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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

When asked if there is concern to reach the NBA salary floor, Hinkie said: "At this point, that is not something that is a concern for us." The salary cap will be a little over $63 million this season. The minimum team salary, which is 90 percent of the cap, is just under $57 million. The Sixers are currently around $24 million, but that doesn't include any of the rookie salaries. Philadelphia Inquirer

August 26, 2014 Updates

Joel Embiid: Officially signed my NBA contract today... I'm BLESSED!!!! The American Dream "Coming to America" http://t.co/SYa5i4uAUc Twitter @JoelEmbiid

Salary cap expert Larry Coon, whose Q&A website offers a thorough explanation for the complicated collective bargaining agreement, says that if the Sixers can’t (and they probably won’t) spend another $32.6 million on players by the time the season ends, that money will be handed over to the the National Basketball Players Association for distribution. Who gets it? Anyone who played for the 76ers. Coon explains: The shortfall is based on the team salary as of the team’s last regular season game, but the distribution comes after the league’s audit in July The union informs the league of its proposed distribution within 30 days after the audit, and the team has 10 days after receiving the proposal to distribute the money. There is no set rule for how the money is distributed – the CBA just says “…pro rata or in accordance with such other formula as may be reasonably determined by the Players Association.” For The Win

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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