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Shane Battier meets with Sixers, says “The playing ship has sailed”

Shane Battier

Former Miami heat player Shane Battier gestures to his former teammates before an NBA basketball between the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Shane Battier, the 13-year NBA veteran and two-time NBA champion, was in Philadelphia meeting with people in the Sixers organization Thursday.

Battier was one of the names rumored as a veteran player the Sixers might bring in to provide some leadership in the locker room (the Sixers recently signed Elton Brand for that role), so him hanging out with Sixers brass raised some eyebrows.

Nothing to see here, move along.

That according to Shane Battier himself, via Jessica Camerato and John Finger of

If you’re taking fashion advice from Sam Hinkie, you’re doing it wrong.

But it sounds like this was just another step in the Sixers management talking to veterans and making changes that will bring a little more stability — and a few wins — to the organization.