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Sixers trade James Ennis to Magic for 2nd-round pick

Sixers trade James Ennis to Magic for 2nd-round pick

James Ennis has been traded from the Sixers to the Magic in exchange for the Lakers' second-round pick, team sources confirmed Thursday afternoon to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the trade.

The 29-year-old waived his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal.

Ennis' agent, Scott Nichols of Rize Management, told NBC Sports Philadelphia that Ennis wanted to stay in Philadelphia and "loved the organization," but that he didn't see a role for himself with the team's recent moves. The Sixers’ additions early Thursday morning of wings Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III boosted the team’s depth at the position. 

A team source noted to NBC Sports Philadelphia that the Sixers decided to move Ennis to give him a chance at a bigger role on another team, given he would not have played much with the Sixers in the context of the trade for Burks and Robinson, and the emergence of young players like Matisse Thybulle, Furkan Korkmaz and Shake Milton.

The team acquired Ennis last February from the Houston Rockets. They got him for a bargain price, only giving up the right to swap second-round picks in 2021.

Ennis won the “quiet tournament” for wing minutes off the Sixers’ bench in the second half of last season and was part of the team’s playoff rotation. He was a key piece early this year, too, after re-signing with the Sixers in free agency despite higher offers being on the table because of his desire to win a championship with the Sixers. Ennis is on a two-year, veteran minimum deal, with a player option for next season. 

Head coach Brett Brown didn’t play a healthy Ennis on Jan. 13 against the Pacers, a decision he said was mostly motivated by wanting to increase Thybulle’s role. In the 10 games since, Ennis only averaged 8.8 minutes.

Ennis played a total of 67 regular-season games with the Sixers, posting 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. 


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Sixers' Elton Brand, Matisse Thybulle and Tobias Harris protest in Philadelphia, encourage activism

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Sixers' Elton Brand, Matisse Thybulle and Tobias Harris protest in Philadelphia, encourage activism

Philadelphians on Saturday flooded the streets in protest of racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd last week. The sheer volume of the protesters was powerful.

Among those in attendance were Sixers forward Tobias Harris, who recently penned a strong personal essay on acknowledging and addressing systems of racism, rookie Mattise Thybulle, and general manager Elton Brand. 

The Sixers shared several photos and video from the protest on social media. Thybulle and Brand wore shirts with the words “I can’t breathe!,” which Floyd said as police officer George Chauvin was kneeling on his neck, and which Eric Garner said in 2014 as he was being choked by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. 

Harris’ shirt had the face of civil rights leader Malcolm X on it and the phrases “No sell out!” and “By any means necessary!” Thybulle held up signs that said, “Vote” and “We all have a voice — use it.”

“It’s always good to be around this many great people who are striving for unity and striving for people to have equality,” Harris said.

Raptors point guard and Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry walked alongside Harris and Thybulle. 

The Sixers organization standing behind those protesting and actively seeking to amplify their voices is significant. The team on Saturday also retweeted a post by Glenn Robinson III with information about a fundraising campaign that his non-profit organization, Angels Are Real Indeed (ARI), is launching.

ARI, which seeks to “help fathers become better in fatherhood, and help families without one,” will fundraise in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Robinson announced. 

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Why is there a basketball hoop traveling through Philadelphia during protests?

Why is there a basketball hoop traveling through Philadelphia during protests?

Over the last week, you’ve likely seen, read about, participated in or experienced in some way protests against racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

You might also have noticed a basketball hoop rolling around Philadelphia. 

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Marc Farzetta recently talked with Philadelphia native Stephania Ergemlidze, who’s responsible for the traveling games of 1-on-1.

“Basketball is the one way I know how to spread love and I know how to bring people together,” Ergemlidze told Farzetta, “so it was a no-brainer.”

Ergemlidze said that she was cognizant of not wanting to detract or warp the messages of protestors. Philadelphians gathered on Saturday for the seventh straight day in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“That was something I was very, very nervous about,” she said. “What way can I do it where I’m not actually distracting from the protests? My goal was not to distract from the protests. My goal is to amplify it and show the positive sides of things, because right now I feel like they’re sharing a lot of negatives, like rioting and looting, but there’s also a lot of peaceful protesting going on.”

You can watch Ergemlidze’s interview with Farzetta in the video above. 

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