Eagles To Miss Postseason?

19 06 2010

According to Mike Florio in a recent column for thesportingnews.com, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of six teams that reached the playoffs last season but will not return during the 2010 campaign. Florio believes that the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints will also fall short.

Florio sites the fact that it will be Kevin Kolb’s first year, question marks on the offensive line, a defense that regressed under new defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, and a tough division as reasons he believes the Birds will have a tough time making into the final field of 12.


Stefanski Says Trade Won’t Change Draft Strategy

18 06 2010

Philadelphia 76ers GM Ed Stefanski attempted to dispell rumors today that the trade of Samuel Dalembert will alter the team’s plans for the upcoming NBA draft in which the 76ers hold the second overall selection. The team worked out Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors and Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins, two big men now believed to be options with Sammy’s departure, but pre-draft workouts were scheduled weeks ago. Said Stefanski, “I think we’re where we were before. The same draft options we had. We’re very fortunate to be drafting number 2. I don’t think (the trade) changes it a lot.”

Ohio State guard Evan Turner was believed to be the odds on favorite to be selected by the 76ers prior to the draft. Many believe he is the most talented player in this year’s draft pool. It’s been rumored that new head coach, Doug Collins, is lobbying for Derrick Favors however.

The wheels certainly seem to be in motion and this trade seems to be the beginning of a series of moves to retool the team. Stefanski said himself that he did not rule out pulling the trigger on another deal before or during the draft, saying “We are going to keep looking to see if we can tweak this even more.”

Philadelphia 76ers Trade Dalembert

17 06 2010

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a trade with the Sacremento Kings in which they will send Samuel Dalembert and his expiring contract to the Kings in exchange for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. The deal was first reported by Chad Ford of ESPN.

Nocioni has a bloated contract, with $6.85M, $6.65M and $7.5M remaining over the next three seasons.

Hawes is 7’1 and just 22 years old. He will become a restricted free agent after the coming season. Hawes can shoot from the outside, offering the Sixers an element they have not seen from the center position in quite some time.

Read more: http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/67249/20100617/sixers_send_dalembert_to_kings_for_nocioni_hawes/##ixzz0r8sLpieW

Iverson Returning To 76ers?

17 06 2010

During a chat with Philadelphia 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski yesterday, Stefanski explained that he was unaware of Allen Iverson’s future plans but did not say that the team would not be interested in bringing him back. “There is no news on Allen Iverson and we are not aware of what his plans are for the future,” Stefanski wrote. Iverson played in just 28 games of the last NBA season, 25 of which were with Philadelphia. He left the team for personal reasons following an illness to his daughter and his wife filing for divorce. News of both an alcohol and gambling addiction later surfaced.

Cliff Lee Returning To Phils?

17 06 2010

Jack Curry of the Yes Network had this to say on Twitter, “Spoke to baseball official who has regular contact w Phils. He said they are itching to add a starter and would love to get Cliff Lee back.”

Pedro Martinez Returning To The Phillies?

16 06 2010

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com, the Philadelphia Phillies have talked to free agent Pedro Martinez and his agent regarding a possible comeback similar to 2009 in which the future Hall of Famer became a starting pitcher for the National League champions in August and into the postseason.

“We have talked to his agent, but there’s nothing so far,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We are not negotiating, but we’ve been talking to him. It all depends on whether he wants to play or not.”

Sources close to Martinez told ESPNdeportes.com that he plans to pitch in the second half of the season and that he is undergoing a physical conditioning regimen in the Dominican Republic and Miami.

Amaro said talks between the team, Martinez and his agent began “a few weeks ago. We have talked to Pedro, but we don’t know (yet).”

Eagles Sign Te’o-Neisham

16 06 2010

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed their third round selection, defensive end Daniel Te’o-Neisham to a four year contract. Te’o-Neisham played college football at the University of Washington and is the 10th Eagles draft pick to sign, leaving only Brandon Graham, Nate Allen and Riley Cooper.