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Source: Wyatt to play for Sixers in Orlando

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Source: Wyatt to play for Sixers in Orlando

Khalif Wyatt will be a member of the Sixers -- at least for the summer.

A league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com Friday that Wyatt will be playing for the Sixers' summer league team in Orlando. The story was first reported by SB Nation's Derek Bodner on Twitter.

The Norristown native and former Temple Owl previously participated in a pre-draft workout with the Sixers.

"The Sixers workout went well," Wyatt told CSNPhilly.com in an interview last week. "It was a little bit of a dream come true -- just the chance to be at PCOM, you know, that's where Allen Iverson practiced."

Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said in his post-draft press conference early Friday morning that part of the reason for his delay in addressing the media was as a result of the team trying to put together its summer league roster.

Wyatt finished his senior season as the A-10 and Big 5 Player of the Year while averaging 20.5 points per game. He scored 30 or more points seven times, including in both of Temple's NCAA tournament games against No. 8 North Carolina State and No. 1 Indiana. He scored a then-career-high 33 points at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22, leading Temple to an upset of No. 3 Syracuse and the Sixers' first-round draft pick, Michael Carter-Williams.

Wyatt is also expected to participate in the Vegas Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks.

"Mark Cuban in Dallas was pretty cool," Wyatt said last week, referencing his pre-draft workout for the Mavericks. "He actually graduated from Indiana. He told me I almost gave him a heart attack."

Aiken and Galloway to play summer league
Former Saint Joseph's Hawk C.J. Aiken and La Salle Explorer Ramon Galloway will both be playing in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League, separate sources told CSNPhilly.com on Friday.

Aiken will play with the Sacramento Kings and Galloway will play for the Denver Nuggets.

Aiken left St. Joe's after his junior year. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 10.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in his final season on Hawk Hill.

And Galloway, who transferred to La Salle after two seasons at South Carolina, scored 17.2 points per game in his senior season, while shooting better than 41 percent from both the floor and three. He was the leading scorer on a La Salle team that reached its first Sweet 16 since 1958.

Sixers' Josh Richardson has a unique defensive challenge ahead

Sixers' Josh Richardson has a unique defensive challenge ahead

There are plenty of new things in store for Josh Richardson as one of the newest members of the 76ers, but there is one in particular that’s going to take some getting used to.

At 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, Richardson will be the smallest guy in the Sixers' starting lineup this upcoming season.

“I have never been that, ever in my life,” Richardson said with a laugh at the Sixers Summer Shore Tour in Wildwood, New Jersey. “It will be interesting looking up to my teammates, talking in huddles and stuff.”

On a serious note, Richardson is looking forward to the challenge on defense. Richardson guarded point guards quite a bit during his four years with the Miami Heat and has confidence he’ll be able to guard smaller guards.

“I know that I’ll be the shortest starter here and I don’t mind guarding all of the guys that like to get in the paint and use their speed a lot,” Richardson said.

One thing is for certain: Richardson is ready for the season to get started, especially after the NBA schedule release.

“I’m just excited," Richardson said. "I saw we open with Boston and I know there’s a little rivalry history there, so it’s going to be fun to be a part of that.”

And as for his former team?

“I always have Miami circled to go back there and compete against my brothers down there," Richardson said, "but I’m just ready, excited to compete every game.”

Richardson has kept in touch with Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Mike Scott throughout the offseason. He met Shake Milton for the first time, working out at the Sixers' training facility on Saturday morning.

The former Tennessee Volunteer has been getting his own work in this summer.

“Health, I think health is a big part, just being able to be out there for as many games as I can is going to be huge, and being able to make shots,” Richardson said of his offseason goals. “I think being a shot maker is going to be big for us.”

Looking back at the trade, despite there being a shock factor in the moments following, he couldn’t be more eager for this new opportunity. Richardson said his excitement occurred "almost instantly."

“After I started looking at the pictures of our lineup, it turned into straight excitement, like as soon as it happened,” Richardson said. “As long as we all gel, as long as we all have the same goal in mind, I think we’ll have a strong season.”

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Zhaire Smith has a clear goal for his first full NBA season with the Sixers

Zhaire Smith has a clear goal for his first full NBA season with the Sixers

Zhaire Smith has packed on some pounds this summer, most recently weighing in at 212 as he continues to grind in the weight room over the offseason.

“I’ve got a lot of goals, especially in the weight room, to get bigger, stronger and faster,” Smith said at the Sixers Summer Shore Tour in Wildwood, New Jersey.

There’s a reason that when you ask Smith about his goals this summer, he always makes a reference to the weight room.

After a severe allergic reaction nearly takes away your entire rookie season, leaving you in a hospital for weeks and with feeding tubes for months, gaining back the 40 pounds (and some) you lost becomes a pretty important goal.

“With all I’ve been through the past 12 months, and it’s been a crazy ride, a lot of bumps in the road, but we here now and I’m not looking back.”

If that crazy ride he’s been on has taught him one thing, it’s this:

“I know not to take the game for granted and work hard every day, like it’s my last.”

If you talk to those around Smith, you’ll find out quickly that working hard isn’t something the young guard takes lightly. He also knows that minutes aren’t going to be handed to him, and he’s ready to get to work.

“To get in the rotation, play hard and just do what I do and have fun with it,” Smith said of his goals this season.

Smith is also looking forward to practices and bonding with his new teammates.

“It’s going to be competitive. I can see it right now, that practice is going to be really intense and we are just going to go at it.”

On top of that, Smith is ready to soak up all the knowledge he can, especially on the defensive end.

“I’m looking forward to asking questions and learning, so it’s going to be a fun ride. I believe we are all going to bond together really quick and have a fun time.”

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