February 23, 2016 |
DALLAS - The three-team trade the 76ers struck last week is stuck in a holding pattern. It was supposed to be finalized Sunday. But the Sixers, Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets agreed to a 24-hour extension that pushes the deadline back to 6 p.m. Monday. The problem is that Donatas Motiejunas, who went to Detroit from Houston, has back issues and has not been cleared to play. If he's unable to pass the physical, the trade could be voided. On Thursday, the Sixers acquired center Joel Anthony and a 2017 second-round draft pick in the deal.
February 22, 2016 |
MONTREAL - Five years later, the Jeff Carter trade is paying new dividends for the Flyers. Oh, they certainly could use a scoring machine like Carter, one of the NHL's most dependable forwards. But the return they received is getting better each day: Jake Voracek. Sean Couturier. Nick Cousins. Those turned out to be the three young players the Flyers received for Carter, now 31 and starting to decline. And while then-general manager Paul Holmgren would like a do-over on some of his moves/signings, this isn't one of them.
February 19, 2016 |
NEW ORLEANS - The 76ers' message has been the same over the last 30 days: They will exchange phone calls but aren't looking to make trades. Events leading up to the NBA trade deadline at 3 p.m. Thursday will show whether they actually do stand pat, and it could be a suspenseful wait. With plenty of cap space, the Sixers would consider helping teams make a trade work, according to a league source. The source said the Sixers were sending out feelers Wednesday about being a third team in any deal to dump contracts.
February 19, 2016 |
It was 2:55 a.m. in Houston when Ish Smith first heard the following three words directed toward him: You've been traded . It was 2010, and Smith, a rookie with the Houston Rockets, was in bed when his cell phone rang. He and veteran Shane Battier were being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. "That was the first time I realized it was real," the 76ers point guard said Wednesday after practice. "I was like, 'Oh, [I'm not] going to be in Houston for the rest of my career.
February 17, 2016
Question: Is this an important trade deadline for the Sixers? Bob Cooney When you've gone 45-172 and have just hired Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations, every draft, every expedition into free agency and every trade possibility is of utmost importance. But that doesn't necessarily include Thursday's trade deadline. Unless Colangelo and Sam Hinkie are able to pull off some kind of steal that lands them a player who can help in the future and not cost many of the assets Hinkie has accumulated, it is highly unlikely that any move will be of significance.
February 9, 2016
FOR EAGLES FANS, Super Bowl Sunday fireworks erupted long before the game began. ESPN's Adam Schefter, a power broker who trades secrets wth teams and agents, reported Sunday morning that the Eagles are unlikely to place the franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford - though Schefter said they retain some interest in signing Bradford. This was bracing news, but opinion is divided on whether Bradford is worth the $20 million or so straight off the cap it would take to franchise him, so it didn't produce a major shock wave.
February 7, 2016
A Bucks County lawyer was convicted Friday in federal court of insider trading that netted him more than $75,000 in profit on an insurance-company merger, prosecutors said. Herbert Sudfield, 64, of Doylestown, was working for a law firm that represented Harleysville Group, Inc. in its 2011 merger with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Knowing the merger was coming, Sudfield purchased shares of Harleysville stock before the deal was publicly announced, prosecutors said. Sudfield then lied to the FBI about his prior knowledge about the deal and details about his stock purchase, prosecutors said.
February 5, 2016 |
If Jesse Biddle is to revive his career, the Germantown Friends product is at least headed to a haven for pitching reclamation projects. The Phillies on Wednesday traded the former first-round pick to Pittsburgh for Yoervis Medina, a 27-year-old reliever. Biddle, 24, had been designated for assignment last week. He will miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. As the Phillies stockpiled young pitchers, Biddle's value to his hometown organization was diminished.
February 5, 2016
No doubt you've caught the Shock Top commercial with comedian T.J. Miller. The spot, a fast-paced insult swap between the star of the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley and a wiseguy talking tap handle named Wedgehead, has been floating around the Internet for the last week in advance of its TV debut Sunday during the Super Bowl . What you haven't seen is the original version - the one featuring Joe Sixpack. Or maybe that was a bad dream. In any case, it went like this: Wedgehead: Yo, beer boy, over here.
February 3, 2016 |
Now that the calendar has flipped to February, aside from that little football game to be played Sunday in Santa Clara, the sports landscape is tilting, at least locally, toward Feb. 18 and the mystery about what, if anything, the 76ers will do with the upcoming NBA trade deadline. It has been a momentous pivot point for the franchise on each of the previous two deadlines during the tenure of general manager Sam Hinkie, and there's no reason to think the Sixers will sit this one out. The question is whether the trade deadline will remain a means of stockpiling assets for the future or whether it will be a way to speed the process toward a more immediate payoff.