The Sixers’ offseason isn’t done yet.
After the whole Nemanja Bjelica situation, many thought the Sixers weren’t going to do anything. That’s not the case.
It reportedly starts with Carmelo Anthony and a 2022 first round pick going from the Thunder to the Hawks for Dennis Schröder and Mike Muscala. Melo will eventually be bought out so he can sign with another team, probably Houston. But minutes later, this Woj report turned into a three-team deal that involved the Sixers.
Philly is expected to get Muscala and send Justin Anderson to Atlanta and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot to Oklahoma City. Muscala played a lot of center last year in Atlanta, but he’s seen as a possible stretch four.
It hasn’t been officially announced yet. That’s because the Sixers are still smelling another move:
Multiple league sources said the three-team trade is not expected to be completed in the coming days. One of the sources said that’s because the #Sixers are working on another move.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) July 19, 2018
That possible move? A reunion of sorts:
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) July 20, 2018
According to one of Pompey’s sources, the trade could take up to 10 days to complete. So prepare to wait for some time.
So with the second unit, you’re looking at TJ/Fultz, Fultz/Chandler/Korver, Korver/Chandler, Muscala, Johnson. Six guys would currently make the unit to first come off the bench. Maybe someone gets moved?
We have baseball tonight. The Phillies unofficially start the second half of the season at home as they take on the San Diego Padres in a three-game series beginning tonight at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Jake Arrieta will take the mound.
There are plenty of questions for the Phillies to answer as the push to the playoffs intensifies:
3. Which version of Franco will show up in the second half?
Cesar Hernandez, Rhys Hoskins, Odubel Herrera, and Carlos Santana are fixtures in the Phillies lineup. When Franco hits the way he has lately (25 for 71, six doubles, four homers, 1.016 OPS over the last 22 games), he puts himself into that category.
The problem, of course, is that the 25-year-old third baseman tends to disappear for long stretches.
Hitting coach John Mallee has worked with Franco on hitting the ball in the air more often and reaching base with greater consistency. Maybe Franco is finally getting the message. Or perhaps another cold spell is lurking. Franco’s ability to remain productive could influence the Phillies’ aggressiveness in shopping for another hitter.
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Jason Kelce has been moved. For one day:
ROSTER MOVE: Philadelphia Orchestra acquires baritone saxophonist Jason Kelce (for one day).
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 19, 2018
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