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-Nuggets 5 things: Defense needs to improve to stop skid

Sixers-Nuggets 5 things: Defense needs to improve to stop skid

The Sixers (4-16) close out their four-game homestand against the Denver Nuggets (7-13) at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night (7 p.m./CSN and CSNPhilly.com).

Let's take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Missing the stop sign
Apparently, tis the season for giving up points.

The Sixers' defense folded again in their latest loss, a 107-106 defeat to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. The Sixers have allowed 107.8 points per game this season (25th in the NBA) and 109.1 during their six-game losing skid.

The Sixers let All-Star Isaiah Thomas do the damage on Saturday as he scored 37 points to become the fifth point guard to reach the 30-point plateau against them this season.

On the other side, the Nuggets' defense has actually been even worse. They rank 27th in the league with 109.5 points allowed per game.

2. Hello again
With Joel Embiid also making his debut this season, Dario Saric was always going to play second fiddle when it came to rookies on the Sixers' roster. That has certainly been the case now that Embiid has been putting up dominant numbers while Saric has been up and down.

However, Saric was on the same level as his fellow rookie against the Celtics. The Croatian broke out of a recent slump to notch a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, which both matched career highs.

That performance also included this highlight-reel moment when Saric destroyed Jonas Jerebko's ankles (see video).

“I prepared a little bit more for this game,” Saric said (see story). “After I have some bad rhythm of five or six, maybe, games. Now I concentrate more. I try to give my best, try to play my best, try to think before everything happens.”

3. Clean the glass
The Sixers will need a similar effort from Saric on the boards if they want to compete with the Nuggets.

Denver is the No. 1 rebounding team in the entire NBA with 49.6 rebounds per game. The Nuggets attack the glass on both ends, too, as they are tops in defensive rebounding and No. 2 in offensive rebounding.

The offensive boards are also a main reason Denver sits third in second-chance points with 15.6 a night.

None of that bodes well for a Sixers team that rates just 20th overall in rebounding.

4. Injuries
Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is questionable. Robert Covington (knee/illness), Jerryd Bayless (wrist), Nerlens Noel (knee) and Ben Simmons (foot) are out for the Sixers.

Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Gary Harris (foot) are out for the Nuggets.

5. This and that
• The Sixers lost both meetings with the Nuggets last season by a combined four points.

• Monday's game will feature both players who won the NBA's Rookie of the Month awards in Embiid and Nuggets guard Jamal Murray. Embiid is averaging 18.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 23.2 minutes per game. Murray is putting up 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.7 minutes a night.

• In seven career games against the Sixers, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried has averaged 7.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Those are actually his lowest and third-lowest marks, respectively, against any NBA team.

Joel Embiid to play Monday vs. Nuggets; Jahlil Okafor questionable (illness)

Joel Embiid to play Monday vs. Nuggets; Jahlil Okafor questionable (illness)

CAMDEN, N.J. -- In following with his back-to-back plan, Joel Embiid will play Monday against the Nuggets at home and will not play Tuesday against the Grizzlies in Memphis. Embiid will be on a 28-minute restriction, established last week. 

"Obviously I wanted to play against Memphis," Embiid said after shootaround Monday. "Marc Gasol, great guy to play against. I wanted to do that but we've got Denver, especially at home. I know the fans that want to see team, that want to see me play. So that was a big factor into choosing, deciding to play this game."

The Sixers may be without fellow big Jahlil Okafor, who missed shootaround because of illness. He is questionable for Monday's game. 

Robert Covington will miss his second straight game with a left knee sprain. He also has flu-like symptoms. He will not travel to Memphis or New Orleans. 

Jerryd Bayless also remains sidelined with left wrist soreness. His status to join the team for the next two games on the road is questionable. 

Nerlens Noel, who is rehabbing with the Sixers, will not join the team on trip.