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Sixers plan to sign Trenton native Powell to two-way deal, waive Riller

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The Sixers plan to sign Seton Hall product Myles Powell to a two-way contract and waive Grant Riller, a source confirmed Saturday night to NBC Sports Philadelphia.

The moves are expected to take place Sunday, the source said. PhillyVoice's Kyle Neubeck first reported the news. 

Powell, a 6-foot-2 guard known for his scoring ability, actually played Friday night for the Westchester Knicks against the Delaware Blue Coats at Chase Fieldhouse and had a go-ahead three-point attempt in the final seconds. He missed the shot and Delaware, the Sixers' G-League affiliate, escaped with a 93-91 win to improve to 11-1 on the season.

Powell had 15 points on 6-for-20 shooting and two assists in the game, which was his first of the season in the G League. He'd been sidelined by a right knee injury. In the 2020-21 campaign, the Trenton, New Jersey native played 13 games for Westchester, averaging 17.8 points and 3.8 assists and shooting 44.6 percent from three-point range. 

Riller had limited opportunities with the Sixers organization after signing a two-way deal. The 24-year-old combo guard suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee during the preseason and has been out recently with right shoulder soreness. He didn't appear in any regular-season games for the Sixers and totaled only 45 minutes with the Blue Coats across four games.

Though head coach Doc Rivers has preferred to lean heavier on healthy rotation fixtures in shorthanded situations as opposed to throwing young, inexperienced players into the fire, the NBA's surge in positive COVID-19 cases has meant more playing time lately for two-way players, who are able to split time between the G League and NBA.

 

Rookie wing Aaron Henry and Powell will now be the Sixers' two two-ways. Powell has the makings of a fun shot creator to watch for Delaware, who will play in the G League's Winter Showcase beginning Sunday in Las Vegas.