Sixers still looking for shooter

Posted: July 03, 2012

THE PHONES have been buzzing since free agency started at midnight on Saturday, and 76ers president Rod Thorn has been burning his ear talking and listening to people around the NBA.

"We've been busy looking at what's available, what might be out there to help us," said Thorn, whose team selected swingman Maurice Harkless and acquired power forward/center Arnett Moultrie in the first round in Thursday's NBA draft. "There is no doubt that we have a big need for a shooter, and we'll be looking for that, but who knows what could happen? We will certainly keep talking to teams and looking to see where we may be able to go to try and fill that need."

While free agency is now on the forefront of every team's agenda, the Sixers also are looking forward to the Orlando Summer League, which will begin for them on July 9. While the main focus will be on Harkless, the 15th pick in the first round, the disappointing part will be that Moultrie probably will not be able to participate due to a high left ankle sprain.

Thorn said that second-year center Nikola Vucevic will participate and that former Penn point guard Zack Rosen also will be on the Sixers' roster in Orlando. Shooting guard Xavier Silas, who finished the season on the team's roster, also will be playing in Orlando.

Thorn also said the team offered power forward Lavoy Allen a qualifying offer and that if all goes well he might be able to join the summer-league group after a couple of games have been completed. A source said Allen was offered a 2-year deal for close to $6 million.

As for trying to land a bigger name via free agency, Thorn said: "There are some interesting free agents out there and we have to look and see what we may be able to do. It's a busy time. We have to see what other teams may be willing to do and we'll have to go from there."

Contact Bob Cooney at cooneyb@phillynews.com

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