76ers counting on free agents, draft picks for better future
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers are ready to dump Philadelphia for the promise of a fresh start practicing in New Jersey. But who comes along for the ride? The Sixers have pointed to the fall opening of their state-of-the art 120,000-square foot training headquarters in Camden as the rebirth of the distressed franchise. Team officials tout the hydrotherapy room, two regulation-size courts and a private players restaurant among the goodies that will keep their stars happy and entice free agents to sign. Selling players on t
TORONTO (AP) Toronto coach Dwane Casey probably could be forgiven for a bit of scoreboard watching Tuesday night. Though the Raptors' 12th straight win over the Philadelphia 76ers, 122-98, did not affect their Eastern Conference playoff standings, a couple other games did. The Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons fell to the Miami Heat. That meant the Pacers secured the seventh seed and will face the Raptors in the first round starting this weekend. Casey, who had refused to talk about who his te
Analysis: Grant emerged as one of Philadelphia's most dependable offensive assets last season. His shortened summer league appearance likely indicates that Philadelphia knows he has little to prove at that level. Grant is one year removed from averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest with the 76ers. Last season, Philadelphia possessed 10 players who each netted eight or more points per game. When you factor Ben Simmons into that equation it generates the notion that something has to give. Grant has proven he can succeed at the professional level, but with a clustered rotation only time will tell if his production takes a backseat.
Analysis: Okafor was cleared last week to resume basketball-related activities, but since he has yet to participate in 5-on-5 drills, it appears the big man will act cautiously and hold himself out of full-contact work. He'll use the week in Las Vegas to work on his conditioning while learning more about the game alongside some of the world's top players. Look for Okafor to be a full participant for the 76ers when training camp opens in the fall.