Report: 76ers expect Jordan McRae to reject required tender

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Jordan McRae – the No. 58 pick in the 2014 NBA draft who spent last season in Australia – was reportedly on track to sign with the 76ers this year.

They even extended him the required tender.

But, apparently, either the initial report was inaccurate or the plan is changing.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain of Philadunkia:

If McRae rejects the required tender – a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum – the 76ers will retain his rights for another year. They’d surely appreciate that. Philadelphia could allow McRae to develop without paying him or having him occupy a roster spot.

That last bit is especially important, as the 76ers have signed 19 players. They’ve also reportedly agree to give T.J. McConnell a partially guaranteed contract. That would give them the offseason limit of 20 players, leaving no room for McRae.

There also wouldn’t be room for Arsalan Kazemi, the No. 54 pick in the 2013 draft who posted a photo of his required tender:

Kazemi rejected the tender the previous two years to play overseas. I’d be surprised if this year is any different.