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7-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson to work out with Sixers

7-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson to work out with Sixers

Updated: 9:36 p.m. 

The MVP of the Big3 — and a seven-time NBA All-Star — is in Philadelphia and ready to work out for the Sixers. 

Joe Johnson, the 6-foot-7 38-year-old also known as "Iso Joe," will work out with the Sixers Thursday, sources confirmed. Marc J. Spears of ESPN and The Undefeated first reported the news. 

Johnson has been dominant this season for the Triplets in the Big3, a 3-on-3 league co-founded by Ice Cube which features four-point shots.

In 1,276 NBA games, Johnson has averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He spent the prime of his career with the Atlanta Hawks, posting 20.9 points per game in seven seasons with the team. Johnson's last NBA game was Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals, when he played five minutes for the Houston Rockets.

The Sixers' roster is close to capacity. The team currently has 19 players under contract — 15 who project to start the season on the active roster, Norvel Pelle and Marial Shayok on two-way deals and Christ Koumadje and Isaiah Miles on Exhibit 10 contracts. NBA teams can have up to 20 players during the offseason.

Of course, if the Sixers do decide they'd like to bring Johnson in, they might have some competition from the other contending teams Spears reports he's working out with, the Clippers, Bucks and Nuggets.

There's certainly no harm in the team working Johnson out. Despite Johnson's advanced age, his ability to create shots and score is something that might appeal to the Sixers, whose current wing options off the bench are Zhaire Smith, Matisse Thybulle, James Ennis and Furkan Korkmaz. 

Another notable inclusion in the workout is former Sixer Spencer Hawes, sources confirmed. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported Hawes' being part of the workout. The 7-foot-1 center played three-plus seasons with the Sixers, averaging 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds between the 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. Though the Sixers are already a massive team, there's next to nothing to lose from working Hawes out.

Hawes averaged 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in nine G-League games for the South Bay Lakers last year, shooting 45.0 percent from three-point range. He's certainly an intriguing prospect — just one who is 31 years old, hasn't played in the NBA since the 2016-17 season and doesn't fill a clear need for the Sixers. 

A.J. English will also work out with the team Thursday, a source confirmed. Sportnado's Nicola Lupo first reported English's workout. 

The 6-foot-3 English scored over 2,000 points in his college career at Iona. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, English played for Lavrio in Greece last season.  

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Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Stephen A. Smith's track record of predicting things is suspect to say the least.

So it's with great trepidation that Philadelphia 76ers fans should watch the below clip in which he predicts an NBA Finals appearance for Brett Brown's club this coming season.

Smith made the prediction on ESPN's First Take on Friday morning while sitting alongside NBA legend Magic Johnson (the joke about tampering with Giannis may have been the highlight of the segment).

"The Philadelphia 76ers are going to the NBA Finals," Smith declares. "I'm going to defer to my man Jalen Rose when he points out that Boston arguably has the best perimeter shooting team. We can't ignore that. Toronto lost Kawhi, ain't nothing to discuss. The Greek Freak, as phenomenal as he is, the combo of not having a reliable perimeter shot combined with Malcolm Brogdon being in Indiana..."

"My attitude is, I don't like the fact that Philly lost JJ Redick, that's a big loss to me," Smith continues. "The fact that Boston no longer has Al Horford and the Sixers do, not only somebody to pair with Embiid but to spell him whenever he's out. I'm going to believe Ben Simmons has been working on his shot. I'm going to believe Tobias Harris doesn't have to worry about co-existing with Jimmy Butler and that's a plus. I'm going to believe Josh Richardson can play at both ends of the floor..."

"I'm a little suspect on their bench, but I think the Sixers are going to be playing in June."

On the bright side for Philly fans, it's not like Smith is making some bold proclamation here. FiveThirtyEight's prediction model actually gives the Sixers the best chances of making the Finals of any team in the NBA given the East's weaker make up than the West. In fact, they give the Sixers almost twice as good a chance of doing so than the next closest Eastern contender the Bucks (54% vs. 27%).

So Stephen A. isn't going out on a limb, but it never feels great when he picks your squad in anything.

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

The Sixers' Statement Edition jerseys last year were the red uniforms that said "Sixers" across the front in an interesting script. It appears those jerseys will be different for the 2019-2020 season.

Chris Heck, President of the Sixers and Mr. #OnBrand, tweeted out an image of the new jerseys that look quite similar to last season's but instead of "Sixers" across the front they have the familiar "Phila" in script.

Give it a look below:

The jerseys also have the familiar stars down the side of the jersey. The team hasn't made an official announcement just yet so it's unclear what other details may have changed from season to season.

This Statement Edition will join the two regular jerseys, Icon Edition (standard blue) and Association Edition (standard white), alongside the recently unveiled Classic Edition jerseys that feature a throwback to the 70s look with that very interesting "Seventy Sixers" across the front and Ben Simmons sitting in a dope old-school car.

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