Sixers Sign Thad Young to Reported 5-year, 42 Million Deal

Sixers Sign Thad Young to Reported 5-year, 42 Million Deal

The Sixers reached a tentative agreement with Thaddeus Young on Friday evening worth approximately 42 million over 5 years with the fifth year reportedly being Young's option. All signs point to this being the right move for both sides. The Sixers bring back a 23-year-old player just starting to hit his prime on a reasonable deal while Thad gets to stay in Philadelphia, as he desired, to play for a coach he greatly respects and believes in. And he won't have to worry about his bank account either.

Earlier in the day the team announced they signed both of their draft picks, Nikola Vucevic and Lavoy Allen, while adding free agents Antonio Anderson, Dwayne Jones, Mike Tisdale and Xavier Silas to the training camp roster.

The only real move left to make it seems is to deal with restricted free-agent Spencer Hawes. Interest in the mostly unproven big man around the league has not exactly been red hot of late.

So Thad is back in the mix and Sixers fans have the pleasure of watching Doug Collins help attempt to him transform into a star. It'll be one of the many positives to watch for on this young team over the next few seasons.

It pretty much guarantees the Sixers roster will be the exact same this year as last season, minus Noch perhaps, but it probably would have been anyway, and this isn't the worst year to have a little consistency.

Thad's happy to be back in Philly, too.

A few of his tweets from Friday night:

Done deal ... I'm backkkk ...

Thanks to each and every one of my fans family friends teammates and
coaches who have been there step of way ... I appreciate you guys

Promise to continue to play hard with pride and all my heart ... I love Philly

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.