LAS VEGAS — Summer basketball is just beginning for Furkan Korkmaz and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
The Sixers will wrap up Las Vegas summer league play on Friday night with a consolation round game against the Bulls. On Saturday, Korkmaz will fly for 11 hours to Germany and then Greece, where he will compete for Turkey’s under-20 team. He also will play in FIBA EuroBasket 2017 on the Turkish senior national team, which runs late August through mid-September.
It’s all part of the whirlwind of travel since signing with the Sixers and flying from Turkey to Utah to Las Vegas in the past two weeks.
“I think it’s going to help me a lot,” Korkmaz said. “This is all experience to play, to see the challenge.”
Luwawu-Cabarrot will spend a few days in Philadelphia before returning home to France to compete for his national team in EuroBasket as well.
“That’s your country,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said. “You have to play for it. You want to play for it just to make your family proud, yourself, and to represent the country.”
Luwawu-Cabarrot, along with Larry Drew II and Alex Poythress, will not play in the Sixers’ summer league finale. The team is looking to get other players more minutes. Korkmaz, Isaiah Briscoe, James Blackmon Jr., Jonah Bolden and Charles Jackson will start.