Sixers-Raptors: What you need to know

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Sixers-Raptors: What you need to know

Sixers vs. Raptors 7 p.m., CSN
Air Canada Centre, Toronto

Last meeting
The Sixers overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to roll to a 106-98 victory over the Raptors on Nov. 20 at the Wells Fargo Center. Jrue Holiday paced the Sixers with 19 points and 12 assists while Nick Young led the way with 23 points, 10 in the decisive fourth quarter. Young also had a season-high four assists.

Its all part of the Swaggy P movement, Young said after the game while wearing a sweatshirt that read, Swaggy P, which he says was given to him by a fan. They were double-teaming me, so I just hit the open man.

Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozen combined for 46 points

Records
Sixers: 15-21 (fourth place in Atlantic Division)

Raptors: 12-22 (fifth place in Atlantic Division)

Previous games
The Sixers face their fourth back-to-back in a row. This time they travel to Toronto a night after ending an eight-game road trip with their fourth straight loss. On Tuesday night, the Sixers trailed the Nets by a point at the half but were hit with an 18-2 Brooklyn run to start the third in a 109-89 defeat.

It was the third straight game in which the Sixers allowed exactly 109 points and lost by 20 or more points.

Toronto had won eight of nine before dropping its last two straight. Last time out, the Raptors took a 104-92 loss to Oklahoma City, despite Alan Anderson's 27 points off the bench.

Who's hot
Jrue Holiday had 19 points and eight assists on Tuesday night on 7-for-11 shooting, and went 3 of 3 from three-point land. Over the last 10 games, Holiday has averaged 18.5 points and nearly nine assists and five rebounds per game.

Spencer Hawes has found his shooting stroke, burying 16 of 22 shots in his last two games for 36 points. Hawes, however, had only one rebound on Tuesday night and has gone just 2 of 4 from the foul line in the last four games.

Who's not
Evan Turner continues to struggle with his shot. Though he led the Sixers with seven rebounds on Tuesday night, he shot 4 for 11. Over the last eight games, Turner is shooting just 36 percent (31 for 86).

Probable starters
Sixers
Jrue Holiday (18.4 ppg, 8.9 apg )
Jason Richardson (10.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
Lavoy Allen (6.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
Thad Young (14.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg)
Evan Turner (14 ppg, 6.7 rpg)

Raptors
Amir Johnson (8.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
Ed Davis (8.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
DeMar DeRozan (18.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
Jose Calderon (10.1 ppg, 7.7 apg)
Mickael Pietrus (22 mins., 5.9 ppg)

Injuries
Andrew Bynum (bone bruise) is out indefinitely.

Kwame Brown (personal issues) missed Tuesday nights game.

For the Raptors, Andrea Bargnani (elbow) is out.

Rookie Jonas Valanciunas (broken finger) is out.

Aaron Gray (flu), Linus Kleiza (knee) and Terrence Ross (ankle) are questionable for Wednesdays game.

E-mail John Finger at jfinger@comcastsportsnet.com

Report: Isaiah Canaan becomes free agent as Sixers don't extend qualifying offer

Report: Isaiah Canaan becomes free agent as Sixers don't extend qualifying offer

It appears the Sixers are letting guard Isaiah Canaan walk.

Canaan, who was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, is now unrestricted as the Sixers did not extend him a qualifying offer, according to a report Wednesday night by Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The qualifying offer would have been worth $1,215,696. Canaan made $947,276 last season.

Canaan, 25, has played parts of two seasons with the Sixers after coming over from the Rockets in 2014-15 as part of the K.J. McDaniels trade.

The 6-foot, 201-pound guard averaged 11 points per game in 77 contests (39 starts) last season, while shooting 36.3 percent from three-point range.

Canaan has not fit with the Sixers as a shoot-first point guard, averaging just 1.8 assists per game in 2015-16, a season in which he essentially turned into an undersized, volume-shooting two-guard.

The backcourt — specifically point guard — remains the biggest priority for the Sixers this offseason.

On Wednesday, the Sixers decided to retain Hollis Thompson for next season by exercising his team option.

Dario Saric reportedly says he's coming to Sixers, but Colangelo still cautious

Dario Saric reportedly says he's coming to Sixers, but Colangelo still cautious

When dealing with a foreign player like Dario Saric, you can't help but wonder if something is being lost in translation. Keeping in mind that language barrier, a Croatian website is reporting that Saric is set on heading to Philadelphia.

The quote from Saric, as translated by Twitter user @CroSports_ reads as follows: "Everything is leading in that direction. I'm waiting for this tournament (Olympic qualifying) to end so that I can sit down and work out a deal, then head over to the USA to sign. 

"I have one more year with Efes (Turkish basketball team Anadolu Efes) and [head coach Velimir] Perasovic wants me to stay, but I gave [the Sixers] my word. My word means more than a paper.”

The speculation over Saric has been an ongoing saga for the Sixers. While president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo is cautiously optimistic about bringing over the No. 12 overall pick, he knows that Saric putting pen to paper does actually matter. 

"It’s a very solid statement on his part and indicates his commitment, but nothing is official until the buyout agreement is finalized and he gets cleared by FIBA. Then he can sign,” Colangelo said to CSNPhilly's Dei Lynam. 

Remember, earlier this month Colangelo and head coach Brett Brown met with Saric in Istanbul, and Colangelo didn't have a strong feeling either way regarding Saric's chances of coming to the Sixers.

“I wasn’t pessimistic, I wasn’t optimistic," Colangelo said at the time. "I was somewhat neutral as to whether or not I felt he would be coming over and I still feel that way."

Saric has until July 17 to notify his current team, Anadolu Efes, of his decision. 

Sixers exercise team option on G/F Hollis Thompson

Sixers exercise team option on G/F Hollis Thompson

Hollis Thompson will be back next season. 

The Sixers exercised the swingman's fourth-year team option for the 2016-17 season. The option is worth just north of $1 million, according to Basketball Reference. 

Thompson, 6-foot-8, 206 pounds, has played three NBA seasons with the Sixers after going undrafted out of Georgetown in 2012. 

In his 225 NBA games (81 starts), he has averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He's also shot 39 percent from three and his 331 career three-pointers rank him eighth in Sixers history.