point guard is the most replaceable position in the league today, and it will seek out any deal that adds to its stockpile of high-value draft picks. Grantland

Carter-Williams said Monday that his original diagnosis was that he’d miss six to nine months, which seems to mean the injury was more serious than typical labrum surgery and/or he’s recovering slower than expected. “I’m plenty ahead of schedule,” Carter-Williams said after Monday afternoon’s practice. The Intelligencer

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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