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Sixers trade deadline rumor tracker

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Sixers trade deadline rumor tracker

Updated: 12:15 p.m.

There's a parade in town today, in case you hadn't heard.

But it's also the NBA trade deadline, and the Sixers could very well make a move for an additional scorer (see story).

Keep it locked here throughout the day for Sixers updates ahead of the 3 p.m. deadline:

Hesitant to move a first
Tyreke Evans has been connected to the Sixers over the last week, but the all-knowing Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported early Thursday morning that so far, the Sixers, Celtics and Nuggets have resisted parting with a first-round pick for the Grizzlies guard.

"Boston, Denver and Philadelphia have resisted offers beyond either a young player or second-rounder," Woj tweeted. "First-rounders have never been gripped so tightly."

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Richaun Holmes could fall under that "young player" category. TLC isn't a necessity on this team, and Holmes has played eight games since Christmas, yet both have enough promise to intrigue another team.

Cavs-Lakers trade affects LeBron
The Sixers are one of only a few NBA teams with cap space this summer and squads like the Bulls and Hawks won't be signing stars. So there's a dream Sixers fans have of LeBron James coming to Philly.

Well, today's Cavs-Lakers trade makes that more difficult. Cleveland has traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and its own first-round pick to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., per Woj.

The move improves Cleveland defensively, but the real story here is that it gives the Lakers cap space this summer because of the expiring contract element. The Lakers will now have enough cap space to sign two players to max contracts this summer.

So L.A. would become another suitor for LeBron, but also keep in mind that the Cavs' giving L.A. this cap room probably means they know LeBron isn't going there. Cleveland might be showing its hand here, making the assumption that LeBron will stay.

Update: The Cavs weren't done. About an hour later, they acquired George Hill from the Kings and Rodney Hood from the Jazz in a three-team deal. Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose are headed to Utah in the deal, while Joe Johnson goes to Sacramento.

And minutes after that, the Cavs traded Dwyane Wade back to Miami for a heavily-protected second-round pick.

Keep an eye on the seconds
The Sixers currently have four second-round picks in the 2018 NBA draft: 37, 42, 47 and 59.

If the Sixers want someone like Marco Belinelli of the Hawks, it might take two second-round picks. That, after all, is the price the Hawks themselves paid last year to acquire Ersan Ilyasova from the Sixers. Ilyasova and Belinelli have similar values.

Hawks players
Aside from Belinelli, the Sixers also reportedly have interest in Atlanta center Dewayne Dedmon, whose value has never been higher.

Dedmon, 28, is having a career year for the Hawks, averaging 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.7 blocks. He's shot 56.4 percent from the field, but what sticks out the most is his added floor spacing. Dedmon attempted one three-pointer in his first four NBA seasons. This year, he's averaging 0.7 makes on 1.7 attempts per game, shooting 39.3 percent from deep.

If the Sixers pony up, they could even acquire both Belinelli and Dedmon from the Hawks. They might even be able to get that done with a package of TLC and a couple second-round picks. Belinelli is a free agent at season's end, while Dedmon is on the books for one more year at $6.3 million.

Sixers hire Lindsey Harding as second female full-time scout in NBA from WNBA

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Sixers hire Lindsey Harding as second female full-time scout in NBA from WNBA

The Sixers have made a historic hire in their scouting department.

The team has hired former WNBA star Lindsey Harding as a full-time scout starting next season. 

"I think when you have this goal in mind, your gender shouldn't even matter," Harding told ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne. "It should be about if you can do it, if you're good, you're experienced, if you know what you're doing and what you're talking about."

Harding, a Duke product and the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 WNBA draft, is just the second woman to be hired by an NBA team as a scout after a career in the WNBA. Jenny Boucek, who is now an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks, was the first former WNBA player to be hired as a scout back in 2006 by the Seattle SuperSonics. Becky Hammon, one of Harding's former opponents who urged Harding to pursue this path, was hired as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Hammon has since been interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks' GM job and been promoted to Gregg Popovich's top assistant.

Harding completed the NBA's Basketball Operations Associates Program last season after retiring in 2017. The 34-year-old guard spent nine seasons in the WNBA and represented Belarus in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"Lindsey has quickly become one of the game's bright young minds in basketball operations," Sixers head coach and interim GM Brett Brown said to Shelbourne. "Having graduated from the NBA's Basketball Operations Associates Program last season, Lindsey is applying the same grit and basketball IQ she used as a player in her move to the front office. We look forward to the work Lindsey will do to help grow our program and further solidify a culture of winning.

"It's no secret how much I value the culture we've built in Philadelphia and how much a family-like atmosphere means to our program. Lindsey is a leader, and she is a welcomed addition to the 76ers family. I look forward to working with her."

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Metta World Peace tweets that Joel Embiid will win MVP next season

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Metta World Peace tweets that Joel Embiid will win MVP next season

Joel Embiid didn’t wait long to share his expectations for next season.

“This is my first year going into a summer healthy and I’m excited about it. I feel like next year is definitely going to be a type of MVP season for me,” Embiid said during the Sixers’ exit interviews just one day after being eliminated from the playoffs.

The summer months haven’t done much to curb the All-Star center’s enthusiasm.

“I want to win the MVP because if I play better I think the stats show that my team plays better too,” Embiid said during an interview with KweséESPN prior to this month’s NBA Africa Game. “That’s the goal. I’ve got to set the bar high if you want to go somewhere.”

You can’t blame the man for being confident in himself. And now Embiid even has the support of a former colorful NBA player in his own right.

Metta World Peace (or Tru Warier or The Panda’s Friend or Ron Artest) sent out a simple tweet earlier this week.

That’s about as cut and dry as you can get. Although World Peace did have another hot take this week that might call his crystal ball skills into question.

Whoa. You lost us on that one, World Peace.

Embiid has a much better chance at earning MVP honors than those two teams (mainly the Knicks) have of reaching the Eastern Conference finals. In Bovada's MVP odds released this week, the center came in at 16/1 (seventh best) to win the award.

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