Tony Wroten wasn’t the only player to get a little banged up during practice on Monday (see story). Fellow Seattle-ite and University of Washington star, Spencer Hawes, twisted his knee doing defensive slides during a drill.
Brown said Hawes didn’t seem to have a serious injury and kept him out of the scrimmage. When Hawes went down, Brown said it kind of put a damper on the practice session until Wroten stepped up.
“Any time one of your better players goes down, it puts water on a practice from a coach’s point of view,” Brown said. “The players are looking around and Spencer is going to be fine. … But then the gym got going and Tony Wroten resurrected the gym and there was a spark because of him.”
Meanwhile, Lavoy Allen was back in the fullcourt scrimmage after taking a few days to nurse a sore knee.
“This was his day to come back and we’re going to just inch him a long,” Brown said about Allen.
Center Kwame Brown still has not participated in scrimmages because of a hamstring injury.
The Sixers are busy just days before the start of training camp.
The team plans to sign veteran forward Kris Humphries to a non-guaranteed deal, according to The Vertical.
Humphries fits with the Sixers’ plan for a versatile system. At 6-foot-9, he can knock down a long-range shot. Last season on the Hawks, he averaged 42.9 percent from 16 feet from the rim to the three-point line and 35.2 percent from three, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
Humphries also averaged 3.7 boards in 12.3 minutes. The 32-year-old is entering his 14th NBA season and will add to the Sixers’ growing group of veteran players.
The Sixers also signed 6-foot-1 guard Jacob Pullen, who was a member of BC Khimki in the VTB United League (Russia) last season. Pullen, 27, also has played in Italy, Israel, Spain, and Croatia. He was a standout at Kansas State (2007-11) and reached the NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons.
Pullen has been getting acclimated to the city. Earlier this month, he tweeted:
The Sixers will hold their media day Monday and open training camp Tuesday.
If you’re a die-hard Process believer who can’t wait for the Sixers' preseason opener, you’ll have a chance to see the team in action three days prior, albeit in a scrimmage.
The Sixers announced Thursday that they will be holding a Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 1 at the Palestra from 1-3:30 p.m. Tickets will be free to the public.
“The building strongly represents the toughness and perseverance of the city of Philadelphia and of the 76ers organization,” coach Brett Brown said.
While Joel Embiid likely won't play in the scrimmage (see story), the event is a good opportunity to see No. 1 picks Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons. Fultz’s summer league campaign was cut short by a sprained left ankle.
The scrimmage is also an early chance to get a sense of what Brown’s rotation may look like this year, his fifth with the Sixers and first in non-tanking mode.
The preseason will begin at Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 4, against the Memphis Grizzlies. The first game of the regular season is on Oct. 18, a nationally televised contest vs. the Wizards in Washington, D.C.