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January 19, 2015 Updates

Sixers center Joel Embiid has denied that his weight has reached 300 pounds, as reported Sunday by The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't weigh that," Embiid said in passing at a D.C. hotel Sunday night with the Sixers in town to face the Wizards for a Martin Luther King Day matinee. CSNPhilly.com

A team source backed him up, stating that 275 pounds has been the maximum weight for the 7-footer whom the Sixers selected with the third overall pick in last year's draft. Embiid weighed 250 pounds while playing for Kansas last season, but while he's been recovering from a foot injury, his weight has been a concern. Head coach Brett Brown said earlier this month that it was being addressed. When Embiid was sent home from the team's West Coast trip a few weeks ago, Brown said it was so he could be part of a more "structured, stable environment." CSNPhilly.com

If the team is going to send their leading scorer out west, it would seem there is a serious issue. In any case, expect Wroten to be sidelined for quite some time. Don't be surprised if the next update on him measures his return as sometime after the All-Star break. Philadelphia Inquirer

January 18, 2015 Updates

The Sixers are trying to address the added weight. Embiid, however, hasn't always been a willing workout participant, according to sources. He's even blown off conditioning drills, one source added. Philadelphia Inquirer

"Obviously, you can see some of his immaturity [in] his tweets sometimes," Mbah a Moute said. "But you can also understand how mature he is in certain situations the way he handled himself. . . . He's a good kid, man. "At the end of the day, it's tough for him being in a situation where people can't really see who he is as a person." Philadelphia Inquirer

Derek Bodner: There were reports that Embiid was ~+50 lbs September. So the weight concern isn't new. He just needs to get it off. Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA

January 16, 2015 Updates
January 15, 2015 Updates

Chad Ford: I've heard a lot of rumblings from GMs that Carter-Williams is available. There are some in ownership and in the front office, though not all, that don't see him as a long-term piece of the puzzle. There was a lot of chatter that direction before the draft and in the past few weeks I know several teams have had exploratory discussions with the Sixers. I think the challenge right now is that the Sixers will want a lot in return and MCW's play, to date this season, hasn't warranted multiple first round picks for him. That makes him tough to deal. ESPN.com

January 14, 2015 Updates

Q: MCW. Some say it wouldn't be fair to judge considering his supporting cast, but he doesn't look good. In fact he looks awful. MCW doesn't seem like the type of player an analytic driven FO would consider long term. Will Hinkie try again to deal MCW? Chad Ford: I've heard a lot of rumblings from GMs that Carter-Williams is available. There are some in ownership and in the front office, though not all, that don't see him as a long-term piece of the puzzle. There was a lot of chatter that direction before the draft and in the past few weeks I know several teams have had exploratory discussions with the Sixers. I think the challenge right now is that the Sixers will want a lot in return and MCW's play, to date this season, hasn't warranted multiple first round picks for him. That makes him tough to deal. ESPN.com

"I root for the Sixers, but it's been hard the last 2 years," said Brand. "It definitely could have been different because we were so close. You see Boston breaking up, and we were younger than those guys. Miami breaking up, and we were younger than them. Indiana had a surge, but you see what's going on with them. I see the pieces around the league - Lou Williams getting 30 [for Toronto] or Andre Iguodala being the glue guy [in Golden State]. Even [Marreese] Speights is getting 20 off the bench [for Golden State]. [Nikola] Vucevic getting 30 [points] and 15 [rebounds] some nights [for Orlando]. "[The Sixers] are getting assets and those assets have to grow. They're stockpiling some young talent for sure and then this draft again. It is to be determined, so you'll see in a few years what happens from it." Philadelphia Inquirer

Jordan McRae is putting up some impressive numbers in Australia. McRae, the No. 58 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft whose rights the Sixers acquired from the Spurs, is averaging 20.9 points in 18 games for Melbourne United, making him one of only two players in the Australian National Basketball League averaging at least 20 ppg. Sixers coach Brett Brown used to coach that Australian team, so he’s keeping an especially close eye on the slender 6-foot-6 shooting guard. “We are always paying attention to Jordan,” Brown said prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center. “He’s in a good situation. He’s playing a lot of minutes and continuing to score. Jordan is always in the back of our minds.” 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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