Sixers Ink Deal with StubHub for Jersey Advertisements

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The Philadelphia 76ers will wear an ad for StubHub on its jerseys. The team announced today the deal will begin in the 2017-18 NBA season.

“This marks another groundbreaking first for the Philadelphia 76ers and StubHub,” 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said in a release. “Our brands are now inextricably linked as we create lifelong memories for our fans in Philadelphia and around the world.” Our brands are now inextricably linked. Go StubHub Sixers! Read more »

2016 NBA Lottery: What Sixers Fans Need To Know

Results from the 2015 NBA draft | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Results from the 2015 NBA draft | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA lottery will take place Tuesday night, an event which has the chance to completely alter the trajectory of a franchise.

It’s the kind of event that can leave a team with either Blake Griffin or Hasheem Thabeet, with Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley. And, for as much as we like to be in control of our own destiny, it’s a night that turns rational executives into superstitious creatures, left to the whims of a ping pong ball machine to influence the next decade of team building.

What does it mean for the Sixers?

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Bryan Colangelo: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Concerns Going Forward

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

What can Sixers fans expect from Bryan Colangelo going forward?

“Bryan’s record and credentials and experience in the NBA building two franchises speak for themselves. He would have been anyone’s target.”

Joshua Harris, managing owner of the Philadelphia 76ers

That someone’s credentials speak for themselves and he would have been anyone’s target is a pretty lofty claim, especially for an executive who has been unemployed for the last three seasons.

That claim gets even more dubious when it is used to justify interviewing “not that many” candidates for their open president of basketball operations role, as Joshua Harris  admitted to.

Does Bryan Colangelo‘s track record really speak for itself? Was it strong enough for him to have been essentially handed the position of president of basketball operations without an exhaustive search? And what can 76ers fans expect from the new man in charge going forward?

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2016 NBA Draft Big Board: Version 1

The Sixers would likely decide between Ben Simmons (pictured) or Brandon Ingram if they win May 17th's lottery | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers would likely decide between Ben Simmons (pictured) or Brandon Ingram if they win May 17th’s lottery | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

With the NBA pre-draft combine coming up this week, and the lottery exactly one week away, NBA draft season is about to swing into high gear.

It’s a period of time the Sixers have a lot invested. Between their own pick — which, when you factor in the Kings pick swap, includes a 26.9 percent chance at the #1 pick and a 49.5 percent chance at a top-2 pick — the 44.2 percent chance they get an additional top-5 pick from the Lakers, along with the 24th and 26th overall pick from the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively, the Sixers could finally get some of that certainty they’ve been chasing over the past few years.

With draft season now in full swing, we’re going to gear up our coverage leading up to the NBA draft, and the release of my first official big board will kick that off.

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Reports: Sixers Add Marc Eversley, Ned Cohen To Front Office

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

Bryan Colangelo has reportedly made two additions to the Sixers’ front office. 

According to reports, the Sixers have made multiple additions to their basketball operations staff.

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the Sixers have hired Marc Eversley from the Washington Wizards, where Eversley was the vice president of player personnel. According to Zillgitt, Eversley will head up the Sixers player personnel department.

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Report: Sixers Associate Head Coach Mike D’Antoni Interviewed By Rockets

Mike D'Antoni's "Seven Seconds or Less" offensive system could help the struggling 76ers | Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers associate head coach Mike D’Antoni interviewed for the Rockets vacant head coaching job | Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Sixers associate head coach Mike D’Antoni interviewed for the Rockets vacant head coaching job.

J.B. Bickerstaff, who took over as interim coach when the Rockets fired Kevin McHale after a 4-7 start, has withdrawn his name from consideration to take over as the full time head coach.

The Rockets finished the season with a 41-41 record and lost in five games to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

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Sixers Mailbag #20: What To Do With the Miami And OKC Picks?

Saint Joseph's forward DeAndre Bembry could be an option for the Sixers with one of their two late first round draft picks | Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Saint Joseph’s forward DeAndre Bembry could be an option for the Sixers with one of their two late first round draft picks | Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

This week we continue our 76ers mailbag series, where we discuss some of the pressing topics around the team.

In the 20th edition of our Sixers mailbag we discuss what to do in June’s NBA draft, and specifically what to do with the Miami pick (24th) and the Oklahoma City pick (26th). We also get into the Kings trade, Sam Hinkie‘s legacy, Brett Brown‘s job security, and more.

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Dario Saric Would Fill A Need For Sixers

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 David Pick, International Hoops Insider for Bleacher Report, Dario Saric was telling his teammates that he intends to play for the Sixers next year.

The Sixers acquired Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 draft, in a draft day trade with the Orlando Magic where the Sixers swapped their 10th overall selection for Orlando’s 12th, which the Sixers used to select the Croatian forward. In addition to Saric, the Sixers received two more draft selections to allow Orlando to move up two spots: a 2015 second round draft pick from Orlando, and extinguished the future first round pick they previously owed the Magic thanks to the ill-fated Andrew Bynum trade.

Saric, who played for Cibona Zagreb in the Adriatic league during the 2013-14 season, signed a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes in the much tougher Turkish League just days before the draft, although the contract had an option built into it which would allow Saric to leave after two seasons. That contract situation caused Saric to fall in the draft.

While it makes some financial sense for Saric to play the final season of his contract with Efes and avoid the rookie-scale, which locks Saric into a set amount based on where he was drafted, Saric has been adamant that he would come over to the NBA at his earliest opportunity. The comments from Saric, in that context, is really just further validation of claims he’s frequently, and consistently, made.

What does Saric give the Sixers if he does, in fact, come over?

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Does Front Office Change Make A Major Trade Inevitable For The Sixers?

Both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will be out of the lineup when the Sixers take on the New York Knicks in preseason basketball tonight at Madison Square Garden | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Sixers move on from one of Noel or Okafor this offseason? | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The elephant in the room of the Sixers’ offseason has always been how the roster imbalance would be resolved.

Sam Hinkie stuck to a “best player available” strategy in the draft, a strategy that is almost universally accepted within the basketball community. But, like most aspects of Hinkie’s rebuilding plan, that theory was taken to extremes, leaving the Sixers with three talented big men in Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel, and no real certainty any of them can effectively play together.

The changes to the Sixers’ front office, which saw Sam Hinkie resign as general manager and president of basketball operations, with Bryan Colangelo stepping into the president role in his place, creates quite a bit of uncertainty as to how this imbalance will be resolved.

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Bryan Colangelo Doesn’t Expect Much Change In Front Office

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

When Bryan Colangelo was hired to be president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, the future of Sam Hinkie’s staff was brought into question.

Those questions were answered, somewhat, when Colangelo said he told ownership Brett Brown was his coach going forward.

“I told the ownership Brett Brown is the coach of this basketball team going forward. I left no question [to that],” Colangelo told CSN Philly’s Breakfast on Broad last week.

Colangelo went a step further yesterday, saying that he doesn’t anticipate a lot of changes to the front office.

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