By the sound of it, the Sixers might be ready to sign center Dewayne Dedmon for the rest of the season.
With his second 10-day contract set to expire on Saturday, the Sixers will have to sign Dedmon for the remainder of the season if they plan on keeping him around past Saturday.
Based on coach Brett Brown’s comments prior to Friday’s game with the Atlanta Hawks, the Sixers want to keep Dedmon around.
“I love him,” Brown said. “I think he’s been great. You take a 23-year-old who didn’t start playing basketball until he was 18 and have him be 7-foot and run the way he runs, how could you not love that energy? I’m thrilled with what he’s done.”
In 10 games entering Friday, Dedmon has 28 points and 39 rebounds and averaged 12.9 minutes per game.
Whether or not the Sixers keep Tiago Splitter after acquiring him from the Hawks for Ersan Ilyasova has not been determined (see story). In the meantime, get to know the newest member of the team.
Splitter already knows his coach
Brett Brown was working on the Spurs’ coaching staff when Splitter began playing for the team in 2010. Splitter was a member of the 2013 Spurs squad that won the championship the year after Brown departed to coach the Sixers.
Another international addition
This season, half of the Sixers’ roster is comprised of international players. Splitter is from Brazil and played on the national team. He was unable to compete in the Olympics last summer because of hip surgery. Splitter also played overseas in Europe before coming to the NBA. The location on his Twitter profile is “Smwhere in Usa or Brazil.”
First-rounder in ‘07
Splitter did not play his rookie season until 2010, but he was drafted in 2007. The Spurs selected Splitter with the 28th overall pick. He was chosen one pick after Arron Afflalo and one before Alando Tucker. That is the same draft in which the Sixers chose Daequan Cook at No. 21 and traded him to the Heat for Jason Smith.
Splitter on the mic
Nik Stauskas isn’t the only member of the Sixers with a broadcasting resume anymore. Splitter made appearances on the Hawks’ television broadcast this season and also for a Brazilian network during 2016 Summer Olympics.
Will Splitter raise the cat? He’s already raised his five-month-old puppy in this recent Instagram post.
The Bulls are apparently still after Jahlil Okafor.
Chicago has continued its trade push for the Sixers’ big man, according to a report Wednesday night by The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
In early February, the Bulls inquired about Okafor, according to a report by CSNChicago.com.
With Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline nearing, the clock is ticking on the Sixers’ possible trade of Okafor, who “will get moved” by the mandatory cutoff date, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge on Tuesday.
The Sixers already have one trade completed. They finalized a deal late Wednesday night that sent Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks for Tiago Splitter and draft pick considerations (see story).
With Okafor, aside from the Bulls, other teams have reportedly expressed interest in the second-year center, including the Pacers, Blazers, Mavericks and Pelicans (who are expected to be out of the running after landing DeMarcus Cousins).
Okafor is averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 23 minutes per game this season over 38 contests. Last season, he played 53 games (48 starts) as a rookie and averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds.
The 21-year-old has taken all the trade buzz in stride.
“Trade rumors are something that’s going to be part of my life probably for as long as I’m in the NBA," Okafor said on Feb. 4 after the Bulls’ reported interest originally surfaced. "I’ve been hearing it since I’ve been in the NBA about me being traded. I just try to focus on what I can. That’s being here on this team and trying to help this team win.”