Sam Hinkie, on baseball trade deadline day, wants you to know he has no off switch … even if the deals are minor. According to a press release, “the Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have acquired forward Gerald Wallace and a draft consideration from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for power forward Jason Thompson.” What that draft consideration could be is unknown at this moment, since the Warriors don’t have a second-rounder until 2019 (according to Derek Bodner).
Wallace arrived in Golden State via the David Lee deal, and Thompson came to the Sixers in the Stauskas deal. It’s expected Wallace will be cut. We’ll have more here when more is known.
Dateline Philadelphia, April, 2020: Second-year wing-forward Bol Bol still hasn’t been cleared for 5-on-5 practice, this nine months after an undetected foot injury left Sixers fans shaking their damn heads over reports that the team’s first round draft pick would have to sit out his entire rookie campaign. Now, it appears, his second season may be in jeopardy as well. Even if he does play, scouts say Bol doesn’t really have a position. He’s tall, but too thin to play center, doesn’t have the post skills to be a power forward, and his handle is merely adequate and not up the caliber of most swing players. And then there’s that overactive pituitary gland…
Yeah, that sounds about right.
via USA Today
Scott O’Neil, for better or worse (for his sake), is the de facto public face of the Sixers. So he’s the one who has the honor of being inundated with Tweets and emails and ransom letters demanding to know why the Sixers didn’t tell the whole truth regarding Joel Embiid’s reportedly re-broken foot.
While the press release on Embiid said that he had “less healing than anticipated,” Bob Cooney reported that Embiid’s navicular bone was re-broken. So what was the deal? Just … details:
[Reader Jim, seen here, tells us that Tweet to O’Neil got him blocked.]
You know, tomato, tomahto, “less healing than anticipated,” “shit’s broke.” It’s all just semantics. And really, it is, because Embiid is missing the whole year no matter what. Just maybe next time he hurts his foot the Sixers can be clearer.
Kyle: I like Scott, but that’s a whole lot of BS about spending more time focusing on Embiid than explaining his injury to fans. Those are mutually exclusive things. Embiid can get the best care on the planet and the Sixers could still be super forthcoming about the injury. That’s what marketing and PR departments are for. Only idiots would actually put any stock in that sort of doublespeak. Seriously, why even Tweet that? The Sixers are asking a lot of their fans, for a whole bunch of reasons, and the last time a “star” player was hurt, the messaging was awful. It would be in the Sixers’ best interest to be over-sharers when it comes to injuries, setbacks, and further delays in the plan.
A week or so ago, when word broke that Joel Embiid would miss the entire upcoming season, I (and other non-doctors on Twitter) thought something seemed off. Per a Sixers press release when news of his setback broke, a routine CT scan on Embiid’s foot “[revealed] less healing than anticipated, an unexpected result since Joel was not experiencing any foot pain.” As a result, it’s been decided that surgery is needed, which will force Embiid to miss the upcoming season.
This morning, in a piece about the Sixers’ likely (slight) improvement this year, Bob Cooney grabbed a shovel and buried the lede:
Of course, there is the impending surgery on Joel Embiid’s right foot, which should be any day. Sources have confirmed to the Daily News that the navicular bone in his right foot was rebroken.
Under Scott O’Neil’s regime, the Sixers, for all of their shadiness and shadowy-figure … ness, have always told the truth. They’ve been very upfront about the team they put on the court being bad. They’ve been honest about the promise of future valuable picks outweighing the impact of certain current players. But this? If Cooney’s sources are correct, the Sixers outright lied. The fan base that has so rabidly gone along with all of their moves in the name of “the process” would have a right to be pissed.
As Kyle said in a previous post – about the Sixers’ messaging of the setback – “now that we’re facing the downside of the risk-reward platter, it will be in the Sixers’ best interest to be extremely forthcoming with updates.”
It’s like LOST. The producers, in the midst of fan questions and demands for answers, assured fans that they knew what they were doing and that they weren’t lying. We were told to trust them. Well, it turned out that they did lie – or at least go to great lengths to cover the truth – and maybe made the whole thing up as they went along. We all know how that turned out.
Dr. J said this was a seven-year plan. If the Sixers’ rebuild Season 7 looks anything like LOST Season 6, you’ll wish they just gave up now.
The story’s told, with facts and lies.
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Credit to Jim for the work on the flowchart
Somewhere, Dick Jerardi still thinks the Sixers should’ve kept Evan Turner.
If you’ll notice, the protected 2014 second round pick in the top left that was traded for a 2016 second round pick, Eric Maynor, and one of the 2015 second round picks (Arturas Gudaitis) used to acquire Nik Stauskas et al. was protected and itself never vested (top-45, 51-60 protected). The Sixers kept it and drafted K.J. McDaniels, who turned into a 2015 second round pick (Richaun Holmes) and Isaiah Caanan. So, if you’re keeping score at home, Sam Hinkie, magically, turned one 2014 second round pick into Holmes, Canaan, a 2016 second round pick, and a portion of the offering for Stauskas, Landry, Thompson, a protected 2018 first round pick, and the right to swap first round picks with the Kings in the next two drafts. WITCH! WITCH!
Full flowchart after the jump. Continue reading
Photos via Redditororororororor Barch88
The caption on that photo: “Was out at a bar on Sunday, saw this guy with no boot dancing around.”
Not even gonna call out Embiid for going full Bynum here (you never go full Bynum!). Rather, let’s call attention to that customized Chelsea kit. There has to be a line somewhere in every professional sports contract that once you accept payment for playing a game, you’re thereby not allowed to wear any jersey in public – your own or otherwise – and especially customized jerseys with your own name on them, and especially when they’re Chelsea kits. Yuck. What, were they out of his size in Liverpool?
UPDATE: Big weekend for Embiid: