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Sixers renounce rights to 2017 first-round pick, Anzejs Pasecniks, team source confirms

Sixers renounce rights to 2017 first-round pick, Anzejs Pasecniks, team source confirms

The Sixers have renounced the rights to Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks, a team source confirmed Monday night. Sam Amick of The Athletic first reported the move.

Pasecniks was selected 25th by the Magic in the 2017 NBA Draft. Bryan Colangelo, then the Sixers' president of basketball operations, acquired him in exchange for a 2020 protected first-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick.

In retrospect, the trade has to rank among Colangelo's worst. 

According to a team source, the 23-year-old Pasecniks intended to play in the NBA this season. Given the salary-cap implications of having Pasecniks under contract as the team seeks to complete its bench, the Sixers decided it would be best to renounce his rights.

There's little to suggest Pasecniks would have been able to help the Sixers this year. The 7-foot-1 big man averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game last season for Herbalife Gran Canaria in Spain's ACB. Especially considering the size already present on the Sixers roster, Pasecniks seizing a role did not seem plausible.

Coincidentally, the Sixers parted with another member of their 2017 draft class stashed overseas Monday. The team sent Frenchman Mathias Lessort to the Clippers as part of the four-team sign-and-trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Heat and brought Josh Richardson to Philadelphia.

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Watch Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade share vulnerable All-Star moment over Kobe

Watch Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade share vulnerable All-Star moment over Kobe

A huge portion of the weekend's NBA All-Star Game was dedicated to remembering Lakers legend and Philly-area native Kobe Bryant, from the touching pre-game tribute to the players' jersey numbers.

There were plenty of Bryant jerseys among the weekend's attendees, too, including Sixers legend Allen Iverson, who sported a No. 8 yellow Bryant jersey during Sunday's All-Star Game.

Iverson was interacting with some fans at the United Center in Chicago when he bumped into Dwyane Wade, and the two shared a beautifully unscripted, vulnerable moment. Incredibly, one fan captured the scene, and video of the two legends' interaction surfaced Tuesday afternoon:

That's something special.

Wade and Iverson's NBA careers overlapped for seven years, including six shared All-Star Games. Bryant entered the league the same year as Iverson, and Wade made his final All-Star Game the year Bryant retired.

The three spent so much shared time in the league, creating their own stories and navigating their own paths, and it's an absolute tragedy that Bryant wasn't in Chicago this past weekend to enjoy yet another show from the league's stars.

Moments like this one help remind fans that, while players like Bryant, Wade, and Iverson often seem superhuman, they're ultimately people like us, and they process grief just like we do.

Good on Wade and Iverson for being there for each other.

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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