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Report: Kendall Marshall near deal with Sixers


The Sixers could use a point guard who can effectively get the ball into the post for guys like Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. They have a few PGs on the roster — Tony Wroten, Isaiah Canaan, Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin, T.J. McConnell — but none are particularly thrilling.

Enter Kendall Marshall.

He’s not thrilling either — particularly his shooting or the fact he’s coming off an ACL surgery — but Philadelphia sees him as a better option and is  about to sign him to a deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Free-agent guard Kendall Marshall is finalizing a multiyear contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told Yahoo Sports….

Marshall has been rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Chapel Hill, N.C., over the past few months and worked out this past week for the 76ers in Philadelphia. Marshall is expected to return sometime in the first half of the upcoming season, league sources said.

The Sixers are still in the tanking/rebuilding/however-they-wish-to-define-it mode and so being patient to get a known quantity point guard until the second half of the season is not an issue.

Marshall is just 24 and could develop into a reliable point guard — he can dish the rock but has question marks just about everywhere elseAt least he can be a respectable trade chip for the Sixers, so the deal makes sense for them. Just don’t expect more wins because of it.

Report: 76ers interested in Kendall Marshall

Philadelphia 76ers v Milwaukee Bucks

The 76ers have options at point guard – Tony Wroten, Isaiah Canaan, Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin, T.J. McConnell.

But none of them are great options.

So, Philadelphia is considering hedging its bets by bringing another point guard to training camp – Kendall Marshall.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain of Philadunkia:

Jake Fischer of Liberty Ballers:

Marshall played well for the Bucks last season before tearing his ACL in January. If healthy, he’s a good distributor, a fine backup.

That’ll do for the lowly 76ers, especially because Marshall’s pass-first style could help young players like Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas, Robert Covington and Jerami Grant develop.

It also doesn’t hurt that Marshall is just 24. The 76ers could buy low on him and hope he becomes a better player once they’re ready to win.

Report: 76ers signing Pierre Jackson to four-year contract

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

The 76ers put Pierre Jackson on their summer league team before signing him last summer, and Jackson experienced the nightmare scenario – a season-ending Achilles injury.

But Philadelphia still signed him to a partially guaranteed contract and then waived him.

A nice gesture? Yes. Jackson got $400,000 for last season when other teams might have just cut him loose.

Completely altruistic? No. The 76ers were so far below the salary floor, there was minimal cost – real and opportunity – in giving Jackson that money.

They also apparently bought themselves some good will.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

Jackson – a 5-foot-11 point guard – played well in the D-League two seasons ago. He should compete with Tony Wroten and Isaiah Canaan for playing time.

This deal is likely structured like the 76ers’ others for second-round picks, two guaranteed seasons (possibly slightly above the minimum) and two non-guaranteed seasons. This allows them to get a fantastic bargain if the player turns out or easily cut bait if he doesn’t.

Jackson, due to his height limitations, isn’t an elite prospect. But he has good burst and a solid deep-shooting stroke. For Philadelphia, this is a low-risk bet worth making.

Report: Sixers willing to talk about anyone on roster, including Joel Embiid, in trade for more No. 1 picks

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The Sixers have been much maligned for their choice to go through an extended rebuilding process, one which has involved multiple seasons of bottoming out in order to gain the best chance of landing the highest draft picks possible.

Even the players ultimately chosen with some of those picks aren’t safe; we just saw the reigning Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams dealt at the trade deadline, along with a surprisingly talented rookie in K.J. McDaniels whom the Sixers were fortunate enough to land with a pick in the second round.

Sam Hinkie explained his reasoning for making those trades, and the rare availability of a high lottery pick was his motivation to deal Carter-Williams, while the ability to get what he believed to be an upgrade in Isaiah Canaan (along with another second round pick) was enough to send McDaniels out of town.

From the outside looking in, it may appear as though Philadelphia isn’t all that committed to any of its prospects on the roster. And a recent report that Joel Embiid may have been available for more high lottery picks only adds more fuel to that somewhat speculative fire.

From Mark Heisler of Forbes.com:

In an unnoticed development at last week’s trade deadline, the 76ers were still trying to trade up for a top pick in this draft, indicating a willingness to talk about Joel Embiid or any player on their team, an NBA source told Forbes.com.

Yes, that’s the Joel Embiid they drafted No. 3 overall last spring, after compiling the worst record and seeing the Cavaliers and Bucks jump ahead of them in the lottery.

The headline of the story screams “76ers Just Offered Anyone On Their Team For More No.1 Picks,” but that obviously doesn’t match the report, which is far less sensational.

A “willingness to talk” is not the same as offering up players in trade. Of course Hinkie is willing to talk about trading anyone on his team; that’s essentially a big part of his job. If someone really wanted Embiid and came calling with some insane offer of multiple No.1 picks, he’d be a fool to shut those conversations down.

Sixers’ Isaiah Canaan hits ridiculous buzzer beater (VIDEO)

Isaiah Canaan, Dwyane Wade

Maybe Isaiah Canaan should take all his shots like it was a game of hot potato.

That is the definition of bailing your team out on a broken play. It was near the end of the third quarter and Luc Mbah a Moute drove the lane, the ball got kicked out to the opposite corner but the Sixers never had control of it. The ball got volley balled to Canaan and…

That will be on highlight reels the rest of the season.

The shot tied the game at the half (of what was not a defensive struggle), but the Heat owned the third quarter and cruised on to the win.