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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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Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Stephen A. Smith's track record of predicting things is suspect to say the least.

So it's with great trepidation that Philadelphia 76ers fans should watch the below clip in which he predicts an NBA Finals appearance for Brett Brown's club this coming season.

Smith made the prediction on ESPN's First Take on Friday morning while sitting alongside NBA legend Magic Johnson (the joke about tampering with Giannis may have been the highlight of the segment).

"The Philadelphia 76ers are going to the NBA Finals," Smith declares. "I'm going to defer to my man Jalen Rose when he points out that Boston arguably has the best perimeter shooting team. We can't ignore that. Toronto lost Kawhi, ain't nothing to discuss. The Greek Freak, as phenomenal as he is, the combo of not having a reliable perimeter shot combined with Malcolm Brogdon being in Indiana..."

"My attitude is, I don't like the fact that Philly lost JJ Redick, that's a big loss to me," Smith continues. "The fact that Boston no longer has Al Horford and the Sixers do, not only somebody to pair with Embiid but to spell him whenever he's out. I'm going to believe Ben Simmons has been working on his shot. I'm going to believe Tobias Harris doesn't have to worry about co-existing with Jimmy Butler and that's a plus. I'm going to believe Josh Richardson can play at both ends of the floor..."

"I'm a little suspect on their bench, but I think the Sixers are going to be playing in June."

On the bright side for Philly fans, it's not like Smith is making some bold proclamation here. FiveThirtyEight's prediction model actually gives the Sixers the best chances of making the Finals of any team in the NBA given the East's weaker make up than the West. In fact, they give the Sixers almost twice as good a chance of doing so than the next closest Eastern contender the Bucks (54% vs. 27%).

So Stephen A. isn't going out on a limb, but it never feels great when he picks your squad in anything.

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

The Sixers' Statement Edition jerseys last year were the red uniforms that said "Sixers" across the front in an interesting script. It appears those jerseys will be different for the 2019-2020 season.

Chris Heck, President of the Sixers and Mr. #OnBrand, tweeted out an image of the new jerseys that look quite similar to last season's but instead of "Sixers" across the front they have the familiar "Phila" in script.

Give it a look below:

The jerseys also have the familiar stars down the side of the jersey. The team hasn't made an official announcement just yet so it's unclear what other details may have changed from season to season.

This Statement Edition will join the two regular jerseys, Icon Edition (standard blue) and Association Edition (standard white), alongside the recently unveiled Classic Edition jerseys that feature a throwback to the 70s look with that very interesting "Seventy Sixers" across the front and Ben Simmons sitting in a dope old-school car.

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