Philadelphia 76ers Get Young

7 07 2012

Sixers Lose Williams; Add Scoring Guard Young

Mike-Gill1 By: Mike Gill  |  Yesterday

The Sixers and Lou Williams have parted ways. (Rob Carr, Getty Images)

Lou Williams will not return to the Sixers after they agreed to sign guard Nick Young to a one-year deal.

“Philly, I appreciate you all. Unfortunately I will not be coming back … they decided to move in a different direction,” Williams posted on Twitter Friday afternoon.

In his place, the Sixers bring in free agent shooting guard Nick Young who at 6-7 averaged 14.2 points and he can shoot from the outside and score.

Young could serve as a scorer off the bench to replace Williams as the top scoring threat off-the-bench or move into the starting lineup at shooting guard to replace Evan Turner.  The Sixers like the size he brings to the shooting guard spot.

Overall, I like this move much like I endorsed the Sixers replacing Williams with Jamal Crawford (who went to the Clippers).  The Sixers needed more size and adding Young gives the them a big guard who can score 14-17 points per game.

PCPTAKE:  Significance here is a one year deal for Young.  Sixers seem to get that 2013 will be the year they can shed salary and finally make a move in free agency and are doing what it takes to position themselves to be players in next year’s market.

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Doug Collins Believes 76ers Will Resign Lou Williams

17 06 2012

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug CollinsLou Williams #23 Philadelphia 76ers believes the team will do what it takes to bring Lou Williams back to the team.  Williams opted out of the last year of his contract on Saturday.  Said Collins, “I know Lou loves the fans, the city, the organization, his teammates and has the utmost respect for coach Collins and his staff,” Rose said Saturday night. “Based on what Lou has done in terms of production on the court, leadership and excepting his role off the bench for the betterment of the team, I also believe the Sixers will step up to keep him like they did last summer with Thad [Young].





Lou Williams Likely To Opt Out and Leave Philadelphia 76ers

10 06 2012

The offseason could be a busy one for Rod Thorn and the Philadelphia 76ers. With the draft quickly approaching and decisions to be made on the state of their roster, there could be more than a few arrivals and departures.

Lou Williams Philadelphia 76ersOne of those departures likely will be guard Lou Williams.

Williams came off the bench and led the Sixers in scoring with 14.9 points per game this season, though his numbers dropped off during the playoffs. However, with an early termination option in his contract, Williams can opt out and test the free-agent market, perhaps to land a job as a starter elsewhere.

That’s exactly what the Sixers’ president expects from the team’s leading scorer.

“Right now I would say Williams probably will [opt out of his contract],” Thorn said.

Meanwhile, there were reports from the draft combine in Chicago this week that the Sixers were prepared to Read the rest of this entry »





Collins: Evan Turner Gets Increased Minutes With Lou Williams Out

5 04 2011

Lou Williams will miss the remainder of the regular season with a strained right hamstring that he suffered in Saturday’s loss to the Bucks.

Even though the Sixers have added veteran guard Antonio Daniels to the roster, coach Doug Collins announced that rookie Evan Turner’s role will increase in the wake of Williams’ injury.

Collins said after Monday’s practice that Turner will get a chance to reclaim a regular reserve role after having fallen out of Collins’ rotation.

Collins said that Turner, the second pick in last June’s draft, is most comfortable with the ball in his hands, which Turner will have as the backup point guard to starter Jrue Holiday.





Philly Sports: Quick Scoops

5 01 2010

EAGLES:  A few days back I told you to keep an eye on TCU’s Jerry Hughes as a potential draft selection of the Philadelphia Eagles.  In last night’s Fiesta Bowl, Hughes went without a sack but did apply constant pressure on Boise State’s quarterback Kellen Moore.  Hughes forced a fumble in the game and deflected a pass from Moore.  We’ve got a long way to go until the combine and draft, but Hughes name will likely be in play for the Philadelphia Eagles, who will draft towards the bottom of round 1 (maybe not too far to the bottom considering last week’s performance).

PHILLIES:  According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki the Phils have extended a minor league offer to relief pitcher Scott Eyre.  In other news, the team has agreed to a contract with Danny Baez pending a physical.  Baez has the highest ground ball to fly ball ration of all available relievers and thus should be a good fit for Citizen’s Bank Park.

76ers:  The team finished up a 5 game West Coast road trip with a victory over the Denver Nuggets.  The team went 3-2 on the swing and may be turning the corner now that Lou Williams and Mareerse Speights are healthy and the players’s roles are becoming more clearly defined in new head coach Eddie Jordan’s system.  Elton Brand continues to impress as the most overpaid 6th man in the NBA.





Report: Iverson To Return To Philadelphia

28 11 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Numerous reports have surfaced linking Allen Iverson to his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers.  A possible reunion has been a major talking point since Philadelphia starting point guard Lou Williams suffered a broken jaw.  The injury will sideline Williams for approximately eight weeks.  The move would make sense for the 76ers, who are ranked 29th in league in attendance, besting only the Memphis Grizzlies, the team Iverson started the season with but quickly became unhappy with his role on.  Iverson’s presence could certainly help boost fan interest, at least in the short term.

Just this Wednesday, Iverson, who is now 34 years of age, announced his plans to retire from the NBA on Steven A. Smith’s web site.  Now, just three days later, Smith is reporting that the Sixers are nearing a deal with Iverson which could be finalized early next week.





Sixers Lose PG

26 11 2009

The Philadelphia 76ers will be without starting point guard Lou Williams for approximately eight weeks.  Williams had surgery on his broken jaw Thursday morning, the injury occured during Tuesday’s loss to the Washington Wizards.