Sixers forward P.J. Tucker cleared to play after recent knee surgery

Philadelphia 76ers forward P.J. Tucker recently underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.

He’s been cleared for on-court work and will participate in training camp in Charleston, South Carolina.

Per the Philly Voice, “based on conversations with people around the team this offseason — and Doc Rivers’ own assertions to kick off media day — Tucker is going to play a critical, multi-faceted role for the Sixers in 2022-23. In addition to the minutes he’s expected to play at forward, Tucker will be part of the plan at backup center behind Joel Embiid, one of several players who will factor into their gameplan when the MVP candidate is off of the floor.”

And per the Philadelphia Inquirer in early July, “Tucker, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound power forward, averaged just 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this past season for the Miami Heat. But he shot a career-best 41.5% from beyond the three-point line.”

Sixers sign Montrezl Harrell

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed seven-year NBA veteran Montrezl Harrell.

Harrell comes to Philadelphia after producing 13.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists in 23.1 minutes over 71 games with Washington and Charlotte in 2021-22. His .645 shooting percentage ranked third in the NBA last season.

Playing under 76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers, Harrell earned NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors in 2019-20, after posting 18.6 points (.580 FG), 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks in 27.8 minutes over 63 games with the LA Clippers.

The Tarboro, North Carolina native is one of two players to score at least 5,000 points off the bench over the last five seasons. He’s also the only NBA player to tally at least 4,000 points and 1,000 rebounds as a reserve since the start of the 2018-19 season, leading the league with 41 double-doubles during that span.

Originally selected by Houston with the No. 32 overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Harrell has recorded career averages of 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.5 minutes across 458 games with Houston, the Clippers, the Lakers, Washington and Charlotte. He ranks sixth in NBA history with a .620 field goal percentage, having finished top-10 in that category in each of the last five seasons (2017-22).

Harrell will wear No. 5 with the 76ers.

2022-23 Philadelphia 76ers preseason game schedule

The Philadelphia 76ers 2022-23 preseason will feature four exhibition games. The slate begins when the 76ers travel to Brooklyn on Monday, Oct.3 to take on the Nets at Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The team then returns back home to face Cleveland on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at The Center at 7 p.m. ET, which will be followed by a second meeting with the Cavaliers at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 10 on the road at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Philadelphia’s preseason slate wraps up at home against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. ET.

All four of the 76ers preseason games will air on the radio on the team’s flagship radio station, 97.5 The Fanatic. Both home games (Oct. 5 vs. Cleveland and Oct. 12 vs. Charlotte) will be telecast on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Sixers re-sign James Harden

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has re-signed 10-time All-Star and 13-year NBA veteran James Harden.

“Today, I’m celebrating alongside Sixers fans everywhere as we announce that James Harden – former MVP, 10-time All-Star and three-time scoring champion – has re-signed with the team,” Managing Partner Josh Harris said. “James stands out as an elite playmaker and feared scorer, and his commitment to the team reflects his dedication to bring a championship to this city. We recognize that winning a title is no easy feat, but I’m proud of the work our organization has done this offseason and look forward to the season ahead.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harden “agreed to a two-year, $68.6 million deal to return to the 76ers, a league source confirmed. Harden will make $33 million during the 2022-23 season. The deal also includes a $35.6 million player option for 2023-24, allowing Harden to potentially enter free agency again next summer.”

Acquired by the 76ers as part of a five-player trade with the Nets on Feb. 10, 2022, Harden averaged 22.0 points (.410 FG, .330 3FG, .877 FT), 7.7 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 37.2 minutes in 65 games played (all starts) between Brooklyn and Philadelphia in 2021-22. The 13-year veteran was one of two NBA players to tally at least 1,400 points, 500 rebounds, and 600 assists this past season, making him the fifth player in league history to accomplish that feat three times (Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook).

Also per the Inquirer, “the agreement comes less than a month after Harden declined his $47.4 million player option for the coming season, which allowed the Sixers to bolster their depth and toughness during free agency by signing veteran forward P.J. Tucker with the full mid-level exception and forward Danuel House with the biannual exception.”

Philadelphia starting lineups featured a league-best 20.2 net rating after Harden’s arrival to the team.

“This is where I want to be. This is where I want to win, and I think we have the pieces to accomplish that goal,” Harden said. “From my first day with the 76ers organization, the team and the fans have helped me feel at home here in Philadelphia. I’m excited to build off of last season and I can’t wait to get out on the court with the guys and start this journey.”

Harden posted totals of 442 points, 149 rebounds and 220 assists in his 21 games with the 76ers. He is the only player in league history to reach such totals within their first 21 outings with a new team. He also did so with the Brooklyn Nets in 2020-21.

This past season, Harden surpassed Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and moved into third place all-time in made three-pointers. He also posted 11 triple-doubles last season, which were the third-most in the NBA. For his career, Harden has the eighth-most triple-doubles in league history with 69.

“I couldn’t be happier with James’ decision to commit to our organization. Over the last two years we have taken major steps toward our ultimate goal of becoming champions,” said 76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers. “James shares our drive to win a title, and he believes being a 76er gives him the best opportunity to do that. Together, we will work tirelessly to achieve our goal.”

All told, Harden has appeared in 942 games (728 starts) with Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Houston and Oklahoma City and holds averages of 24.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

“James Harden is one of the greatest players in NBA history and a future Hall of Famer. His mission is to win an NBA title and we’re thrilled that he will continue that journey here in Philadelphia. He is one of the best scorers and passers to ever play, and his knowledge of the game allows him to dissect defenses and make everyone around him better,” Morey said. “James’ commitment to winning continues to resonate throughout our organization, and I believe we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible in his partnership with Joel and this talented roster. This is an exciting time for our franchise.”

Prior to last season with the Nets and 76ers, Harden spent parts of nine seasons (2012-21) with the Rockets. During that time, Harden was named the 2017-18 NBA MVP after leading the NBA in points per game (30.4) and finishing third in assists (8.8). He was also among the top-three vote-getters for the award each season from 2016-20. Harden ended his Houston career as the franchise’s all-time leader in three-pointers (2,029), free throws (5,554) and assists (4,796) while ranking second in team history with 18,365 total points and third with 1,087 steals.

Harden, a three-time NBA scoring champion (2018-20) and NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2011-12), is one of four players in league history to have at least three seasons averaging at least 20 points, five rebounds and 10 assists. The only other players to do so more than once are Russell Westbrook (five times) and Hall of Famers Magic Johnson (three times) and Oscar Robertson (five times). His 36.1 points per game average in 2018-19 was the second-highest by any player since the start of the 1970-71 season, behind only Hall of Famer Michael Jordan’s average of 37.1 in 1986-87.

A member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, Harden helped lead the 76ers to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance.

Sixers sign rookie Michael Foster Jr.

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed forward Michael Foster Jr.

Foster Jr. joined the 76ers’ Salt Lake City Summer League roster and appeared in each of the team’s games at Vivint Arena, including one start. He is currently participating in the NBA 2022 Summer League in Las Vegas.

Prior to signing with the 76ers, Foster Jr. played for G League Ignite, where last season he averaged 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 25 appearances.

Before joining Ignite, Foster Jr. averaged 32.2 points, 18.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his senior season for Hillcrest Prep, leading the team to a 37-1 record and earning him the No. 7 spot in the 2021 ESPN 100 rankings of top high school prospects. The Milwaukee native was also named a 2021 McDonald’s All-American.

Sixers sign Danuel House Jr.

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced yesterday that the team has signed Danuel House Jr.

“Danuel is a very talented two-way player who immediately bolsters our wing depth and strengthens our roster,” Morey said. “He is a willing shooter from outside who can space the floor and punish the opposition. On defense, his size, athleticism and ability to guard multiple positions make him a tough match-up, especially as we plan for a deep playoff run. I’m excited for Danuel’s future in Philadelphia.”

House Jr. played in 42 games in 2021-22 between Houston, New York, and Utah, averaging 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.0 assists. He shot .376 from beyond the arc, connecting on at least four three-pointers on three separate occasions.

House Jr. closed out the 2021-22 campaign with the Jazz, shooting 34-of-82 from beyond the arc (.415). He tallied 10-plus points on six occasions, including a season-high 21-point performance on 7-of-11 shooting (4-6 3FG) at Memphis on Jan. 28.

Signed as an undrafted free agent by Washington in 2016, House Jr. has produced 8.5 points (.427 FG, .366 3FG, .764 FT), 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, and 24.3 minutes in 204 total NBA games (98 starts) over six seasons with Washington, Phoenix, Houston, New York and Utah. His three-point percentage ranks ninth among players with at least 315 made triples and 5,000-or-fewer minutes since entering the league in 2016.

The Houston native also has NBA G League experience, recording career marks of 18.2 points (.450 FG, .368 3FG, .789 FT), 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 32.0 minutes in 60 games (42 starts) with Delaware (2016-17), Northern Arizona (2017-18), and Rio Grande Valley (2017-19). He played in seven games for the then-87ers – the 76ers’ G League affiliate – in 2016-17, scoring 10-plus points in five of those contests.

Prior to his professional career, House Jr. played four seasons collegiately between the University of Houston (2012-2014) and Texas A&M (2014-2016), averaging 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. He earned Second Team All-SEC honors as a junior with the Aggies, before notching an All-SEC Tournament First Team nod as a senior. House Jr. finished in the top-12 in the Southeastern Conference in scoring in his junior (nine – 14.8 ppg) and senior (12th – 15.6 ppg) seasons.

Sixers sign P.J. Tucker

The Philadelphia 76ers yesterday signed forward P.J. Tucker.

“P.J. Tucker is one of the most respected and relentless competitors in our game and is the type of competitor our fans will love and embrace,” Morey said. “We’re excited to add his leadership, toughness, defensive versatility and championship pedigree to our roster. P.J. wants to deliver an NBA title to Philadelphia and his work ethic and mentality make him an impactful addition to our team and city.”

“This team is good enough to compete head-to-head with anybody in the league, and I’m going to come in here and do whatever I can to help get us to that next level,” Tucker said. “Philly fans demand greatness and it will be up to us to get to where we need to be in order to accomplish our goals. I’m excited to get to work.”

Tucker appeared in 71 games (70 starts) for Miami in 2021-22, averaging 7.6 points on .484 shooting, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 0.8 steals in 27.9 minutes. He shot a career-best .415 from beyond the arc this past season and was one of six NBA players with at least 70 corner three-point field goals on 40-percent shooting-or-better.

The North Carolina native reached the 20-point mark twice in 2021-22, including a season-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting (5-8 3FG) at Cleveland on Dec. 13.

Originally selected by Toronto in the second round (No. 35 overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft, Tucker has compiled career averages of 7.1 points (.425 FG, .364 3FG, .748 FT), 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 29.0 minutes in 777 career games (581 starts) with the Raptors, Suns, Rockets, Bucks, and Heat. He has appeared in at least 70 games nine times throughout his 11 NBA seasons, including three 82-game seasons (most recently in 2018-19).

Tucker has shot at least .330 from beyond the arc in each of his last nine NBA seasons from 2013-22, making him one of 11 NBA players to accomplish that feat (min. 115 3FGA). The 11-year veteran is one of 18 NBA players to tally at least 380 steals and 480 three-point field goals over the last five seasons.

Tucker has been a part of six playoff runs during his 11 NBA seasons, averaging 7.3 points (.439 FG, .407 3FG), 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 31.3 minutes played across 91 career postseason contests (78 starts) with Toronto, Houston, Milwaukee, and Miami. He has appeared in 41 playoff games over the last two seasons, including a 2021 NBA Championship run with the Bucks in which he started 19 of the team’s 23 postseason games. During the title run, Tucker was one of four players to total at least 110 rebounds along with 20 steals in the postseason.

In addition to his 11 NBA seasons, Tucker spent two seasons playing internationally for Aris Thessaloniki, Aris, Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and Brose Baskets. During this time, he posted averages of 12.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals while shooting .400 from three.

Before turning pro, Tucker played collegiately at Texas from 2003-06. As a Longhorn, Tucker was named Big 12 Player of the Year in 2006 along with being selected to the All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 All-Defensive Team, All-Big 12 Tournament First Team and being named to the 2006 NCAA Tournament All-Region team along with being named a Consensus Second Team All-American.

Following his three-year career, Tucker ranked 18th in program history in career scoring (1,169 points), eighth in career rebounds (714) and tied for fifth in career double-doubles (28).

Sixers sign rookie Julian Champagnie to two-way contract

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed Julian Champagnie to a two-way contract.

Champagnie joins Philadelphia after playing for the St. John’s Red Storm for three collegiate seasons, posting averages of 16.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. These numbers led to Champagnie earning two consecutive First Team All-Big East selections, becoming the seventh player in Red Storm history to earn the honor twice.

In his third and final college season, he averaged 19.2 points, which ranked second in the conference. By the end of his college career, Champagnie ranked 20th on the St. John’s program’s all-time scoring list with 1,408 total points while his 149 made threes rank fourth in Red Storm history.

As a sophomore, Champagnie more than doubled his scoring average to 19.8 points which led the conference along with upping his boards per game to 7.4 per contest. He also led the Big East with a free throw percentage of .887, eventually capturing 2020-21 Big East Most Improved Player honors. In his debut season, he was named to the Big East All-Freshman team with averages of 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds.

A Staten Island native, Champagnie is the twin brother of Justin Champagnie who most recently played for the Toronto Raptors.

Per NBA rules, teams are permitted to have a maximum of two players under two-way contracts in addition to the players under standard NBA contracts. A two-way player for the 76ers will also be eligible to provide services to the team’s G League affiliate – the Delaware Blue Coats.

Sixers sign Trevelin Queen

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed Trevelin Queen.

Queen spent this past season playing for the Houston Rockets as well as their G League Affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. During his time with the Rockets in 2021-22, the Maryland native appeared in 10 games averaging 4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

The 2021-22 NBA G League MVP, Queen finished fifth in scoring at 25.3 points per game, while leading the league in steals with an average of 3.2. In 19 games (all starts) with the Vipers, he also averaged 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 35.0 minutes per contest. Queen helped Rio Grande Valley capture the 2022 NBA G League title, posting at least 24 points and seven rebounds in three of his four postseason appearances. In addition to being named league MVP, Queen was selected to the All-G League and All-Defensive teams.

Overall, across two G League seasons with the Vipers, Queen has seen action in 34 games (25 starts) and holds career averages of 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

After going undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, Queen signed with Houston in November 2020, later joining the team’s G League affiliate after participating in Rockets’ training camp.

Prior to turning pro, Queen played two seasons at New Mexico State where he led the Aggies in scoring in his final season at 13.2 points per game which ranked ninth in the WAC. During his time with the Aggies, Queen was named the 2019 WAC Tournament MVP and was named to the 2020 All-WAC Second Team the following season.

Sixers trade Danny Green, David Roddy to Grizzlies for De’Anthony Melton

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has acquired De’Anthony Melton in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.

In the trade, Philadelphia sent draft rights to the No. 23 selection in the 2022 NBA Draft (David Roddy) and Danny Green to Memphis.

“First and foremost, I want to thank Danny Green for everything he gave the Sixers organization over the last two seasons. He was a veteran leader, consummate professional on and off the court, and made us all better. I wish him continued success in his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the court.

Heading into the draft, we had a goal of strengthening our rotation and believe we accomplished that by acquiring De’Anthony Melton. He is a young, tough and talented two-way player who can impact the game on multiple levels. We think he will thrive here and we’re excited to add him to our roster,” Morey said following the trade.

Last season with Memphis, Melton averaged career highs across the board with 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 22.7 minutes per game. His average of 1.4 takeaways per contest led the NBA among players who played in 25-or-fewer minutes per game and also ranked within the league’s top-15 overall. Over the past two seasons, Melton has raised his three-point shooting percentage to .388, a significant jump from the .294 mark he posted in his first two career campaigns.

Melton has seen action in 235 career games with Memphis and Phoenix, averaging 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 20.7 minutes per contest. Since his NBA debut in 2018-19, Melton has 309 steals, making him one of two players with at least 300 steals in fewer than 6,000 minutes over that span.

Originally selected by Houston with the No. 46 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Melton was traded to Phoenix prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. He spent his lone collegiate season in his home state with the University of Southern California and posted 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 27.0 minutes per game. The Trojans posted a 26-10 regular season record in Melton’s time with the program, earning an appearance in the 2017 NCAA Tournament and reaching the second round.

Roddy (6-5, 255) was named the 2021-22 Mountain West Player of the Year and USBWA District VIII Player of the Year after averaging 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.16 steals and 1.06 blocks in 31 games while shooting a conference-best 57.1% from the field and 43.8% from 3-point range during his junior year at Colorado State. The 21-year-old Minneapolis native helped lead the Rams to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2013 and the highest seed (No. 6) in program history.

Green (6-6, 220) has competed in 819 regular season games (709 starts) and has averaged 8.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.3 minutes while shooting 42.1% from the field and 39.9% from 3-point range in his 13-year NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. The 34-year-old has won NBA championships with the Spurs (2014), Raptors (2019) and Lakers (2020) since he was selected with the No. 46 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of North Carolina.