Report: 76ers guard Seth Curry tests positive for COVID-19

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 1/8/21

The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Kyrie Irving-less Brooklyn Nets 122-109 on Thursday night. Right now, the loss is the least of their problems. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, 76ers guard Seth Curry returned a positive COVID-19 test before the start of Philadelphia’s matchup against Brooklyn. As a result, the team stayed in New York overnight and will conduct contact tracing on Friday. 

Curry did not play on Thursday due to left ankle soreness, though he was on the bench throughout the first quarter before the 76ers were made aware of his positive test. Wojnarowski reports he was wearing a mask and sitting next to Joel Embiid and assistant coach Sam Cassell. 

The 76ers are scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday and that game won’t be in jeopardy unless more players or staff members test positive for the virus before then. 

Curry is in the midst of a career-best season, averaging 17 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 60.3% from the field and 59.5% from deep. 

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Report: 76ers ‘most likely destination’ for James Harden

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 12/11/20

James Harden finally reported to Rockets training camp earlier this week, but he has given no indication he wants to play in Houston during the 2020-21 campaign and beyond after expressing concern about the future of the franchise. 

The disgruntled guard, whose preferred destination is the Brooklyn Nets, recently expanded his trade list to include three more teams: the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the 76ers are seen as the favorites to land the three-time scoring champion if Houston decides to trade him. 

Stein notes that the Rockets aren’t keen on trading Harden while the Sixers have no interest in trading Ben Simmons, who likely would have to be sent the other way in any deal. However, he also reports that “familiarity” between Philadelphia president Daryl Morey and the Rockets’ front office could result in the two sides reaching an agreement. 

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NBA Rumors: 76ers Have Big (Like, Really Big) Plans This Offseason

When watching the Philadelphia 76ers in their second-round NBA playoffs series with the Boston Celtics, it was clear that Philly is one big piece away from being a true title contender.

(Head coach Brett Brown and general manager Bryan Colangelo admitted as much after the Sixers were eliminated from the postseason.)

So, how will the 76ers go about addressing their needs? Well, let’s just say they plan on shooting for the moon.

Should LeBron James opt out of his current deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers after this season, the Sixers are expected to make a push for the 33-year-old superstar, Philly.com’s Keith Pompey reported Saturday. Furthermore, the Sixers will explore either a trade for San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard or a free-agent deal for Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Paul George.

“Paul George is another free agent the Sixers  have interest in, according to folks around the league,” Pompey wrote. ” … Don’t be surprised if they also try to acquire San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard in a trade. Sources have said the Sixers have expressed interest in the two-time all-star.”

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By. Dakota Randall

Philadelphia 76ers: State of the Point Guard Position

Written by Jovan Alford at Total Sports Live

After losing Wednesday night to the Milwaukee Bucks 113-100, the Philadelphia 76ers’ record now stands at 1-30. Recently, the 76ers made moves in the front office, coaching staff and now the roster.  On Thursday night, the 76ers acquired point guard Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans for two future second round picks, according to Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears.

To make room for Smith on the roster, the 76ers released guard Tony Wroten. Spears also noted an hour later that the 76ers offered Wroten in the trade to New Orleans but there was no interest.

With Smith in and Wroten out, it signifies the type of point guard the organization wants. Which is a pass-first, setup the offense, shoot second type of point guard. Wroten did not fit that mold at all but definitely brought excitement to the game.

It was shocking to see the 76ers move on from Wroten, who was one of the biggest proponents of the “Trust the Process” movement. Wroten missed the first month of the season as he was returning from a torn ACL in his right knee. He eventually made his season debut on Dec. 5, against the Denver Nuggets. Against the Nuggets, Wroten scored four points, dished out three assists but had five turnovers in 13 minutes played.

After his season debut, Wroten improved slightly, scoring in double figures against the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and New York Knicks. But also in those games, he had 13 combined turnovers. You cannot win basketball games with your point guard turning the ball over multiple times. It is not a recipe for success.

In three seasons with the 76ers, Wroten averaged 19.4 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game.

With Wroten gone, enter Ish Smith, who is the complete opposite as a point guard.

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Philadelphia 76ers: The Most Unfortunate Team in Sports


Written by Jalil Phillips at Total Sports Live

Heading into the new year with a single victory isn’t something that we considered possible in a league as talented and competitive as the NBA. It is a recent phenomenon that NBA teams have had extremely bad records. In fact, 18 of the 50 worst NBA teams, categorized by record and win percentage, have occurred after the year 1999. This means that 36 percent of the NBA’s worst records have come only in the last 15 seasons. For a league that has a history dating back to the merger in 1946, that is a statistical head-scratcher.

With that being said, the Philadelphia 76ers are the most unfortunate team in the modern NBA.

Never in the history of the league has team leadership chosen to tank multiple seasons as blatantly as 76ers GM Sam Hinkie has. Over the past three seasons, Hinkie has manufactured teams that have won a combined 38 games to date, which is particularly sad considering that they won 34 games in 2012-2013 season. Keep in mind that he has done this, despite having an amazing player developer as Head Coach in Brett Brown and commendable progress made from rising players such as Michael Carter-Williams (the 2014 Rookie of the Year), Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington, and Jahlil Okafor (not to mention the seeming development of Joel Embiid and Tony Wroten, both of which are attempting to return from injuries). It takes a special kind of tanking plan to convince fans that trading the R.O.Y was a good idea for the team’s future as well. Even the ownership became wary of the constant losing that has been taking place.

Enter Jerry Colangelo.

When the commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, and the 76ers owner, Josh Harris “plead” for your assistance, who would expect him to say no? Colangelo was given the chance to work for the 76ers on his own terms at his own availability with an excellent amount of power with the organization. The bigger question, however, is WHY the COMMISSIONER of the league got involved in the direct hiring of a team official. Inexperienced owners, a misguided GM, a talent-lacking team, and collective ignorance comes to mind, but many teams have gone through bad years (although not as bad as the last few for this team). The real reason is very clear and obvious.

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Sixers Rookie Jahlil Okafor to Reportedly Travel With His Own Security Guard

Written by Liam McGuire at The Comeback

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor has had a tough week.

Okafor’s recent transgressions have gone public, and they’re not pretty. Since the start of the season, he’s been held at gun point, cited for reckless driving and driving at an excessive rate of speed (going 108 m.p.h in a 45 m.p.h zone), allegedly using a fake I.D. to try to get into a bar, and got into an altercation in Boston in which he allegedly shoved a man and swung at another one. It’s been quite the professional experience for the 19-year-old who was drafted 3rd overall in 2015 NBA draft.

Now, Okafor’s handlers want some protection for him and have asked the 76ers organization to make a personal security guard available for the former Duke star, according to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN.com.

“A lot of teams do that for their players anyway,” a source close to Okafor said. “So from now on, the Sixers are going to have someone at his disposal full-time.”

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NBA Season Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

Written by Brendon Donohoe

Welcome to our NBA season preview. Leading up to the first game of the NBA season, we will be counting down every team in the NBA. First up, the Philadelphia 76ers.

30) Philadelphia 76ers

2014-2015 Record: 18-64

Roster Breakdown

PG Isaiah Cannon Bench SF Hollis Thompson
SG Tony Wroten PF Carl Landry
SF Robert Covington SG Nik Stauskas
PF Nerlens Noel SF Jerami Grant
C Jahlil Okafor PG Pierre Jackson
SG JaKarr Sampson
SF J.P. Tokoto
PG Scottie Wilbekin
PF Richaun Holmes
C Joel Embiid*
*Projected to miss season due to injury
  • Key Offseason Additions: Jahlil Okafor (Draft)
  • Key Offseason Loses: Gerald Wallace (lol)

The good news here is that there are some actual NBA players on this team that are loaded with potential. The third overall pick in the 2015 draft, Jahlil Okafor, is the centerpiece of this team. In a league with so few high quality centers, the value of Okafor cannot be understated. Playing beside him is the other talented big man, Nerlens Noel. In his first year of actually playing, Noel proved to be a defensive force. Now if Noel’s offensive game can catch up to his defensive game, then we are going to be looking at a perennial all-star. As for the rest of the starters, there may be less star power, but there is still talent. Robert Covington looked like he might have a career as starting small forward after a decent season last year. At the very least, Covington will be a high quality bench player. The same goes for Tony Wroten, though he might be better suited for the point than at shooting guard. Isaiah Cannon really has no business starting, and should only be coming off the bench.

The bench has just as much potential as it has question marks. Carl Landry and Hollis Thompson are the only sure things off the bench. Landry has a proven track record of being a quality big man off the bench, and he also gives the team some much needed veteran experience. Thompson showed flashes of potential, but struggled as a starter last year. By coming off the bench we should see a bit more of the good, and less of the bad. After those two there are only question marks. The 76ers traded for former top 10 pick Nik Stauskas, who struggled in his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings, but has a great chance of bouncing back this season. Jerami Grant and J.P. Tokoto are two second rounders that you should look out for. Both appear to have NBA talent, even if that talent is strictly off the bench. The most intriguing player is Pierre Jackson, who absolutely tore up the D-League. Whether or not those numbers will translate in the NBA has yet to be seen. The big disappoint here is Joel Embiid. As more time passes, it looks like we have another Greg Oden on our hands. Tons of talent, great personality, but the guy just cannot stay healthy.

Question on Everyone’s Mind?

How the hell does Sam Hinkie still have a job?

I thoroughly believe that if you’re not at the top then you better be at the bottom when it comes to the NBA. As cold hearted as it to the fan base, sucking for a few years to acquire some high quality young talent is actually really smart, especially if you are not one of the big free agent markets. So in theory, I actually love Sam Hinkie’s plan. The problem is that I don’t think this team has improved all that much in three years. Instead this team looks like it is going to be tanking for a couple more years. At what point do you piss of your fan base to the point of no return? He gave up on Michael Carter Williams for a future lottery pick. Drafted Joel Embiid, a center with a serious injury red flag. Traded K.J. McDaniels for Isaiah Cannon and a pick, JUST BECAUSE MCDANIELS WAS GOING TO COST HIM MONEY TO KEEP. Traded the very promising point guard Elfrid Peyton for the possibly talented Dario Saric (who will be spending another year overseas). Sure the young guns like Noel, Okafor, Stauskus, Covington, and Wroten definitely have potential, it is still probably going to be years before these guys become the game changers their team hopes they will be. Hell, odds are Hinkie will trade one of them for more picks. Long story short, Hinkie understands how to go from the bottom to the top, just his execution is all wrong.

Season Outlook

Prepare for another dumpster fire of a season. The 76ers MIGHT be slightly more competitive, and manage to win a couple of more games (much to Sam Hinkie’s displeasure), but still expect this team to be the worst in the league. I am going to predict that Carl Landry will get traded for a couple of second round picks, Jahlil Okafor will win rookie of the year, and that Head Coach Brett Brown gets fired shortly after the regular season ends.

Las Vegas Over/Under – 21.5

Prediction – Over with 22, finishing 15th in the east

 

Check out the other installments of our NBA season preview.

29) Brooklyn Nets

28) Minnesota Timberwolves

27) Portland Trail Blazers

26) Denver Nuggets