Delaware 87ers

Sixers sign 2014 1st-round pick to contract

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Sixers sign 2014 1st-round pick to contract

The Sixers didn’t wait long to fill their vacant spot.

One day after waiving Jacob Pullen, the Sixers signed swingman James Young to a two-way contract.

As a two-way contract player Young can join the Delaware 87ers, but pursuant to the signing date, he can spend up to 25 days with the Sixers. That does not include any time spent with the Sixers following the conclusion of the 87ers’ regular season.

This season, Young (6-6, 215) appeared in 20 games for the Wisconsin Herd, the new G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks. Young, 22, averaged 22.3 points (44.3 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range), 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 20 games for the Herd.

Young, selected with the No. 17 pick by Boston in the 2014 NBA draft, spent his first three seasons in the Celtics’ system. Most of his time came with the Celtics’ G League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Young will wear Jahlil Okafor’s former No. 8 with the Sixers.

87ers going with squarest uniform in history?

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87ers going with squarest uniform in history?

Who plays in the G-League under the sea?

The Delaware 87ers, that’s who.

Wednesday is Nickelodeon Night at the 87ers’ game against the Erie BayHawks and the home squad is going with outstanding SpongeBob SquarePants uniforms.

Outrageous uniforms are commonplace in minor-league baseball, but it’s great to see the G-League embracing an outside-of-the-box look for a good cause. 

The 87ers are raising money from ticket sales and a jersey auction to benefit CHILD, Inc., which provides programs for children and families that have been impacted by domestic violence.

Tipoff for Nickelodeon Night is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center at University of Delaware.

The 87ers entered Tuesday night’s game against Santa Cruz at 6-14 on the season, but maybe this is what they need to get them out of the Bikini Bottom of the standings.

Sixers' G League affiliate to be rebranded, play at new complex

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Sixers' G League affiliate to be rebranded, play at new complex

The Sixers' G League team is getting a new home next season: the 76ers Fieldhouse. 

The 140,000-square-foot, multi-purpose sports complex and youth training center will be located in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) partnered with The Buccini/Pollin Group to develop this as a center for Delaware’s youth sports. 

The 76ers Fieldhouse will hold approximately 2,500 fans for each G League game. The Sixers' G League affiliate, currently the Delaware 87ers, will be rebranded next season pending league approval. 

“I’m thrilled to congratulate the Philadelphia 76ers organization and HBSE on what is sure to be a best-in-class NBA G League facility,” NBA G League president Malcolm Turner said. “It’s wonderful to see the 76ers invest not only in the continued development of young players but also in the Delaware community through this innovative, multi-use building.”

The complex will feature three full-size professional basketball courts, a pair of indoor turf soccer fields, and a sports performance and athletic training section. Additionally, there will be programs on basketball skills training and development, physical fitness, nutrition and wellness. 

“We are proud to welcome the 76ers and their NBA G League team to the City of Wilmington," Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki said. "The new sports facility will be among the finest in the country for a city our size. This Fieldhouse, larger than the Chase Center, will be an outstanding venue for the Delaware sports-hungry public. This also answers our residents’ call for healthy options for our kids. Wilmington’s children will be primary beneficiaries of the many levels of programming provided by this magnificent facility."

A groundbreaking ceremony for the 76ers Fieldhouse is slated for the first quarter in 2018.