February 26, 2016 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - As expected, Joel Anthony said the phone call he received Monday from Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy was "a little awkward, a little weird. " At the time, Anthony thought he was heading to the 76ers as part of a three-team trade with the Pistons and Houston Rockets. But Van Gundy called to inform him the trade was rescinded after Donatas Motiejunas, who was going to Detroit from Houston, failed to pass a physical because of a bad back. So Anthony was back here Wednesday night facing the team he expected to be traded to at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
February 26, 2016
American cocktail lore is heavy on half-stirred malarkey, but this one is true: In 1913, Theodore Roosevelt leveled a libel suit against a Michigan newspaper called the Iron Ore, which wouldn't stop calling the Rough Rider a sloppy drunk in print. When Roosevelt, several years removed from the White House, took the stand, he was grilled about his alcohol consumption. He described himself as a light drinker, insisting he'd enjoyed a modest total of two mint juleps in the years after his presidency - including just "part of one" prepared by Tom Bullock, the St. Louis Country Club's renowned bartender.
February 25, 2016 |
The 76ers were prepared to make major changes to their roster to get the point guard they covet at Thursday's NBA trade deadline. The team offered a packages that included shooting guard Nik Stauskas, point guard Ish Smith, and a 2016 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Dennis Schroder, according to several league sources. The Sixers also considered adding a player with an expiring contract, the sources say. Former Sixer JaKarr Sampson was said to be player with the expiring contract in the deal.
February 24, 2016 |
A costly miscalculation by the 76ers resulted in the loss of their best perimeter defender when a three-team trade fell through. JaKarr Sampson agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets on Monday instead of waiting to re-sign with Sixers. The 6-foot-9 guard's deal is guaranteed through the rest of the season and nonguaranteed next season. The Sixers waived Sampson on Thursday so they would have a roster spot available to take part in a three-team trade with the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons.
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 |
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 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 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.