Sixers sign guard Grant Riller to two-way contract

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed guard Grant Riller to a two-way contract.

Riller spent the 2020-21 season playing on a two-way contract with the Charlotte Hornets and for their G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.

With the Swarm, Riller played and started in 11 of the team’s 15 games, and averaged 13.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, shooting .490 from the floor, .462 from three-point range (second in G League) and .867 from the foul line. He scored a season-high 28 points (10-15 FG, 6-8 3FG) on February 26 against Raptors 905.

Riller totaled 20-plus points in three of his 11 G League games, and scored in double figures seven times.

He also made seven appearances at the NBA level with the Hornets, averaging 2.6 points per game in limited minutes.

Riller was selected by the Hornets with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft out of the College of Charleston. In four collegiate seasons, he posted career averages of 18.7 points, 3.3 boards and 2.8 assists while holding a career field-goal percentage of .519.

Per NBA rules, teams are allowed to have a maximum of two players signed to two-way contracts, in addition to players under standard NBA contracts.

A two-way player for the 76ers will provide services to the team’s G League affiliate – the Delaware Blue Coats – but is not allowed to be active for more than 50 NBA games.

Riller will wear No. 5 with Philadelphia.

Philadelphia 76ers re-sign Furkan Korkmaz

The Philadelphia 76ers have re-signed Furkan Korkmaz.

“We’re thrilled that Furkan is returning to the 76ers. His work ethic and commitment have helped him evolve into a high-level rotation player in the NBA,” Morey said. “He’s proven to be a dangerous three-point threat and he continues to make great strides as a defender thanks to his length and size. We’re excited for Furkan’s future here.”

Last season, Korkmaz appeared in 55 games (11 starts) for Philadelphia, averaging 9.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and a career-best 1.5 assists in 19.3 minutes per game. In 44 games off the bench, Korkmaz posted 8.2 points per contest, which was second among 76ers reserves. In those 44 games, Philadelphia compiled a record of 32-12 (.727), as Korkmaz led the 76ers bench with 71 makes from beyond the arc.

In four NBA seasons, all with Philadelphia, Korkmaz has seen action in 189 games (30 starts), averaging 8.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game while shooting .377 from three-point range. Over the last two seasons, Korkmaz has made the sixth-most three-pointers of any NBA reserve, while converting on 40-percent of his attempts.

Philadelphia selected Korkmaz with the No. 26 overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. Korkmaz spent the 2016-17 season with Banvit (Turkey), helping Banvit win the team’s first Turkish Cup in February. A native of Istanbul, Korkmaz has been named a Turkish Basketball Super League All-Star three times and is a two-time Turkish Cup champion. He has represented his home country of Turkey in international play in multiple competitions, earning a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and silver at the same event in 2015.

During the 2018 FIBA World Cup, Korkmaz helped lead Turkey by averaging 11.8 points per game, good for third on the team. This year, Korkmaz shouldered the scoring load for Turkey in the Olympic qualifying games, averaging a team-best 16.0 points, including back-to-back 20-point games.

Sixers re-sign Danny Green

The Philadelphia 76ers yesterday re-signed Danny Green.

Per multiple reports, the contract is for two years, $20 million.

“Bringing Danny back was a top priority for our organization this offseason,” Morey said. “He has proven to be an important leader on and off the floor, and he knows what it takes to win an NBA title as a three-time champion. We are very happy that he’ll continue to remain a crucial part of the 76ers.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer, the “New York native has a knack for complementing elite players and winning NBA titles. Green helped the Los Angeles Lakers win the 2020 NBA championship. That marked his second straight NBA title and third overall. He also won it with the 2019 Toronto Raptors and 2014 San Antonio Spurs.”

This will be Green’s second season with Philadelphia after the 76ers acquired him in a trade last offseason. During his first campaign with the team, Green averaged 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists along with a career-high-tying 1.3 steals per game. Last year, Green also shot .405 from three-point range on a career-high 6.3 attempts per contest, leading the 76ers with 175 makes from beyond the arc. His three-point percentage was top-10 in the NBA among players with at least 400 attempts.

Last season saw Green tie a career-long streak with at least one made three-pointer with 32 consecutive games from Feb. 11-April 21, 2021. Green was also the only player this past season with at least 170 makes from beyond the arc and 90 steals, which made him just the fourth player in 76ers franchise history to do so in a single season since steals were first tracked in 1973-74 (Danna Barros, Robert Covington (twice) and Kyle Korver).

Since entering the NBA, Green, a three-time NBA champion, has 1,458 made three-pointers which is 17th among active players. That mark is also good for 41st in NBA history. For his career, Green has appeared in 757 games (681 starts) over 12 seasons with Philadelphia, the L.A. Lakers, Toronto, San Antonio and Cleveland. He holds lifetime averages of 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He’s a career .401 shooter from beyond the arc and is one of 11 players in NBA history to shoot at least 40-percent on at least 3,500 attempts from three-point range.

A native Long Islander, Green was originally selected with the No. 46 overall pick by Cleveland in the 2009 NBA Draft out of North Carolina. He spent four years as a Tar Heel, earning multiple awards during his senior season, including being named to the All-ACC Third Team and ACC All-Defensive Team and helped lead the team to a national title in 2009.

Sixers sign forward Georges Niang

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced yesterday that the team has signed forward Georges Niang.

“Georges is a talented player who can stretch the floor and he immediately bolsters our frontcourt depth,” Morey said. “He has shot over 40-percent from three for his career and has steadily improved his overall game each season he’s been in the NBA. We’re excited to welcome him to Philadelphia.”

Niang spent the last four seasons with Utah after spending his rookie year with Indiana, which selected him in the 2016 NBA Draft with the No. 50 overall pick out of Iowa State. For his career, he has appeared in 229 games, with averages of 5.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists per contest.

During each year of his professional career, Niang has increased his averages in points, rebounds and assists, including last season when he posted career highs of 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists. He also was the only player last season to appear in at least 70 games while shooting at least 40-percent from both the field and three-point range, while knocking down at least 95-percent of his attempts from the foul line.

For his career, he is a .404 three-point shooter, a mark that ranks 13th among active NBA players with 600-or-more attempts. This past season, Niang shot nearly 43-percent from three on a career-high 4.1 attempts per game.

Over his four collegiate seasons at Iowa State, Niang earned multiple accolades, including selections to the Associated Press All-America Third Team in 2014-15 and the Consensus All-America Second Team in 2015-16. As a Cyclone, he was also named to the All-Big 12 First Team as a senior, when he earned the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s top collegiate power forward. The 2015-16 season, Niang’s last in college, saw him average 20.5 points per game (second in the Big 12) as he led the conference in field-goal percentage at .546. The fourth-seeded Cyclones reached the Sweet 16 of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Niang will wear No. 20 for the 76ers.

Sixers stack center spot, sign Andre Drummond

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed nine-year veteran Andre Drummond.

“Andre is a great addition to the 76ers family. He is a two-time NBA All-Star who has consistently been one of the NBA’s very best rebounders and rim protectors,” Morey said. “We’re excited to add a veteran player of his caliber to our roster and look forward to the impact he’ll make this season.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer, “remember when Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond used to battle it out on social media and during games? Come next season, the two will get a chance to go after each other during practice. Drummond has agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum deal for about $2.6 million with the 76ers, a league source has confirmed. This comes one day after Sixers backup Dwight Howard accepted a one-year minimum deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard was a member of the Lakers’ 2019-20 NBA championship team.”

Drummond joins Philadelphia after splitting the 2020-21 season with Cleveland and the L.A. Lakers. In total, the two-time All-Star appeared in 46 games (all starts) last season, posting averages of 14.9 points and 12.0 rebounds along with 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 27.0 minutes per outing. He was one of three NBA players, including new teammate Joel Embiid, to average a point-rebound double-double as well as one steal and one block last season.

Originally selected by the Detroit Pistons with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Drummond has appeared in 645 career games (594 starts) for Detroit, Cleveland and the L.A. Lakers, and holds averages of 14.5 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. His career 13.7 rebounding average ranks seventh all-time in NBA history, among players who have appeared in at least 250 contests. Drummond, who’s led the NBA in rebounds four times, including in both of his All-Star seasons (2016 and 2018), ranks second in Pistons history in both total rebounds and defensive boards and is the franchise leader on the offensive glass.

Drummond has averaged a point-rebound double-double in eight of his nine NBA seasons and has averaged no fewer than 12 boards since his rookie season. The former Connecticut Husky is one of six NBA players since blocks were first tracked in 1973-74 to total at least 8,000 rebounds and 950 rejections within their first nine campaigns, joining Dwight Howard and Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, former 76ers Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon.

A one-time All-NBA Third Team selection following the 2015-16 season, Drummond has posted 44 career games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, which rank 16th in NBA history. Since his rookie season in 2012-13, no other player has more than 15 such performances. During his lone collegiate season, Drummond appeared in 34 games (30 starts), averaging 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. He helped lead UConn to an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and was named to the 2011-12 Big East All-Rookie Team.

Drummond will wear No. 1 for the 76ers.

Sixers sign Jaden Springer to his rookie contract

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed first-round pick Jaden Springer, whom it selected with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Springer, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, led the Tennessee Volunteers in scoring as a freshman at 12.5 points per game, while also pacing the team in three-point percentage at .435 and total free throws made with 81. In 25 games during his lone collegiate season, the SEC All-Freshman Team selection posted a team-best six games of at least 20 points, also averaging 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. He is the son of Gary Springer, who was selected by the 76ers in the 1984 NBA Draft, and the cousin of current NBA player DeAndre’ Bembry, who played collegiately at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Springer will wear No. 11 for the 76ers.

Sixers waive George Hill

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has waived 13-year veteran George Hill.

Hill was acquired by the 76ers from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three-team trade on March 25. During his time with Philadelphia, Hill appeared in 16 regular-season games with averages of 6.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 18.9 minutes per game.

He also saw action in 12 playoff games with the 76ers, posting averages of 4.7 points along with 1.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Sixers and Warriors reportedly discussed a Ben Simmons trade

There are all sorts of trade discussions happening involving Sixers guard Ben Simmons. Via the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Sixers asked for Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, the Nos. 7 and 14 picks in tonight’s NBA draft along with two future first-rounders in exchange for Ben Simmons, according to multiple sources. The Warriors quickly turned down the offer.

This comes after a source confirmed The Ringer report that the Sixers asked the San Antonio Spurs for four first-round picks, three first-round pick swaps, and a young player in exchange for Simmons.

According to the Action Network, the Toronto Raptors rejected the Sixers’ asking price of Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, and the fourth pick in tonight’s draft for a package that included Simmons.

Will Warriors pursue Ben Simmons?

Sixers guard Ben Simmons is young, talented, but will also probably be the subject of serious trade rumors throughout the offseason. Via the Philly Voice:

The Ben Simmons rumor mill continues to churn, and the latest potential suitor is a name you should expect to hear a ton up until draft night in late July: the Golden State Warriors.

That’s the word from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who has been a source of a lot of Simmons gossip this past week…

Any trade the Warriors are making this offseason is going to be in an effort to put a stronger supporting cast around Stephen Curry in the final year of his contract next season. Curry has never said anything to suggest he wants to leave the franchise where he became a megastar, but playing elite-level basketball only to miss the playoffs entirely surely is not what he has in mind for his twilight years.