Source: Wyatt to play for Sixers in Orlando

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Source: Wyatt to play for Sixers in Orlando

Khalif Wyatt will be a member of the Sixers -- at least for the summer.

A league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com Friday that Wyatt will be playing for the Sixers' summer league team in Orlando. The story was first reported by SB Nation's Derek Bodner on Twitter.

The Norristown native and former Temple Owl previously participated in a pre-draft workout with the Sixers.

"The Sixers workout went well," Wyatt told CSNPhilly.com in an interview last week. "It was a little bit of a dream come true -- just the chance to be at PCOM, you know, that's where Allen Iverson practiced."

Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said in his post-draft press conference early Friday morning that part of the reason for his delay in addressing the media was as a result of the team trying to put together its summer league roster.

Wyatt finished his senior season as the A-10 and Big 5 Player of the Year while averaging 20.5 points per game. He scored 30 or more points seven times, including in both of Temple's NCAA tournament games against No. 8 North Carolina State and No. 1 Indiana. He scored a then-career-high 33 points at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22, leading Temple to an upset of No. 3 Syracuse and the Sixers' first-round draft pick, Michael Carter-Williams.

Wyatt is also expected to participate in the Vegas Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks.

"Mark Cuban in Dallas was pretty cool," Wyatt said last week, referencing his pre-draft workout for the Mavericks. "He actually graduated from Indiana. He told me I almost gave him a heart attack."

Aiken and Galloway to play summer league
Former Saint Joseph's Hawk C.J. Aiken and La Salle Explorer Ramon Galloway will both be playing in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League, separate sources told CSNPhilly.com on Friday.

Aiken will play with the Sacramento Kings and Galloway will play for the Denver Nuggets.

Aiken left St. Joe's after his junior year. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 10.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in his final season on Hawk Hill.

And Galloway, who transferred to La Salle after two seasons at South Carolina, scored 17.2 points per game in his senior season, while shooting better than 41 percent from both the floor and three. He was the leading scorer on a La Salle team that reached its first Sweet 16 since 1958.

Sixers being cautious with Jahlil Okafor early in training camp

Sixers being cautious with Jahlil Okafor early in training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. — The Sixers lost Jahlil Okafor for the final 23 games last season because of a small meniscus tear in his right knee. Now they are being cautious as he prepares for his second year.

As part of the Sixers’ prescheduled load management for Okafor, he participated in a portion of practice and then worked out individually with head strength and conditioning coach Todd Wright.

“They just told me to relax once I did what they wanted me to do today,” Okafor said. “I was off to the sidelines. I feel fine. I’ll be good tomorrow.”

Okafor learned during his first NBA season that he should speak more openly with the staff about his body.

“Communication is key,” he said. “I think last year I didn’t really communicate how I was feeling, so I wasn’t able to get the help I needed.”

The team held three practice sessions in the first two days of training camp. Okafor said he knew the Sixers would be cautious with his workload. He is poised to improve upon his rookie year in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 53 games last season.

“I’m 100 percent healthy,” he said. “I’m all good.”

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- With Joel Embiid's excitement to be on the court following two years of injuries comes the reality of his lengthy setback.

Embiid is participating in his first NBA training camp this week. While he has impressed with his natural abilities and improved skills, Embiid is facing challenges as he gets accustomed to the league.

"Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball or shooting," Embiid said after practice Wednesday. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game."

Embiid has yet to play since being drafted in 2014. For the past two years he has worked out individually and in controlled settings. Practices, even in training camp, are different. 

"You see all the time when you realize he hasn't played basketball for a long time," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "He's trying to gather his feet and find his balance, he's trying to figure out stuff in real time speed on defensive assignments and rotations."

On Wednesday, Embiid went through practice without any minute restrictions and was feeling healthier from the cold and virus he had been battling (see story). Teammates have praised his physical presence and eagerness to compete. He makes an impact with his 7-foot-2 presence alone, but there is more he wants to improve. 

Embiid is adjusting to the speed of the game. He has been facing challenges with getting the ball in the post and spoke to the coaches about his frustrations. The staff explained they are focusing on pick-and-roll defense and getting out to run during training camp, but he will get that desired location in game situations. 

“You continue to see the size of Joel Embiid,” Brown said. “He's a big man and he's got a mindset to back up his physical gifts. He really wants the ball. He wants to get deep catches. He wants to dunk on people.”

Embiid always has been realistic about his transition to his rookie season. He has pointed out many times that he is a fast learner, and is anxious to soak up new knowledge and apply it to the court.

"It's really frustrating," he said. "But like I've said, you've got to trust the process, which I've been doing."