Source: Wyatt to play for Sixers in Orlando


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 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 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 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.

Best of NBA: Cavs roll after getting rings; Warriors blown out

Best of NBA: Cavs roll after getting rings; Warriors blown out

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James had his 43rd career triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who raised their championship banner before the game, beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday night in the NBA season opener.

James scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists in front of a raucous home crowd that was on its feet from the pregame ceremony until late in the game, celebrating the city's first championship in 52 years.

James, who spoke to the crowd before the game, continued his perfect record on ring nights. He was 2-0 when the Miami Heat players were presented with their championship rings.

Irving scored 19 points in the third quarter, when Cleveland used a 20-4 run to take a 74-53 lead. Kevin Love scored 23 for the Cavaliers.

Carmelo Anthony led New York with 19 points and Derrick Rose had 17 (see full recap).

Leonard, Spurs blow out Warriors in Durant's debut
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 35 points and the San Antonio Spurs emphatically spoiled Kevin Durant's long-awaited Warriors debut Tuesday with a 129-100 rout that sent Golden State fans for the exits early on opening night.

Durant had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but little looked in sync for MVP Stephen Curry and the reigning Western Conference champions in a forgettable first game -- and quite a different one after the Warriors dominated at home and came out of the blocks last season with a record 24-0 start.

Leonard scored 31 points by the end of the third, LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 14 rebounds and Gregg Popovich thoroughly outdid a couple of his close friends on the opposite bench in reigning NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr and top assistant Mike Brown (see full recap).

Yes, San Antonio sent quite a message to the West.

Blazers win 16th straight home opener
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard scored 39 points and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak in home openers to a league-record 16 straight games with a 113-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.

CJ McCollum added 25 points for the Blazers, who trailed 83-77 at the start of the fourth quarter. They were still down 102-99 with under 5 minutes left before McCollum made a pull-up jumper and 3-pointer to give Portland a 104-102 lead.

Lillard made a pair of free throws before nailing a 3-pointer that put Portland up 109-102 with 1:02 left and the Jazz couldn't catch up.

Joe Johnson scored 29 points in his debut with the Jazz and Rodney Hood added 26, including a rim-rattling dunk in the third quarter (see full recap).

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.