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Amir Johnson reportedly finalizing 1-year deal to return to Sixers

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Amir Johnson reportedly finalizing 1-year deal to return to Sixers

One day after adding a wing off the bench by acquiring Wilson Chandler, the Sixers shored up their depth behind Joel Embiid.

Amir Johnson is finalizing a one-year deal to return to the Sixers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Johnson, 31, re-signed for the veteran's minimum, per Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer, which would mean he will earn $2.39 million next season.

Last offseason, the Sixers signed Johnson to a one-year, $11 million deal. The 13-year veteran would go on to appear in 74 games as Embiid's primary backup in 2017-18, averaging 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game.

Other than Johnson, Richaun Holmes is the only other center option behind Embiid under contract. Though, 2017 draft-and-stash Jonah Bolden, who is expected to join the Sixers in summer league, could come over next season.

If Johnson did indeed sign for the minimum, the Sixers, who are hovering around the salary cap, would still have the room mid-level exception ($4.4 million) at their disposal. Although, Johnson re-signing puts the Sixers at 16 players under contract, and that doesn't include second-rounder Shake Milton or Bolden.

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NBA All-Star voting 2020: Where Sixers' Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons stand as fan voting nears end

NBA All-Star voting 2020: Where Sixers' Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons stand as fan voting nears end

With fan voting set to end on Monday for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, the Sixers' Joel Embiid sits third among Eastern Conference frontcourt players and Ben Simmons is eight among guards.

Below are returns from the Western Conference.

Pascal Siakam passed Embiid over the last week. Of course, Embiid suffered a torn ligament in his left ring finger on Jan. 6. He had surgery Friday and did non-contact drills following practice on Thursday.

If Embiid is selected for the All-Star Game and not able to play, Commissioner Adam Silver will name an injury replacement.

Embiid is a two-time All-Star starter, while Simmons is hoping for a second straight selection.

Fan voting has a 50 percent weight in deciding All-Star starters, with the votes of a panel of media members and players each accounting for 25 percent. All-Star reserves are decided by coaches' voting.

Starters will be named next Thursday, and reserves will be named a week later. The All-Star Game will be on Feb. 16 in Chicago.



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Sixers Talk podcast: Ben Simmons beasting early, but not scoring late

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Sixers Talk podcast: Ben Simmons beasting early, but not scoring late

On the latest Sixers Talk podcast presented by Wilmington University, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick discuss Tobias Harris coming up big late in games and explain why Ben Simmons isn't scoring late in games.

• The home dominance continues as we're starting to see a pattern down the stretch.

• Simmons has been a monster early in games, but has been held scoreless in the fourth over his last three. Should we be worried?

• More games like Wednesday's for Harris, please!

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