Atlantic Notes: Embiid, Nurse, Pritchard, Robinson
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by Arthur Hill
17h ago
The Sixers avoided a potential disaster Friday night on their way to a seventh straight win, writes Tim Bontemps of ESPN. Joel Embiid, playing for the fifth time since returning from meniscus surgery, was limping and grabbing his knee after making a shot late in the second quarter. He walked to the locker room to have it examined and was able to return for the start of the second half. “They assessed him at halftime and there was no swelling, no damage, none of that kind of stuff,” coach Nick Nurse told reporters after the game (video link). “… They said he should be OK to try it, and he wante ..read more
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Sixers Sign Ricky Council IV To Four-Year Contract
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by Tristan Tucker
1d ago
12:32pm: Council’s promotion to the Sixers’ 15-man roster is official, the team announced today in a press release. His four-year deal will be non-guaranteed after this season and will feature a team option for 2026/27, reports Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (Twitter link). 11:47am: The Sixers are signing two-way wing Ricky Council IV to a new four-year, $7.4MM standard contract, adding about $864K in new money for this season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania (Twitter link). The Sixers have an open roster spot, so no corresponding move is necessary to promote Council. Council went undr ..read more
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Atlantic Notes: Embiid, Sixers, Holiday, Celtics, Raptors
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by Luke Adams
2d ago
While some star players may play reduced roles in the final days of the regular season to ensure they’re fresh for the postseason, Sixers center Joel Embiid is looking to go in the opposite direction. After logging nearly 36 minutes on Tuesday in his fourth game back following a knee procedure, Embiid suggested he’d welcome a big workload again on Friday and Sunday, per Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription required). “Playing as many minutes as possible,” Embiid said when asked what he needs to do to get ready for the playoffs. “.. The next one, I hope the game’s not close ..read more
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Injury Notes: Ingram, Giannis, Green, Robinson, Melton
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by Luke Adams
2d ago
Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram, who has been sidelined since March 21 due to a left knee bone contusion, is expected to return to action on Sunday vs. the Lakers, TNT’s Chris Haynes said on Thursday night’s broadcast (Twitter video link via Pelicans Film Room). Ingram’s impending return will give him an opportunity to get acclimated back into the Pelicans’ lineup ahead of the postseason. He’ll also get the chance to try to help New Orleans clinch a playoff berth — the team currently has a one-game lead on Phoenix for the No. 6 seed in the West. Since the Suns hold the tiebreaker, the Pelicans ..read more
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Sixers' Oubre Has Significantly Outperformed Minimum Deal
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by Luke Adams
4d ago
Kelly Oubre has significantly outplayed the one-year, minimum-salary deal he signed with the Sixers last summer and put himself in line for a raise in free agency, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription required). After averaging over 20 points per game in Charlotte last season, Oubre has been more of a two-way force this season, Pompey writes, making more of an impact defensively while still being a threat on offense. “Kelly has been phenomenal the last two months since I’ve been here,” teammate Kyle Lowry said. “He’s been phenomenal shooting the ball, driving t ..read more
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Final Check-In On Open NBA Roster Spots
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by Luke Adams
5d ago
With just six days left in the NBA’s regular season, there are still a few teams around the league with open 15-man roster spots, and there’s little downside to filling those openings before the regular season ends. For playoff teams, adding one more player would create a little extra depth in the event of postseason injuries or garbage-time minutes. For non-playoff teams, it makes sense to try to convince a young player to accept a multiyear deal that includes little or no guaranteed money beyond this season, since it gives those teams another option for next year’s roster. Even clubs over th ..read more
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Atlantic Notes: Dowtin, Queta, Melton, Poeltl, Barnes, Rajakovic
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by Luke Adams
5d ago
The new deals signed by Jeff Dowtin with the Sixers and Neemias Queta with the Celtics are two-way contracts with second-year team options for 2024/25, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (Twitter links). Both Dowtin and Queta were on two-way deals before promoted to their respective teams’ 15-man rosters, and both players received minimum-salary contracts. Here are more notes from around the Atlantic: Sixers guard De’Anthony Melton, who has been sidelined since February 27 due to back issues and has only played five games since the calendar turned to 2024, has been upgraded to questiona ..read more
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Irving, Porzingis Named Players Of The Week
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by Dana Gauruder
6d ago
Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving has been named Western Conference Player of the Week, while Celtics big man Kristaps Porziņģis has claimed the Eastern Conference’s weekly honor, NBA Communications tweets. Irving averaged 31.8 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 52.4% from the field as Dallas went 3-1 last week. Porzingis averaged 19.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in four Boston victories. Irving has gained Player of the Week honors five times in his career but this is his first since the 2014/15 season. The Suns’ Devin Booker, Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Timberwolves’ Rud ..read more
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NBA’s 20 Postseason Teams Set For 2024
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by Luke Adams
1w ago
The 20 teams that will compete in either the playoffs or the play-in tournament (or both) have officially been set following the Rockets‘ loss to Dallas on Sunday, per the NBA (Twitter link). There’s still much to be decided in the season’s final week, including exactly which six teams in each conference will secure playoff spots without having to win one or two play-in games. However, with the Rockets’ elimination, we at least know which teams from both the West and East will play beyond the end of the regular season next Sunday. The Nuggets, Timberwolves, and Thunder have already clinched pl ..read more
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How Starter Criteria Will Impact QOs For Potential 2024 RFAs
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by Luke Adams
1w ago
As we outlined in a glossary entry earlier today, the value of a qualifying offer for a player eligible for restricted free agency can increase or decrease depending on whether or not he meets the “starter criteria.” A player who is eligible for restricted free agency is considered to have met the starter criteria if he plays at least 2,000 minutes or starts 41 games in the season before he reaches free agency — or if he averages either of those marks in the two seasons prior to his restricted free agency. In many cases, the difference in the qualifying offer amounts is negligible. For instanc ..read more
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