After three and a half seasons in Philadelphia, Evan Turner was traded to the Pacers on Thursday.
One day later, Turner thanked Sixers fans on his Instagram account, posting a picture from his introductory press conference in 2010.
Here's what the former Sixer had to say:
"Seems like it was just yesterday I was at this press conference introduced as the newest member to the philadelphia 76ers. That moment was a great moment and it was even more of a shock the way the fans welcomed me to the city by greeting me at the train station with @christiancrosby leading the was and@preston76 directing me every step of the way.
"Since then ive had some good and bad moments but im lucky that i was able to be coached by great people and play with talented teamates who were able to lead the franchise to the playoffs twice. Even through the rough times i still appreciated the support and passion that the true fans showed myself and my teammates.
"Even though this year has been rough I definitely appreciated going through the trials and tribulations with hardworking people such as my teammates and coaches.
"I believe the future is bright for the organization because Coach [Brett] Brown is a determined, positive and passionate leader. I very lucky to have the opportunity to play for him and learn from him. To my loyal supporters, I would like to thank you for standing behind through it all and making my time in Philly memorable. God bless you all!"
To read his full comment, click here.
The Sixers on Monday acquired controlling stake in Team Dignitas and Team Apex, two eSport companies.
The companies will be combining under the Team Dignitas banner. The Sixers become the first North American sports franchise to acquire an eSports team and intend to manage the day-to-day operations of Team Dignitas.
"There is a tremendous opportunity to leverage the infrastructure, resources and experience of the Sixers organization to support these exciting teams as they continue to compete at the highest levels across multiple games," Sixers managing general partner Josh Harris said in a statement. "We see our entrance into eSports as a natural extension of our expanding interests in traditional sports and entertainment and are confident that our involvement will accelerate the already rapid pace of growth in eSports as a whole.”
Team Dignitas and Team Apex have created games such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Smite.
Sixers training camp begins on Tuesday and there are plenty of questions as they enter a new chapter following a 10-win season and three tumultuous years of losing.
Here are five things to keep an eye on during camp as the Sixers prepare for the 2016-17 season.
How much will Joel Embiid play?
Embiid will begin the season under restrictions. What those parameters are remain to be determined. The Sixers will continue to proceed with caution for Embiid's NBA debut after two foot surgeries in as many years. It is unlikely he will play in back-to-backs to begin the season, and minutes will be allocated as the team assesses him during camp. The restrictions will create playing opportunities for other bigs in the meantime.
Who will start?
The Sixers have to set a starting five within an unbalanced roster. The team is loaded in the frontcourt and there are only so many positions to go around. Brett Brown said Jerryd Bayless would be the starting point guard if the season began today, and Gerald Henderson appears to be the lock at two-guard. Ben Simmons is the only certainty in the frontcourt, filling the four-spot. The Sixers will have to select a small forward and a center from the plethora of bigs. Expect the starting five to change throughout the season, especially as Embiid gets more games under his belt.
How will the team be different?
The improvement in the wins and losses column is a given. Now, the team is implementing changes off the court intended to have significant effects this season. They expect the new 125,000-square-foot training complex to provide a one-stop shop for all the players' daily needs. The facility was designed so players and staff could spend most of their time there and foster relationships with one another, focus on basketball and create an environment in which they know they can improve. There is also an emphasis on what Brown described as career-best fitness. The team is looking to play uptempo, and players will be pushed to amp up their health, strength and conditioning to compete within that system.
What will Simmons' role be?
Simmons has the unique versatility to be a point-forward. At 6-foot-10, he has the size of a frontcourt player as well as the ball handling skills and court vision of a point guard. There will be times when Simmons is tasked with running the floor. However, Brown has said point guard is the most challenging position and he does not want to throw Simmons into that right away. The Sixers bolstered their depth by adding Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez. Simmons will manage the floor at times, but it won't be his main responsibility.
How will the Noel situation play out?
There are too many bigs. That was the case last season with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor and the issue still remains, only now Simmons, Embiid and Dario Saric are also in the mix. Noel expressed his uneasiness of the situation to the Philadelphia Inquirer (see story). There is a lingering logjam that has to be sorted out with a trade this season. Who is moved remains to be seen.
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