Tag: Tim Ohlbrecht


Sixers sign Daniel Orton for rest of training camp


The Philadelphia 76ers are trying to find any kind of big man rotation that might work. And by might work I mean be better than the Kentucky front line, not actually win the Sixers a bunch of games.

We shouldn’t sell the solid Spencer Hawes short, and if he eventually pairs with a healthy Nerlens Noel there is potential, but the rest of bigs in Sixers camp isn’t inspiring: Lavoy Allen, Kwame Brown, Mac Kowshal and Arnett Moultrie.

Now you can add Daneil Orton to the mix — he is in and Tim Ohlbrecht is out, reports CSNPhilly.com. This is not a guaranteed contract; the Sixers can still cut Orton.

Orton, a power forward, was the No. 29 pick in the first round by the Magic, he spent two years in Orlando, they let him go and he spent last year on Oklahoma City’s bench, but was waived again.

We’ll see if he can even make the Sixers roster. He has shown a limited offensive game and hasn’t dome much on defense — he spent a chunk of time (31 games) in the D-League last season, we’ll see if those minutes helped his game at all.

Sixers’ Arnett Moultrie out until January after ankle surgery

Arnett Moultrie, Ben Gordon

Following up on a rookie season where he played pretty well in a very limited role, Arnett Moultrie was going to get his chance at the start of the year to prove he could be key to the rebuilding Sixers, getting big minutes at the four.

Now he is out until the new year following ankle surgery, something reported by the team and confirmed by CSNPhilly.com.

He had surgery on his left ankle. Moultrie had ankle problems a year ago, something that kept him out of Summer League after he was drafted near the end of the first round in 2012.

This summer Moultrie had showed promise at Summer League, averaging 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 46.2 percent for the Sixers.

With Moultrie out the Sixers will lean heavily on Lavoy Allen. Royce White and Tim Ohlbrecht also can play the four, but we’ll see what they can get out of that group.

Philly is pretty banged up at the center spot as well. Nerlens Noel will be out the first couple months of the season and Kwame Brown is getting a second opinion on a hamstring issue, so that leaves Spencer Hawes and not much else.

I’d say this means the Sixers will struggle but they were going to struggle anyway. By design.

Philadelphia 76ers will likely bring 20 players to training camp

Khalif Wyatt, Christian Watford

The Philadelphia 76ers currently have 14 players listed on their roster, though it sounds as though there will be a few more new faces on the team when training camp gets started. As in at least six new faces because new general manager Sam Hinkie would like to take 20 players to training camp and whittle his roster down from there.

NBA teams typically bring in a couple players over the 15-man limit for the purpose of practice bodies or in order to stash certain players on their NBA Development League squads. It’s rare for a team to be able to convince 20 total players that they all have a chance to make a 15-man roster, however, especially if there aren’t any cash incentives to pass up potentially lucrative overseas offers.

Hinkie plans to pull it off, though, according to comments he made to Keith Pompey of the Phiadelphia Inquirer.

“In training camp, you can have up to 20 players,” Hinkie said. “I’m not the kind of guy that you can say that likes to miss out on opportunities. “The chance to have 20 is another chance to learn more about people.”

Pompey reports that Temple standout Khalif Wyatt will likely be one of the training camp invitees vying for a spot on this year’s final roster.

It’s going to be interesting to watch the Sixers roster take form. Along with the slew of training camp invitees Hinkie expects to add, Nerlens Noel and Jason Richardson aren’t going to be ready for the start of the year, Royce White might not be wanted in Philadelphia and both James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht are on non-guaranteed contracts after being picked up on waivers from the Houston Rockets earlier this summer.

76ers finally ready to enter free-agent marketplace

Sam Hinkie

The 76ers, for my money, had one of the best offseasons in the NBA. Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick was a great trade, one that gave Philadelphia clear direction.

In their rebuilding efforts, the 76ers made a few other small moves: drafting Michael Carter-Williams, trading for Royce White and Furkan Aldemir and claiming James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht off waivers.

But the 76ers haven’t signed a single free agent. Now, they’re ready to enter the free-agent marketplace.

Via Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

“We have needs all around,” Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said. “We are going to look for guys who can be a part of our future and have a chance, some guys who can grow with our team.”

“We can be flexible,” Hinkie said of free agency. “We have lots of guys that can play several different positions. . . . So we will move guys around if we find people that we think we can feel comfortable with.”

All the top free agents have already signed, but that shouldn’t disappoint the 76ers. They’re tanking next year, anyway, so there’s no sense in paying for a big-time – or even a medium-time – free agent who’s good enough to help the team win and hurt its lottery odds.

Look for Philadelphia to mine the dredges for undervalued prospects with few other options – players the 76ers can sign to long-term deals with little to no guaranteed money. That will give Philadelphia a chance of possessing quality contracts when its ready to contend in a couple years. 

Veterans who can help teach the team’s young players could also be options.

Really, the 76ers’ No. 1 goal in free agency is not signing anyone who will hurt their lottery odds. At this point, they shouldn’t have to worry much.

76ers claim a couple former Rockets off waivers

James Anderson, Quincy Pondexter

Sam Hinkie is turning the 76ers into the Rockets of the East.

The former Houston executive vice president of basketball operations and new Philadelphia general manager already traded for Royce White and Furkan Aldemir. Now, Hinkie is adding two more Rockets.

CSN Philly:

A league source has informed CSNPhilly.com’s Dei Lynam that the Sixers have been awarded James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht — who were released by the Houston Rockets — off waivers.

This is a no-risk move for the 76ers, who will assume the current contracts of Anderson and Ohlbrecht. Both have unguaranteed minimum contracts for the next two years, and either or both could be released before the upcoming season without penalty.

The Rockets had to waive Anderson and Ohlbrecht to make room for Dwight Howard, obviously a worthwhile move. But Hinkie should know better than any general manager outside Houston whether they’re worth a shot.