With the summer league schedule opening on Monday, July 4th, the Philadelphia 76ers decided to complete the roster on the last business day
If God were the Philadelphia 76ers, he would have contemplated creation for 6 days, and then whammed all of creation into place on the 7th. At least, that’s how it seems to go when the waning minutes of the last business day of the work week find the Philadelphia 76ers finally releasing their summer league roster.
We knew it would be coming soon, as we had just learned of the Philadelphia 76ers inclusion of Thomasz Gielo on the roster. Now we have the other members of the summer league roster, pending successfully executing their contracts.
— Michael Preston (@preston76) July 1, 2016
For now, the roster is entirely made up of rookies and first year players. Of the returning NBA Players, there will be:
Guard T.J. McConnell, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds,
Forward James Nunnaly, 6-foot-7 and 205 pounds (he played 9 games with 76ers in 2013-14)
Forward Richaun Holmes, 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds
Forward Christian Wood, 6-foot-11 and 225 pounds
In addition, the team has also listed Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Ben Simmons on the roster. The two drafted players will need to sign their NBA contracts prior to participating in the summer league. Will it happen in time?
“We need to work out all the details and try to get that all taken care of,” Colangelo said. “I think once that is addressed and discussed and taken care of, there shouldn’t be anything that will hold that process up and we will get the ink on paper as soon as possible, and I think it will be a clear path at that point. He (Simmons’ agent Paul) is being smart, saying the things he needs to say, which is until that is all resolved, we will take it a day at a time. . .I would expect it to be nothing more than a formality, but to be cautious, we will call it at this time probable.”
At this time, the potential for Luwawu to play is the most problematic. To do so, there must be a contract agreement and a buyout with his team, KK Mega Leks, and he must receive FIBA clearance. Furkan Korkmaz of Anadolu Efes in Turkey, isn’t expected to play in the summer league because of Turkish national team commitments.
In any case, the announcement of the schedule and the roster can be found here. With Simmons on the court, we’ll be eager to see how our top draft pick performs, as well as any emerging NBA hopefuls.