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7-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson to work out with Sixers

7-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson to work out with Sixers

Updated: 9:36 p.m. 

The MVP of the Big3 — and a seven-time NBA All-Star — is in Philadelphia and ready to work out for the Sixers. 

Joe Johnson, the 6-foot-7 38-year-old also known as "Iso Joe," will work out with the Sixers Thursday, sources confirmed. Marc J. Spears of ESPN and The Undefeated first reported the news. 

Johnson has been dominant this season for the Triplets in the Big3, a 3-on-3 league co-founded by Ice Cube which features four-point shots.

In 1,276 NBA games, Johnson has averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He spent the prime of his career with the Atlanta Hawks, posting 20.9 points per game in seven seasons with the team. Johnson's last NBA game was Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals, when he played five minutes for the Houston Rockets.

The Sixers' roster is close to capacity. The team currently has 19 players under contract — 15 who project to start the season on the active roster, Norvel Pelle and Marial Shayok on two-way deals and Christ Koumadje and Isaiah Miles on Exhibit 10 contracts. NBA teams can have up to 20 players during the offseason.

Of course, if the Sixers do decide they'd like to bring Johnson in, they might have some competition from the other contending teams Spears reports he's working out with, the Clippers, Bucks and Nuggets.

There's certainly no harm in the team working Johnson out. Despite Johnson's advanced age, his ability to create shots and score is something that might appeal to the Sixers, whose current wing options off the bench are Zhaire Smith, Matisse Thybulle, James Ennis and Furkan Korkmaz. 

Another notable inclusion in the workout is former Sixer Spencer Hawes, sources confirmed. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported Hawes' being part of the workout. The 7-foot-1 center played three-plus seasons with the Sixers, averaging 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds between the 2010-11 and 2013-14 seasons before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. Though the Sixers are already a massive team, there's next to nothing to lose from working Hawes out.

Hawes averaged 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in nine G-League games for the South Bay Lakers last year, shooting 45.0 percent from three-point range. He's certainly an intriguing prospect — just one who is 31 years old, hasn't played in the NBA since the 2016-17 season and doesn't fill a clear need for the Sixers. 

A.J. English will also work out with the team Thursday, a source confirmed. Sportnado's Nicola Lupo first reported English's workout. 

The 6-foot-3 English scored over 2,000 points in his college career at Iona. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, English played for Lavrio in Greece last season.  

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The Sixers (0-5) will again try to capture their first win of the season when they host the Utah Jazz (4-3) on Monday night (7 p.m./CSN).

Let's take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Same script
Stop us if you've heard this one before: The Sixers hang tight with an opponent only to unravel down the stretch and lose the game.

It happened again on Saturday as the Sixers committed a turnover on each of their final five possessions in a 102-101 loss to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The defeat was just the latest example of the team's late-game struggles. They are tied with the Denver Nuggets for dead last in the NBA this season with 18.2 fourth-quarter points per game.

“We really do need a win,” Joel Embiid said. “I thought we should have at least three wins right now. But that’s basketball. Great players make plays. Next time, everybody’s got to show up.”

2. Ilyasova's impact
Showing up wasn't a problem for the Sixers' newest forward.

Ersan Ilyasova was locked in during his first home game with the team. He connected on 8 of 13 shots, including 4 of 6 from three-point range, for 21 points off the bench against the Cavs.

The Sixers have always struggled to find consistent scoring off the bench under Brett Brown. However, with Ilyasova pairing with Jahlil Okafor as reserves to start the season, the team's second unit should finally be able to hold its own.

3. Get a hold of Gordon
The Jazz had a forward of their own make a big impact in their last game.

Gordon Hayward made his season debut with a game-high 28 points in a 114-109 Jazz win over the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon. Hayward, who made all 14 of his free throws in the contest, had missed the team's first six games after breaking his right ring finger during training camp.

The Sixers will need to key in on the former All-Star, who is certainly looking to have a big season before likely testing free agency.

4. Injuries
Hollis Thompson (ankle) is a game-time decision. Ben Simmons (foot), Nerlens Noel (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist) are out.

Boris Diaw (leg) and Alec Burks (ankle) are out for the Jazz.

5. This and that
• The Sixers have lost seven straight games to the Jazz.

• Guard George Hill is averaging a career-high 20.4 points for the Jazz so far this season.

• The Sixers are putting up a league-worst 92.8 points per game.

• Jazz big men Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors are averaging a combined 18.7 points, 17.1 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game in 2016-17.