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Sixers' batting around combo of Dario Saric, Robert Covington in trade for Kawhi Leonard

Sixers' batting around combo of Dario Saric, Robert Covington in trade for Kawhi Leonard

The reports and rumors keep coming in as July 1 approaches.

LeBron James. Paul George. Kawhi Leonard. The three biggest names out there this offseason have all been linked to the Sixers. The latest report is surrounding Leonard and what the Sixers are considering offering the Spurs for his services — this after a report surfaced earlier that the Spurs are "ready" to move on from Leonard (see story).

The team has discussed several packages with ownership, including a deal that includes Dario Saric, Robert Covington and the Heat’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick acquired in the draft-night trade from the Suns, according to Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer. While the Sixers have discussed a trade internally, they have not made a formal offer to San Antonio, per Fischer.

The interesting omissions here are 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and the Sixers’ first-round pick this year, Zhaire Smith. The most likely reason is the Spurs’ current backcourt situation, which features Washington product Dejounte Murray and Australia native Patty Mills. Murray is just 21 and Mills just re-signed with the team last offseason.

It’s been reported from the outset of Leonard-related rumors that his preferred destination is L.A. This new report does say that he’d be willing to sign in a bigger market. The Sixers would appear to be an attractive option for Leonard, who was coached by Brown in San Antonio and has been treated by Sixers chief medical officer Dr. Jonathan Glashow. 

Of course Leonard comes with plenty of risk having only played in nine games this past season because of a quad injury. The murkiness of his relationship with the Spurs will lead to questions. And of course, his contract situation may cause some teams to be wary of deal for the soon-to-be 27-year-old.

The Sixers are star hunting and apparently Leonard is a prime target.

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Sixers Talk podcast: What will we see from Joel Embiid if season resumes?

Sixers Talk podcast: What will we see from Joel Embiid if season resumes?

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we put bow on remembering the 1983 NBA champs and discuss Joel Embiid's comments about feeling like he turned a corner at the All-Star Game.

(1:15) — Discussing the nostalgia of the 1983 NBA Finals.
(12:23) — Former Sixers who would thrive in this current era of the NBA.
(18:37) — Embiid believes he was on the path to dominate when the season was suspended.

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Tobias Harris calls for resignation of local politician over 'disgusting' press release

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Tobias Harris calls for resignation of local politician over 'disgusting' press release

After Ben Simmons had some pointed comments for the president early Tuesday morning, Tobias Harris took exception to a press release from a local politician.

On Tuesday morning, Harris quote tweeted a press release from Joe Gale, calling for the Montgomery County Commissioner to resign. 

Harris, who took part in peaceful protests over the weekend in the city in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minnenapolis, took it a step further by sharing a petition demanding Gale’s resignation.

It appears so many people attempted to access it after Harris shared it that the site’s server crashed.

This is apparently not the first time Gale has shared views of this nature. Harris retweeted the following:

Harris has already contributed to the community in a big way since signing a near-max contract this past offseason.

In October, he donated $1 million for a “community draft” to assist nine under-served communities in Philadelphia. In December, he spent the day at Bethune Elementary School in North Philadelphia, where he donated supplies and treated the black male teachers at the school to a night out at a Sixers game. He’s also made a variety of donations for COVID-19 relief.

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