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Sixers acquire James Ennis in trade with Rockets

Sixers acquire James Ennis in trade with Rockets

Updated: 10:57 p.m. 

After trades with the Clippers and Raptors on Wednesday, Sixers general manager Elton Brand made his third deal before the deadline Thursday.

Brand acquired James Ennis from the Rockets in exchange for the right to swap second-round picks in 2021.

To make room on the roster for Ennis, the Sixers waived Malachi Richardson. On Wednesday, the Sixers acquired Richardson, the Raptors' 2022 second-round pick and Emir Preldzic in exchange for cash considerations.

Ennis is a 6-foot-7 wing heading to his sixth NBA team. The No. 50 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, Ennis has played in 39 games this season for the Rockets, averaging 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. He's a career 36.2 percent three-point shooter and a long, switchable defender.

Based on how the Sixers' bench looks after the Tobias Harris trade, Ennis should immediately play a significant role for the Sixers. The team doesn't currently have much depth at the wing (see story).

The right to swap 2021 second-round picks is obviously not much to give up for the Sixers. Outside of that, all the Sixers are taking on is the rest of Ennis' $1.62 million salary for this season. He also has a $1.85 million player option for 2019-2020. 

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There's a giant statue of Joel Embiid in Brooklyn, but why?

There's a giant statue of Joel Embiid in Brooklyn, but why?

As many Philadelphia Sixers fans know, watching Joel Embiid play basketball can be awe inspiring.

Now, for tens of thousands of Brooklyn, New York residents who will pass by a recently unveiled sculpture, they'll have the chance to be inspired by Embiid in a different way.

New York artist Hank Willis Thomas created a 22-foot tall sculpture that was actually inspired by an image he saw of a Harlem Globetrotter standing in front of the Statue of Liberty. But when it came time to make the giant bronze sculpture, he used a three-dimensional scan of Embiid's arm, according to Brooklyn Paper.

The sculpture is titled "Unity" and was written about in the New York Times last month when it was unveiled:

“Unity” was originally called “We’re No. #1,” a more assertive title, perhaps recalling the historical competition between the boroughs that reaches back to the 19th century. “Unity” is a traditional and fairly conservative work, accompanied in the official news release by a statement that sounds politician-worthy: “This sculpture is a homage to, and celebration of, the unique and multifaceted character of the borough of Brooklyn,” Mr. Thomas says. “The spirit of Brooklyn has always been about upward mobility and connection to roots.”

The piece was five years in the making. On his Instagram page, the artist added, "It's about the process!" That can't be a coincidence can it?

Turns out, Embiid modeled for the sculpture quite some time ago (he's probably more jacked by now). Thomas was asked about Embiid's involvement by the folks at Tisch:

The sculpture is modeled after Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid’s arm. How did he become involved in this piece?

HWT: I had a studio visit with some people and they saw that I was doing a sculpture, so I was doing molds and casts with body parts of NBA players. They were like, “Do you need anybody else?,” and I was like, “Sure!” Then they said, “Well there’s this kid, he hasn’t started playing yet, but I’m pretty sure he’s gonna’ be good. You should reach out to him.” And that was Joel Embiid.

We reached out to Mr. Thomas to follow up but have yet to get a response.

"It's beautiful in a way, in terms of form, agility, suppleness," one New Yorker told Eyewitness News of the statue.

Philadelphians would agree. I'm curious what Nets fans think of Embiid flashing the No. 1 in their city for years to come?

Sixers Talk podcast: Brett Brown isn't sharing dessert with haters

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Sixers Talk podcast: Brett Brown isn't sharing dessert with haters

On the Sixers Talk podcast, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick discuss how great James Ennis and Matisse Thybulle have been off the bench, Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke's comments about Joel Embiid and more.

• What to make of Matisse Thybulle's role so far this season.

• How good has James Ennis been early on this season?

• Brett Brown made light of Dan Burke's comments. Is there anything to look into there?

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