The first look at both the Sixers’ young nucleus and their new uniforms will be Oct. 4, when the team hosts the Grizzlies at the Wells Fargo Center for the first of five preseason games announced Thursday. The Celtics, Nets and Heat make up the rest of the Sixers’ exhibition opponents.
After the opener against Memphis, the Sixers’ draft-day trade partners in the Celtics come to South Philly for the first bout of a home-and-home. The Oct. 6 matchup is the Sixers’ final true home game of the preseason. The team will then travel to play the Celtics at TD Garden Oct. 9.
Next, comes an Oct. 11 trip to Long Island to face the Nets at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Although the Sixers are technically the home team when they play the Heat in their final preseason game, they’ll still have to travel more than a thousand miles. The game will be played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 13. It’ll be somewhat of a homecoming for Joel Embiid, who played one year at the University of Kansas in 2013-2014.
All games will be broadcast on the radio on 97.5 The Fanatic. The game against the Grizzlies can be watched on TCN, and CSN will have both matchups with the Celtics.
The league’s regular season will start about a week earlier this year to cut down on the amount back-to-backs teams play. With that, preseason slates have fewer games than the usual six or seven — the Sixers went 2-5 last year.
Last season's full league schedule was released on Aug. 11, so expect an announcement soon for 2017-2018.
The Sixers, who have an afternoon of cuts to make in order to get the regular season roster down to 15 before 5 p.m. on Monday, will waive guard Brandon Paul, according to a source.
Jake Fischer first reported the news. Paul has received interest from other NBA teams, per the source, and has not yet had talks about the D-League.
Paul, 25, appeared in four preseason games for the Sixers. He averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three.
Paul recently shared with CSNPhilly.com his challenges to pursue an NBA career.
The Sixers' roster stood at 20 after they signed Temple alum Dionte Christmas.
Cat Barber, Shawn Long and James Webb III also are expected to be waived and spend time in the Development League. Elton Brand announced his retirement and was waived last week.
Hours before Monday's 5 p.m. NBA deadline to finalize rosters for opening night, the Sixers signed former Temple guard Dionte Christmas.
Christmas, now 30, hasn't played in an NBA regular-season game since 2013-14, when he appeared in the only 31 contests of his career with the Suns.
He was a standout at Temple, where he averaged 15.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 130 games, leading the Atlantic 10 in scoring in three consecutive seasons.
Christmas played in the NBA Summer League six years in a row after going undrafted in 2009. He was originally signed by the Sixers in September 2009 after playing with them that summer in Orlando.
Christmas has also spent seven seasons overseas, most recently with Torku Konyaspor Basket in Turkey.
He had been planning to return overseas and play this season in Athens. On Sunday, he and his agent discussed the Sixers' interest and he decided to give the NBA another go in his hometown.
"Anytime I get a chance to come and represent for Philadelphia and get a chance to play with these guys, play in my city, I’m always going to take that shot," Christmas said after practice Monday. "This is me taking a chance at my dream and trying to stick in the league."
"[He's] Philly, can score, great guy," Brett Brown said. "We've had touches of him in the past, ticks a lot of boxes. He can come in and we can give him a look. Maybe he ends up part of our D-League program. He can score. So he's here on his own merits. He's a legitimate name."