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News » Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-08-29


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-08-29


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-08-29
DRAFT PICK:

Marreese Speights, F, 6-10, Florida. While the Sixers liked the way Speights played in the NBA Summer League, he needs to get stronger and improve his conditioning and is likely to be the 11th or 12th man.

BIGGEST NEEDS:

The Sixers landed the power forward they craved in unrestricted free agent Elton Brand, thanks to a five-year, $83-million contract. That took care of their weakest position with Brand, a career 20-point, 10-rebound guy. The team added a backup point guard in Royal Ivey, a decent outside shooter in Kareem Rush and a backup big man in Theo Ratliff--all to veterans' minimum contracts. All that's left is a few non-guaranteed players to round out the roster for the Sept. 30 start of camp.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: G Kevin Ollie, F Shavlik Randolph, F Louis Amundson and F/C Herbert Hill are unrestricted free agents who the Sixers renounced. C Calvin Booth was traded to the Timberwolves to clear cap space after picking up a $1.14 million player option. G Louis Williams signed a five-year deal worth roughly $25 million to remain a Sixer. F/G Andre Iguodala agreed to a six-year, $80-million deal. Theo Ratliff signed a one-year deal for the 10-year minimum of $1.26 million to back up Samuel Dalembert at center.

PLAYER NOTES:

--PF Jason Smith tore his left ACL during a basketball drill and is expected to miss the season. Smith, a second-year pro, would have been the Sixers' backup center. The Sixers may not have signed Theo Ratliff if Smith didn't get hurt.

--F/G Andre Iguodala turned down the team's five-year, $57-million offer last October and that actually benefited the Sixers, even though he just agreed to a significantly bigger deal. Had Iguodala signed the $57 million contract, the Sixers wouldn't have had enough money to land Brand with a five-year, $82.9 million deal. "We would've had to make a lot more moves to get that cap space for Elton," said team president Ed Stefanski. "It would have been a lot more difficult. So thank you, Andre. Elton, thank you also."

--G Andre Miller would've received a phone call from Stefanski about a possible contract extension except he doesn't have an agent. Miller is no longer represented by Lon Babby. Stefanski had hoped to discuss a possible extension?-probably for one or two years-?that would kick in after Miller makes $10 million this season, but not having an agent complicates matters.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: August 29, 2008

 

 
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