Gone are the days when a Sixers game was worth watching simply to see what number three was going to do next. That doesn't mean the Sixers aren't worth watching in my opinion. Sure there will likely be stretches of horrible play but this team should bring some excitement to the floor.
The key to that excitement, of course, is Andre Iguodala. The Sixers have until Wednesday to work out an extension with their star or otherwise have to wait until next summer. At that point, they would have the right to match any offer he receives from other teams. No rumblings about a deal almost being done have hit the Internetways. Andre will be playing his tail off this year to prove he's worth the big bucks. That could be fun to watch.
Contract or not, 'Dre seems to be up to the challenge of being the go to guy and facing the heat every night, "I've got to prove to the league that I'm a high-caliber player, and I plan on doing that." Glad to see the new A.I. brings the right attitude to the court.
D.A. over at the Inquirer points out that the best chances the Sixers have of winning doesn't necessarily rest in the hands of Iguodala, but rather the tall, skinny Haitian in the middle. As Sammy D goes, so go the Sixers.
Also of note, the Sixers exercised their extension on Rodney Carney. So far in his short career, he hasn't lived up to his draft position.
Updated: 9:15 p.m.
ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.
Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.
Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall.
Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.
The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter.
The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz.
At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.
The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.