Sixers add point guard Phil Pressey after NBA grants 16th roster spot
Initially it was believed that if the Sixers were granted a hardship exception by the league and were able to add a player to the roster, Furkan Aldemir would be brought back into the fold, after the team waived him (and his guaranteed $3 million contract) just before the season began.
But as it turns out, point guard is the position where the team needed the most help, and Keith Pompey of Philly.com reports that Paul Pressey will be the recipient of that additional spot on the roster.
Teams are granted the roster exception when they have four players out for an additional two weeks after missing three consecutive games.
Former Boston Celtics point guard Phil Pressey is in route to Milwaukee and should arrive in time for Wednesday's night contact against the Milwaukee Bucks. He's expected to sign his contract once the flight lands and will be available for tonight's game.
"You guys are getting a really good young player and a good man," said Aaron Mintz, Pressey's agent.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 assists in 13.9 minutes during the previous two seasons with the Boston Celtics after going undrafted out of Missouri. After being waived by the Celtics in July, Pressey was unable to stick with the Portland Trail Blazers this preseason.
The Sixers only had two healthy point guards: Isaiah Canaan and T.J. McConnell.
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