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Source: Sixers agree to 1-year deal with PF Amir Johnson

Source: Sixers agree to 1-year deal with PF Amir Johnson

Another free-agent addition for the Sixers on Saturday.

The Sixers agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with power forward Amir Johnson, a source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jessica Camerato. This comes not long after the Sixers agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal with sharpshooter JJ Redick, according to a league source (see story).

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the Johnson deal.

Johnson, 30, has played parts of 12 seasons in the NBA, averaging 7.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game playing for the Pistons, Raptors and Celtics. Selected 56th overall in the 2005 draft, Johnson transformed from a bench piece to a starter. Of his 311 games played the past four seasons (split between Raptors and Celtics), Johnson has started in 297 of them, although he's expected to serve the Sixers as a reserve.

Johnson also brings experience and a growing jumper (see story). He has appeared in 42 postseason games, while last season with Boston, Johnson hit a career-high 27 three-pointers, connecting on 40.9 percent. The 6-foot-9, 240-pounder has averaged 22.3 minutes per game in his career, shooting an effective 57.4 percent from the field and collecting a block per night.

Sixers 2017-18 schedule released

Sixers 2017-18 schedule released

We already knew the Sixers' preseason schedule. We already knew they open the regular season Oct. 18 at Washington. We already knew they'll face the Knicks at the Garden on Christmas and the Celtics on Jan. 11 in London.

Now we know the complete schedule.

Ready for these 82 dates?

The Sixers will hold their first home game on Friday, Oct. 20, against the Celtics.

The Sixers will play 14 sets of back-to-back games. This is notable because last season Joel Embiid did not play in consecutive games. No word if that will be lifted this season, or if a similar restriction will apply to Ben Simmons in his return from a foot injury.

There are also 14 national TV games (the local television schedule hasn't been announced yet).

Ten of the first 14 games are on the road, and that includes a West Coast trip.

Here are key games to circle:

First game against Lonzo Ball: Nov. 15 in Los Angeles. The Lakers will play in Philadelphia on Dec. 7.

Defending champion Warriors: Nov. 11 at Golden State, Nov. 18 in Philadelphia.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers: Nov. 27 and April 6 in Philadelphia, Dec. 9 and March 1 in Cleveland.

Markelle Fultz vs. Jayson Tatum: Oct. 20 in Philadelphia, Jan. 11 in London (counts as a home game), Nov. 30 and Jan. 18 in Boston.

Christmas Day: Dec. 25 against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Amid busy summer, Justin Anderson eager for 1st full season with Sixers

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Amid busy summer, Justin Anderson eager for 1st full season with Sixers

Justin Anderson has been busy this summer. Training, getting to know his new teammates, traveling to China with the Yao Ming Foundation, finally getting settled into an apartment in Philadelphia instead of a hotel. 

His time also included appearing at the Sixers' Camden Youth Basketball Clinic, twice in three days this week. Jahlil Okafor also attended on the second day. 

“For me to even be invited is dear to me,” Anderson said. 

The camp, presented by Virtua, hosted over 900 children from the Camden, New Jersey area. It included basketball drills, dance lessons and fitness tests. Anderson addressed the campers and stressed the importance of health, respecting parents and school. He handed out boxes of Nike sneakers as well.

Anderson held a demonstration wherein campers stood on a basketball. Each second they could balance on the ball represented one season in the NBA. Then, he asked them to stand on a stack of textbooks. Each second represented a year of opportunities afforded to them because of their education. The seconds on the books far outlasted the seconds on the basketball. 

“It’s such a vital moment for them education-wise,” Anderson said. “I just want to put myself in a position to be a role model, be a mentor, and open up and allow these kids to see it’s cool to be in school, it’s cool to have fun with it, and also be able to be a good athlete as well.”

Anderson showed a natural ability to connect with the campers and lead a crowd. He plans to bring those aspects to the Sixers this season, too. 

“We want to make as strong of a playoff push as we can, and we really do confidently believe that we can make that happen,” he said. 

Anderson was traded in mid-February from the Mavericks in the Nerlens Noel deal and basically lived out of a suitcase for the remainder of the season. He considers not being settled for those months “the toughest moment” of his NBA career. Anderson can relate to those who are new to the team and aims to help them get acclimated. 

“[I want to] show these guys that even though I’m only 23 years old, I’m a leader in my own type of way,” he said. 

He looks to bring an even-keeled approach to the season. The Sixers are positioned to make a noticeable improvement from last season’s 28-54 record. Anderson understands this doesn’t always happen overnight. 

“Expectations are for us to go through growing pains but us to have fun going through them,” he said. “Us understanding that we’re going to create an identity of being very tough, hard-nosed under Coach (Brett) Brown. Obviously, we have a lot of young talent trying to figure it out, along with myself. But the best thing is being able to grow together.”

On the court, Anderson wants to contribute versatility on both ends. He could earn the backup small forward role behind Robert Covington, and also has the ability to play multiple positions. Last season, Anderson averaged 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24 games for the Sixers. He started the final eight games in place of Covington (knee). 

“I think my role is going to be one that allows to play different positions, guard multiple positions, being able to shoot the ball from deep, close, whatever the case may be,” Anderson said. “My athleticism being off the charts and being that energy guy who’s going to be one that brings that spark to the team. I’m just excited.”

Anderson is ready to get the season underway. He’s simply looking forward to participating in a full practice at the Sixers' training complex, something he didn’t have the opportunity to do because of the team's crammed game schedule after the All-Star break. 

“I wish training camp was tomorrow,” Anderson said.