48 Years Ago, the Sixers Traded Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers

Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers gets champagne poured on him on April 12, 1967, in the 76ers dressing room after Philadelphia defeated the Boston Celtics 140-116 to win the Eastern Division NBA championship. Surrounding Chamberlain are from the left are Bob Weiss, Matt Guokas, Wally Jones and Dave Gambee. AP Photo

Wilt Chamberlain gets champagne poured on him on April 12, 1967, after Philadelphia defeated the Boston Celtics 140-116 to win the Eastern Division NBA championship. Surrounding Chamberlain are from the left are Bob Weiss, Matt Guokas, Wally Jones and Dave Gambee. AP Photo

Forty-eight years ago tomorrow, the Philadelphia 76ers traded their then-32-year-old center, seven-foot-one-inch Wilt Chamberlain, to the Los Angeles Lakers. The pride of Overbrook High, who’d won one NBA title with the Sixers (in 1967), would go on to the finals with the Lakers four times and win the title in 1972. Who’d we get in return for him? Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark and Darrall Imhoff. Uh-huh. To mark the occasion, here are a few of the highlights of Wilt the Stilt’s illustrious life.  Read more »

Jerryd Bayless Fits in Well with Ben Simmons and the 76ers

Jerryd Bayless' fit with Ben Simmons should allow him to be effective in his role | Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Jerryd Bayless’ fit with Ben Simmons should allow him to be effective in his role | Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, the Philadelphia 76ers and free agent combo guard Jerryd Bayless have come to terms on a three-year, $27 million contract.

The contract cannot become official until the league-wide moratorium is lifted on July 7th.

The move was a relatively small splash for a team expected to be active in free agency, although with anywhere from $42 million to $60 million in cap space still remaining (depending on non-guaranteed contracts and cap holds), the Sixers are not necessarily finished in free agency.

Who is Jerryd Bayless? Does his signing help the Sixers? Is his contract fair?

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Ben Simmons Signs Rookie Contract with 76ers

Ben Simmons has signed his rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons has signed his rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons has signed his rookie contract, the Australian forward announced today on twitter.

While NBA rookies do not need to have signed their contract prior to participating in summer league action, it seems as if Simmons and his agent, Rich Paul, may not have been willing to play until the contract was finalized. As Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier today, Simmons was not yet in Utah when the Sixers began practicing in preparation for the summer league earlier this afternoon.

With the contract now finalized, that should clear the way for Simmons’ participation in both the Utah Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer league.

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Ben Simmons Headlines Sixers Summer League Roster

Ben Simmons | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons will play for the Sixers in summer league competition | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers released the roster that will compete in the Utah Jazz and Samsung (Las Vegas) NBA Summer Leagues, which does include #1 overall pick Ben Simmons.

Simmons created a little bit of concern over whether or not he would compete in summer league play during his introductory press conference last week when he directed inquiries about his participation to his agent.

Simmons headlines a group that includes second year players T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes, and Christian Wood. It also includes fellow 2016 draft pick Timothe Luwawu, as well as undrafted free agents such as Alex Caruso (Texas A&M), James Web III (Boise State), and Maodo Lo (Columbia).

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Report: Dario Saric Says He Will Sign with the Sixers this Summer

Dario Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, insists that he will join the Sixers next summer | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dario Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, insists that he will join the Sixers next summer | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Slobodna Dalmacija, a Croatian newspaper, Dario Saric has informed reporters that he will join the Sixers this summer once the Olympic qualifying tournaments are complete.

Saric is currently in Croatia training for the Olympic qualifying tournament, which will be held from July 4th through July 9th.

Saric has one more year remaining on his contract with Anadolu Efes in Turkey, but he has a buyout which could allow him to get out of that contract and come over to the NBA this summer.

While there are financial incentives for Saric to wait one more year and avoid the NBA’s rookie scale, Saric has been steadfast in his insistence he will come over at the first possible opportunity, which happens to be this summer. Today’s comments are perhaps the most definitive yet from the Croatian forward.

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Sixers to Pick Up Team Option for Hollis Thompson

The Sixers will pick up the team option for 2016-17 on Hollis Thompson's contract, according to multiple sources | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will pick up the team option for 2016-17 on Hollis Thompson’s contract, according to multiple sources | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will pick up Hollis Thompson‘s option for the 2016-17 season, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

The option, which has to be decided upon by the end of business day today, is the final year of the four-year contract Thompson signed prior to the 2013-14 season and could pay him just over $1 million for the upcoming year.

Thompson averaged 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 28 minutes per game last season, shooting 38 percent from three-point range in the process. Thompson has connected on 39.1 percent of the 846 three-point shots he’s taken during his three-year NBA career, a skill the Sixers will need when looking to build a half court offense around Ben Simmons.

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Getting to Know Timothe Luwawu and Furkan Korkmaz

Timothe Luwawu was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 24th pick in Thursday's NBA draft | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Timothe Luwawu was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 24th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The selection of Ben Simmons with the 1st overall pick, a mere formality after a month of speculation, was the primary focus for Sixers fans after Thursday night’s NBA draft, and deservedly so. Simmons has the potential to develop into a franchise player, to make the Sixers truly relevant after a decade of being little more than an afterthought.

In addition to Simmons the Philadelphia 76ers added two more international prospects to their extended family, selecting French wing Timothe Luwawu with the 24th pick and Turkish shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz with the 26th selection in the draft.

The selections of Luwawu and Korkmaz were surprising for a number of reasons, not the least of which were because few, if any, analysts expected either to be available where the Sixers were drafting. It was also a surprise that president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo elected to keep both picks. After spending weeks talking about how difficult it would be to keep both picks and develop as many young guys as the Sixers currently have on their roster, Colangelo recognized two talented players were falling and adjusted his course, despite the fact that both players have a desire to come stateside and play in the NBA, according to sources.

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Sixers Select Ben Simmons With First Overall Pick

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The Philadelphia 76ers made official what has long been expected: Ben Simmons is the first overall selection in the 2016 NBA draft.

Simmons has long been rumored to be the guy the Sixers were targeting after the team won May 17th’s NBA lottery. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.0 steals per game during his only season at LSU.

“I’m happy to be part of the family now. It’s a weight off my chest,” said Simmons after a selection that had become a foregone conclusion. “I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while, so I’m glad I’ve made history, not only for myself but my family and Australian basketball.”

Simmons grew up in Newcastle, Australia, before coming to the United States in 2013 to attend Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, the same school Joel Embiid attended. Simmons has another connection to the Sixers in head coach Brett Brown, who coached Simmons’ father, Dave, while in Australia.

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Report: Sixers Intensify Efforts to Acquire 3rd Pick, Nerlens Noel Could Be Moved

The Sixers are reportedly intensifying their efforts to acquire the 3rd overall pick from the Boston Celtics, and could select Providence point guard Kris Dunn if they are successful | Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers are reportedly intensifying their efforts to acquire the 3rd overall pick from the Boston Celtics, and could select Providence point guard Kris Dunn if they are successful | Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Philadelphia 76ers are the most active team involved in trade discussions, while adding that the Sixers are ramping up their efforts to acquire the third overall pick from Boston.

According to Stein, a trade involving Nerlens Noel is becoming more and more likely. Stein also adds that if the Sixers do acquire the 3rd overall pick, they would be selecting between Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, or Jamal Murray.

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2016 NBA Draft Big Board: What Should the Sixers do with the #1 Pick?

LSU's Ben Simmons.

LSU’s Ben Simmons.

This is it. This is the moment Sixers fans have been waiting three years for, the day they get to unwrap their new franchise player.

As we head into the draft, the drama at the top is gone. Ben Simmons is almost guaranteed to be a Philadelphia 76er later tonight.

Yet there’s still a considerable amount of interest for Sixers fans beyond that point, not only because the Sixers have the 24th and 26th picks (for now) in the draft as well, but because Bryan Colangelo is actively looking to acquire another top-8 pick. Who could, and should, he be targeting with a second high draft pick? My rankings on that are below.

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