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Sixers hire former Spurs assistant Cameron Hodges as player development coach

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Sixers hire former Spurs assistant Cameron Hodges as player development coach

The Sixers continue to make changes as GM Elton Brand puts his thumbprint on the organization.

The team is hiring Cameron Hodges as a player development coach and not renewing the contract of John Townsend, a team source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey was the first to report the news.

Hodges has spent the last three seasons with the Spurs, serving the last season as a player development assistant. He worked under renowned shooting coach Chip Engelland, who took over as San Antonio’s head of player development after Brett Brown left to take the head coaching job with the Sixers. Hodges played collegiately at Minnesota State and professionally in Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg and Slovenia.

Townsend, also renowned as a shooting coach, was hired by then-president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo as assistant director of player development in 2016. Hodges will serve as a general player development coach, not specifically as a shooting coach.

The Spurs are often lauded for their player development program which has produced guys like Kawhi Leonard. This past season, guys like undrafted Bryn Forbes, second-round pick Davis Bertans and late first-round pick Derrick White all contributed in San Antonio this season.

Hodges actually spent a summer as an assistant on the Latvian national team ahead of EuroBasket 2017 so the team could monitor Bertans’ progress while the young power forward was overseas.

Chris Babcock is the Sixers’ current director of player development. Hodges will work under Babcock along with Lindsey Harding, the first female coach in the team’s history, Tyler Lashbrook, and Dwayne Jones.

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Why it makes sense that Kyle Korver signed with Bucks over Sixers

Why it makes sense that Kyle Korver signed with Bucks over Sixers

Sixers fans hoping for a Kyle Korver reunion got disappointing news Saturday afternoon.

The veteran sharpshooter is reportedly signing a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Korver’s decision was down to the Bucks and the Sixers. Ultimately, Korver chose the Bucks because of his relationship with head coach Mike Budenholzer. It makes sense. Korver enjoyed the best stretch of his career in four-plus seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, including his only All-Star appearance. The 2014-15 Hawks, which featured Sixers general manager Elton Brand and forward Mike Scott, won 60 games and got to the Eastern Conference Finals.

While the Sixers could’ve used Korver’s shooting to help space the floor, he’s 38 years old  — he’ll turn 39 in March — and would’ve occupied the team’s 14th roster spot. It’s a slight disappointment, but not a huge concern. With all things even between the Sixers and Bucks as far as both teams’ ability to contend, Korver chose to play for his former coach.

The veteran free agent pool is getting thinner, but there are a couple guys that might be able to help. Iman Shumpert is a veteran wing with championship experience. Shaun Livingston has even more of that experience from his time with the Warriors. Thabo Sefolosha is a 3-and-D type that is used to fitting into roles on winning teams.

The Sixers on Friday signed 7-foot-4 center Christ Koumadje to an Exhibit 10 deal, which we explained here. Koumadje is more likely getting a look for the Delaware Blue Coats than anything. The team has the minimum 13 players signed to guaranteed NBA deals. The maximum is 15.

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Sixers sign center Christ Koumadje to partially guaranteed contract

Sixers sign center Christ Koumadje to partially guaranteed contract

Updated: 6:40 p.m.

Elton Brand isn’t messing around when it comes to depth at center.

The Sixers are signing big man Christ Koumadje to an Exhibit 10 contract.

Koumadje, who stands 7-foot-4, is an undrafted rookie out of Florida State. He played with the Sixers’ summer league team in Las Vegas, averaging six points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 13.7 minutes a game. He also had issues with fouls, committing 4.8 a contest — players get 10 fouls in summer league play.

If Koumadje, 23, gets into an NBA game, he will be the first player from the country of Chad in north-central Africa to do so. He’d also be the tallest player in the league — if the Celtics don’t sign the 7-foot-7 Tacko Fall to an NBA deal. There is a possibility that Koumadje is simply an extra camp body and the team is giving him a hard look for its G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. 

The contract has an Exhibit 10 attachment. In that instance, the team has the right to convert the contract to a two-way deal. The Sixers already have their two-way spots filled with Marial Shayok and Norvel Pelle, but things can certainly change. If a two-way deal is not offered off the Exhibit 10, the player can be waived and then sign with the team’s G-League affiliate for up to $50,000, more than a general G-League contract.

Brand already made it a point to increase the depth behind Joel Embiid, signing veterans Al Horford and Kyle O’Quinn.

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