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November 24, 2014 Updates

Furkan Aldemir announced on Facebook his decision to leave Galatasaray to join the Philadelphia 76ers. The big man is headed to the NBA to continue his career. "I would like to make a statement about the news concerning my conclusion. Playing in the NBA is one of my greatest dreams, just like all the basketball players. I had some positive conditions to realize this dream in last couple of days. We have considered those conditions with my family and my agent, and we have decided that an experience in USA will be much efficient for my personal career and development. But i just want everyone to know that; during my career in Galatasaray, i always fighted for my team, i made many sacrifices for those colours. Sometimes i played despite my injuries, as my teammates did as well. I just sweat for this club’s success. Sportando

Before long players may refuse to go the 76ers as they’re becoming the butt of jokes even among players. Last week, Eric Bledsoe started a debate when he said Kentucky would defeat the 76ers. Someone checked with Las Vegas oddmakers, who ventured the 76ers would be 11-point favorites. But that’s what happens when your plan is as egregious as the 76ers’ You get your players labeled losers and jokes, and those reputations become difficult to shed. I’ve heard GMs say they can’t afford to take 76ers players now the way they’re being tainted with defeat. NBA.com

Sixers fans are quick to point out that Philly has already drafted two big men in the last two drafts in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. But several NBA sources said Philly could easily trade one of their current bigs if they opt to draft Okafor at No. 1 (assuming they get the No. 1 pick). “They will probably trade one of the bigs they currently have instead of Okafor,” one NBA source said. ZagsBlog.com

November 23, 2014 Updates

If the Nets want to dump AK-47 on another team and save more than $10 million in luxury taxes, they'll have to give something up. It just may not be Karasev or a draft pick. And it may or may not be Philadelphia. The other possibility is that he is waived and signs either in the NBA or overseas. His wife said recently she'd like to see him finish his career with CSKA Moscow, where he started out We should know more early in the week. NetsDaily

An NBA scout told the New York Post's Fred Kerber the other day that the rebuilding Sixers “are pathetic. I have to keep their roster in front of me because I don’t know who the (heck) these guys are.” With seven undrafted players on the roster on a team that has suffered six double-digit setbacks in their last seven outings, winning is going to be difficult for the Sixers. And Brown knows it. “I didn't accept this job to pad my resume,” said Brown, a 12-year Spurs assistant, beforehand. The Intelligencer

November 22, 2014 Updates

According to a tweet from Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, the Brooklyn Nets have had preliminary talks with the Sixers about a trade involving Andrei Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev. The tweet also states that the Sixers would likely waive Kirilenko if such a deal were completed. The Sixers would likely require a future draft pick in addition to acquiring the Nets' pair of Russian-born players. It's unclear what the Sixers would send the Nets in return. CSNPhilly.com

Andrei Kirilenko will be without the Nets for the team’s two-game road trip, and most likely forever. Though the team cited “personal reasons” for Kirilenko’s absence, a team source confirmed to The Brooklyn Game that Kirilenko’s lack of minutes and boot from the rotation played a factor in him leaving the team indefinitely. When asked if Kirilenko had played his last game for the Nets, one high-ranking Nets source said, “If I were a betting man, I’d say probably.” The Brooklyn Game

"I have a lot of respect for NBA players," Bledsoe said. "I was joking around. Obviously I went to Kentucky and then they played good." Bledsoe told reporters after the game he was informed prior to tip off that the tough treatment was coming, according to the Associated Press. Noel received his flagrant foul 1 just 30 seconds into the game when he slapped down hard on Bledsoe as he defended a driving attempt in the paint. Noel's swinging left hand appeared to make significant contact with Bledsoe's arms, and Bledsoe went crashing to the court. The flagrant foul 1 designation applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary" and it does not require an immediate ejection. Sports Illustrated

November 21, 2014 Updates

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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