Posted by: Lance Epstein
07/02/10 7:29 am EST

No Lebron?  No Wade? Not Even Amare or Bosh?  Unlike Eastern Conference foes Miami, Chicago and the New York Knicks, our Philadelphia 76ers do not have the luxury of cap space [$64.3 million owed; which is currently over the projected $56.1 million luxury tax cap].

So instead of acquiring a big name free agent, the Sixers must utilize the mid-level exception to help bolster a frontcourt that is in desperate need of a rebounding and shot-blocking presence.

Just a couple of days before the 2010 NBA Draft, general manager Ed Stefanski pulled the trigger on a deal that sent starting center Samuel Dalmbert to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for small forward Andres Nocioni and 7-foot-1 center Spencer Hawes.  Most fans were giddy about trading the whining, under performing center because of deficiencies on the offensive end and his general demeanor about being a 76er.  However the trade punched a big whole in the Sixers frontcourt.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/23/09 4:51 pm EST

iguodalamohawkWhile Ed Stefanski searches the Las Vegas desert for players to fill out the Sixers roster, the rumor mill is alive with moves the Sixres may or may not be considering.

Most of the rumors involve who will play point guard for the Sixers in 2009-10 or at least who will back up Louis Williams.  One name we are not hearing that we’d like to see given some attention is former UConn star and current NBA disappointment Marcus Williams who just got finished tearing up the NBA Summer League.  Also we are not hearing Ramon Sessions name connected with rumors surrounding the Sixers and that’s very disappointing as well.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/21/09 10:09 am EST

rushIWhen it comes to the 2008-09 Philadelphia 76ers, one of the biggest mysteries for us here at Philadunkia is NOT the head coaching change or the stubborn commitment to play Andre Iguodala at the 2-spot or the enigma that is Samuel Dalembert.

 No for us one of the biggest eyebrow raisers from the Sixers last season is the Kareem Rush saga.  And by “saga” what we bluntly mean to say is, “What the hell happened with Kareem Rush last season?”

 Well, Philadunkia contributor James Kaikis caught up with Rush at the NBA Summer League out in Las Vegas and here’s what Rush had to say on the topic.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/15/09 12:28 pm EST

dionte_christmas(1)Since the 76ers only have 10 players under contract and they usually carry 14 players, Ed Stefanski admitted that he is in the market for “a guard, a swingman, and two bigs” .  Now we don’t know whether Stefanski classifies the 2-spot as a swingman or a guard, but we’ll assume that either way he realizes we need to find someone to compete with Jason Kapono and Willie Green for the starting shooting guard spot.

The pool of available veteran free agent shooting guards has dwindled to the point that names like Eddie House, Juan Dixon, Devean George and Quinton Richardson are the headliners.  Now we realize that both Von Wafer (HOU) and Ronald “Flip” Murray (ATL) are two more attractive names that are also out there, but our sources tell us they are unlikely to leave the teams the ran with last season, thus we removed them from the conversation. So it looks as though bringing in a veteran NBA 2-guard here to Philadelphia for next year is not going to happen.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/10/09 11:43 pm EST

speightssummerleague2The Sixers/Nets dropped to 0-5 in the OPSL as the Boston Celtics picked up the victory, 92-79, behind strong play from Nick Fazekas.

There were significantly less people at Friday’s contest compared to the rest of the week; not only onlookers, but players too.

With only seven players dressed for the “Scrapple” (see yesterday’s recap in case you missed the name change) and eight available for the Celtics, all the players still here in Florida got plenty of playing time.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/10/09 12:34 pm EST

rip_hamiltonIn the wake of General manger Ed Stefanski’s rather transparent quotes regarding the status of contract negotiations with Andre Miller’s agent, it’s almost a lock that Andre Miller will NOT be in a Sixers uniform next year. In the short term, that will definitely hurt the Sixers as Miller is a hell of a floor general who frequently carried the Sixers offensively last season. However, what is the value of an extremely skilled point man who turns 33 years old next season and is also a defensive liability to a middle of the pack NBA franchise? Well that’s a subject that can be debated all day and should be left for another post.

What isn’t debatable is that with Miller’s apparent departure, the Sixers backcourt is now a scary mess. On paper right now Eddie Jordan’s backcourt rotation will include unproven combo-guard Louis Williams, rookie Jrue Holiday, specialist Jason Kapono and Willie Green who is labeled as a shooting guard, but that is also up for debate as well. If you listen to Stefanski, a TBD wily veteran will be added at a later date this summer (Anyone want to bet it’s Kevin Ollie?).  That backcourt scenario should give Jordan nightmares. We know it keeps us here at Philadunkia up at night. 

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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/09/09 6:05 pm EST

jholidaysummerleague2Once again, the Sixers/Nets fell into an early hole, and couldn’t climb out, as they fell behind the Thunder by as many as 16 in the first half before falling to an OPSL worst 0-4 with an 83-62 loss.

The Philadelphia/New Jersey team, or as the Magic broadcasters called them, “The Scrapple,” had 18 fouls in the first gaffe, including four on Jrue Holiday and three each on Terrence Williams, Jason Ellis and Marreese Speights to go along with 12 turnovers.

B. J. Mullens on the other hand had a great half, going 6-9 from the floor, adding 6 points in the second half to finish with 18.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/08/09 11:03 pm EST

speightssummerleague1Despite 18 points from former Temple star Dionte Christmas, the 76ers and Nets combination team fell to 0-3 Wednesday night at the Orlando Pro Summer League after losing to the host Orlando Magic 108-86. The 108 points the Magic put up is an OPSL scoring record.


When talking about the lopsided loss and the giving up the OPSL scoring record the 76ers Marreese Speights commented, “We’re getting good work in. All we can do is come out tomorrow and get a win.”  


A win sure would help to ease the painful memory of this embarrassing debacle.


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Posted by: Philadunkia
07/07/09 10:50 am EST

jholidaysummerleagueWe’re recovering from a long weekend so it’s slow going here at the Philadunkia headquarters. So while we recover, we’re going to supply you with a nice link dump to catch you up on all the 76ers news that went down over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

But before we get to that, we wanted to let you know that starting today Philadunkia will be down in Orlando covering the 76ers / Nets squad in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Expect game recaps, interviews and a few features.

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