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Sixers sign veteran wing Corey Brewer to 10-day contract

Sixers sign veteran wing Corey Brewer to 10-day contract

Updated: 6:25 p.m. 

The Sixers have filled their open roster spot. For the time being, anyway.

General manager Elton Brand signed veteran Corey Brewer to a 10-day deal on Tuesday.

Brewer was among a group of players the Sixers had recently worked out that included Brandon Rush and Jodie Meeks

A back-to-back national champion at Florida in 2006 and 2007, the 32-year-old Brewer also has an NBA title, with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. He's averaged 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 11 NBA seasons, and last played in the league last season, appearing in 72 total games for the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Brewer, who will wear uniform No. 00 for the Sixers, is available for Tuesday night's game vs. the Timberwolves. The veteran explained why he signed a 10-day deal with the Sixers.

For me, I love playing basketball. I just wanted another opportunity. I feel like I did enough last year that I should be on a team. But sometimes things don’t work out the right way … you can’t look it like that. An opportunity is an opportunity. I get to come here, and I gotta prove myself.

The 6-foot-9 Brewer will have a chance to show he can provide some of the perimeter defense and athleticism the Sixers have been lacking off the bench. The Sixers have had a vacant roster spot since their trade for Jimmy Butler, when they acquired two players (Butler and Justin Patton) in exchange for three (Dario Saric, Robert Covington and Jerryd Bayless).

Head coach Brett Brown said Brewer was appealing to the Sixers because he's "good people," a "prideful defender" and capable of hitting an outside shot — though Brewer is just a 28.3 percent three-point shooter for his career. Brown also mentioned that he remembers Brewer being a threat running the floor early in his career. 

Brewer still thinks he can be effective in transition with the Sixers.

“I’m like a glue guy," he said. "I do all the little stuff. I play hard, I’m going to run hard and I feel like the way Ben [Simmons] pushes it, that’s right up my alley.”

The team will have a chance to assess Brewer and determine if it wants to sign him to a longer deal prior to the Feb. 7 trade deadline. Over the next 10 days, the Sixers play five games — against the Timberwolves, Pacers, Thunder, Rockets and Spurs. 

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Sixers' Tobias Harris joins protest in Philadelphia after death of George Floyd

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Sixers' Tobias Harris joins protest in Philadelphia after death of George Floyd

Sixers forward Tobias Harris was among those protesting in Philadelphia on Saturday after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.

Floyd, a 46-year old black man, was killed Monday while in police custody. Video showed Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck, for more than 8 minutes. His death has sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the country. Chauvin was fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other officers on the scene, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, were fired but have not been charged.

Harris showed himself on social media with the crowd protesting around City Hall and the Museum of Art. Teammate Mike Scott was “there in spirit.”

Scott on Friday had voiced his disagreement with an Associated Press tweet on Chauvin’s arrest that didn’t directly characterize Chauvin’s actions as murder. 

Other prominent figures within the Sixers and NBA have also spoken out in recent days. In a series of tweets Friday night, Ben Simmons advocated for “calling out the uncomfortable subject of blatant racism that exists heavily within our society.” 

Josh Richardson on Friday had responded to tweets by President Donald Trump in which Trump referred to protestors as “thugs,” raised the possibility of bringing the National Guard into Minnesota to “get the job done right” and threatened “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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Sixers Talk podcast: Latest on an NBA return; remembering 1983 Finals

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Sixers Talk podcast: Latest on an NBA return; remembering 1983 Finals

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss many reported scenarios for a return to play for the NBA and remember the 1982-83 Sixers. 

(0:27) — Introducing the newest member of the Sixers Talk podcast, Ben Berry.
(2:45) — We are close to having NBA basketball returning.
(19:34) — Remembering Game 1 of the 1983 NBA Finals and how the league has changed since.

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