After Matt took an in-depth look at all of the issues surrounding the Ilya Bryzgalov-to-the-Flyers situation, we're treated to a couple of new nuggets of information on this Friday afternoon.
As seen above, as depicted by Where's Weems, Bryz was out on the town seeing the fine sites that Philadelphia has to offer.
Word is that everything went well between the two sides, and while no deal is in place, everything seems to be pointing in the right direction for one to eventually get done. CSN's Tim Panaccio has the latest:
All indications from the Flyers is that things went well and no one will leave town worried something won’t get done.
The majority of hard negotiating, apparently, was completed Thursday. Neither side would comment.
And then there was word that Bryzgalov has joined Twitter. (we haven't confirmed that is in fact him, but it appears to be so)
One tweet read: " Ждите новостей !! Скоро скоро"
Which Google translates as such, "expect news soon soon."
And then there was the official word from Paul Holmgren, "We
have spoken with Ilya and his agent Ritch Winter about many different
scenarios. As for now, we both know each other’s position and have
agreed to speak again next week."
The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica.
Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain.
While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.
Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.
No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.
Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.
The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.
While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end.
Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.
Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1.
Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off.
Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets:
- Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
- Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
- Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
- Robert Covington: 12.5 points
- Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds