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Source: Sixers sign undrafted Boise State forward James Webb III

Source: Sixers sign undrafted Boise State forward James Webb III

The Sixers acted quickly after the NBA draft Thursday to reportedly sign undrafted free agent forward James Webb III, who played at Boise State. It's a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the opportunity to compete for a roster spot, a source confirms.

The signing was first reported by The Vertical's Shams Charania

Webb declared for the draft after his sophomore season, and worked out with the Sixers in late May. 

Webb averaged 15.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals for the Broncos last season. The 22-year-old had previously played a year in junior college. The 6-foor-9, 202-pound forward ranked No. 72 among prospects by Draft Express. 

The Sixers are looking to fill out their summer league roster with undrafted players after adding three first-round picks on Thursday with No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, No. 24 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and No. 26 Furkan Korkmaz. 

Summer league rosters consist mostly of first- and second-year players, including both drafted and undrafted players. The Sixers previously announced that 2014 No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid will not play in summer league despite being cleared for five-on-five workouts

The Sixers begin summer league on July 4 in Utah.

Sixers sign Long
Lousiana-Layfayette big man Shawn Long has also signed a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Sixers. The 6-foot-9, 245 pound big man played all four years for the Ragin' Cajuns and was the teammate of former Sixers lottery pick Elfrid Payton (Payton was traded shortly after to the Magic for the rights to Dario Saric).

Long, the Sun Belt Player of the Year last season, worked out for the Sixers back in May and impressed. During his college career, Long averaged 17.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. He'll also likely help fill out the team's summer league rosters.

Zoo's Views: Jonah Bolden's unique path to the Sixers

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Zoo's Views: Jonah Bolden's unique path to the Sixers

On this edition of Zoo's Views, Marc Zumoff talks with Jonah Bolden, Sixers rookie forward. The two discuss what opening night was like for the rookie.

Bolden also talks about how he fell in love with basketball, why he decided to leave UCLA after only playing there one year, what it was like playing overseas and having to adjust to the language barrier playing in a non-English speaking country.

Also, his experience being a "draft-and-stash" player.

1:30 - Thoughts on his NBA debut on opening night.
4:00 - Knowing Ben Simmons in Australia.
9:00 - His father got him into basketball.
14:00 - His time at UCLA and leaving UCLA.
18:00 - Experience playing overseas in a non-English speaking country.
24:00 - Who does he compare to?

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Joel Embiid has colorful thoughts on dating in the NBA, being a rocket scientist, more

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Joel Embiid has colorful thoughts on dating in the NBA, being a rocket scientist, more

There are a few high notes any profile on Joel Embiid hits: his tall tale about killing a lion as a youngster; learning to shoot from watching white people on YouTube; his love of Shirley Temples; his many social media exploits.

Clay Skipper’s piece on Embiid for GQ’s first digital cover treads all of that familiar territory. But it also explores some other interesting areas of Embiid’s life.

For instance, Embiid had this to say about dating in the NBA:

"You gotta do your background check,' he says. 'You don't want to be that guy marrying a girl that someone else in the NBA has been with.... I'm sure some guys end up getting married to women that have been around. And maybe on the court they also get told' — here he lowers his voice to a whisper — 'Hey, I f—ed your wife.'

A highlight of the piece for Sixers fans will be Embiid’s insistence that he wants to be with the Sixers for the rest of his career, even if Skipper sounds skeptical of Embiid’s love for Philly.

Skipper writes, “Asked what happens to the Process nickname if he goes to another team, Embiid says, ‘I want to be in Philly for the rest of my life,’ which seems like something only somebody who has been in Philly for less than five years might say.”

Oh, and apparently Embiid still hasn’t given up on his childhood dream of being an astronaut. According to Skipper, even though he learned on a trip to NASA last year that he’s way too big to fit into a spaceship, Embiid thinks it would be “easy” to pick up rocket science once his NBA career is over.

There are a number of other good nuggets in the profile, from Embiid’s despair at reading Twitter comments calling him a “bust” to details about his oversized diet.

You can read the full piece here

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