Jason Richardson will undergo his season-ending knee surgery Thursday in New York City. Dr. Jonathan Glashow will perform the surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital.
A minimum five-day stay in New York following the procedure caught Richardson by surprise.
“I just found out today that I have to be in New York for two weeks. The doctor won’t let me leave,” Richardson said prior to the Sixers’ game against the Clippers. “They want me there so they can check up on me and make sure everything goes right. He said a minimum of five days and after four days I can ride a bike. So I will start my rehab in New York but after that most of my rehabilitation will take place in Colorado.”
Richardson resides in Colorado. Despite being allowed to ride a stationary bike fairly quickly, the guard will not be allowed to put any weight on his left leg for six weeks. The entire rehabilitation time is expected to be 9 to 12 months.
“The knee right now is OK when I am walking,” Richardson said. “Sometimes it does give way. If I turn a certain way I hear this cracking sound. When you look at me walking it is fine, but the minute I try to run or anything, it is not a pretty sight.”
Richardson played in 33 games for the Sixers this season and averaged 10.5 points per game, the lowest mark of his 12-year career. He shot 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the arc.
Richardson is under contract for two more seasons with the final year of his contract being a player option. He is owed nearly $13 million after this season.
The Sixers set their roster for the upcoming summer leagues in Utah and Las Vegas. The squad is compiled of incoming rookies, returning roster players and free agents.
First overall pick Ben Simmons will headline the roster. Twenty-fourth pick Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will also play for the Sixers. Twenty-sixth pick Furkan Korkmaz is not going to participate.
T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes and Christian Wood, who played for the Sixers last season, will play. The only other player with NBA experience is James Nunnally. He played for the Sixers and Hawks during the 2013-14 season.
The roster is rounded out by Bryon Allen, Javon McCrea, Alex Caruso, Maodo Lo, James Webb III, Kwame Vaughn, Levi Randolph, Shawn Long and Tomasz Gielo. Caruso, Gielo, Lo, Long, and Webb III worked out for the Sixers before the draft.
The Sixers will begin summer league action on July 4 in Utah against the Celtics.
Assistant coaches Billy Lange will coach the Utah squad and Lloyd Pierce will coach in Las Vegas.
A complete list:
Bryon Allen, Guard
Alex Caruso, Guard
Tomasz Gielo, Forward
Richaun Holmes, Forward
Maodo Lo, Guard
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Guard
Javon McCrea, Forward
T.J. McConnell, Guard
James Nunnally, Forward
Shawn Long, Forward
Levi Randolph, Guard
Ben Simmons, Forward
Kwame Vaughn, Guard
James Webb III, Forward
Christian Wood, Forward
The Sixers have been in need of a veteran point guard, and it looks like they have found one on the first day of free agency.
A league source confirmed the Sixers have reached a deal to sign guard Jerryd Bayless. According to the Associated Press, the deal is worth $27 million over three years.
Bayless, 27, is entering his ninth NBA season. Last season, he played for the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 10.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game. Bayless shot 42.3 percent from the field and a career-high 43.7 percent from three. He ranked fifth in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage last season.
The point guard role is unique for the Sixers. First overall pick Ben Simmons can play point-forward. While the Sixers will start him out at the four spot, eventually he will assume some point guard responsibilities as he develops in the NBA. Bayless is a good fit for this situation because he doesn't need to dominate the ball. He also gives the Sixers versatility in the backcourt with his ability to shoot.
The Sixers have struggled to find consistency at this position. Last season, they went through a pool of point guards before trading for Ish Smith in December. That acquisition wasn’t meant as a long-term solution, and Smith reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Pistons on Friday (see story).
The Sixers will be Bayless' seventh team. He previously played for the Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Raptors, Grizzlies, Celtics and Bucks. Bayless was the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft.
When Bayless played in Toronto in 2010-11 and 2011-12, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo was the Raptors' president and general manager. This is Colangelo's first free-agent signing with the Sixers.
The Sixers are going to hire former head coach Jim O'Brien as an assistant coach on Brett Brown's staff, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jessica Camerato.
FOX29's Howard Eskin was the first to report the hire.
O'Brien, 64, was the Sixers' head coach back in 2004-05, when he led the team to a 43-39 record. He was the Celtics' head coach from 2000-2004 and the Pacers' head coach from 2007-2011. In his nine years as an NBA head coach, he has a 303-327 record.
O'Brien, who is from Philadelphia and went to Roman Catholic, last coached in the NBA as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks in 2012-13.