Sixers Work Out Rush, Afflalo, Others

The Sixers held a free-agent workout this week with multiple veteran players, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who tweets that Brandon Rush and Arron Afflalo were among those in attendance.

The team also worked out Sean Kilpatrick, who last played for the Bulls, and Haywood Highsmith, who currently plays in the NBA G League, according to Charania.

The Sixers are not expected to make a roster move following the workout, a source told EJ Smith of the Philly Inquirer.

Philadelphia is likely seeking to bolster its bench and find another talent who can play on the wing. The team traded for All-Star Jimmy Butler last month and has a 17-9 record through the season’s first 26 games, good for third in the Eastern Conference.

Rush last played in the NBA during the 2016-17 season, scoring 4.2 points per game on 37% shooting in 47 contests with Minnesota. He holds nine years of experience and is a career 40% three-point shooter. Last season, Rush was waived by the Bucks in training camp and signed a 10-day deal with Portland, but didn’t appear in any games.

Afflalo, an 11-year veteran, spent 53 games with Orlando last season before reaching free agency in July. He averaged career-lows in points (3.4) and minutes (12.9) per game, but provided veteran leadership off the court for the Magic‘s younger players.

Kilpatrick, 28, has bounced around the NBA since going undrafted in 2014. He’s made stops with Minnesota, Denver, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Chicago and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Highsmith plays for the Delaware Blue Coats, G League affiliate of the 76ers. He’s a 6’7” sharpshooter who’s impressed multiple league-observers this season, averaging 22 points, 12.5 rebounds and three assists per outing.

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11 thoughts on “Sixers Work Out Rush, Afflalo, Others

  1. Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    Do the Sixers have a plan?

    How many years of so called ‘Trust the Process!’
    Well what exactly was that process and how did it work out for them?

    The 76ers held a free-agent workout this week with multiple veteran players

    Scrapping the bottom of the barrel is not a plan, it is not a process! It’s a joke!

    • They have 1 roster spot open. They did 2 for 1 in the Butler trade. This was expected. You sign a veteran for the end of the bench for a purpose. They did the same thing last year with the buyout market. This year they will do the same if there’s a viable guy out there. Could be some interesting names out there if no big trades get done – ZBO, Matthews, Ariza.

      Out of these 3, Rush is the best defender and shooter. Kilpatrick probably the hungriest though.

      I’d be for Emeka Okafor if they were looking for a Big, they had him in for a 10-day last year but did nothing w/him.

    • cjelepis

      They should kick the tires on every playground player with potential that could potentially help the club. Scrape all they want.

  2. What they need to figure out… trade for another big name this year using a combination of Chandler, Fultz, Patton (Jan 11), Amir (Dec 15) and Korkmaz’ salaries (27.88 M)? Or try to sign someone? They’ll only have 19M in cap space next season.

    Chandler Fultz Patton Korkmaz (& picks?) for Beal or Love – All Stars that fit their need scoring and stretch-4

    • DynamiteAdams

      But then you end up like the Thunder and Rockets with an f’ed up salary cap and no bench.

      • They’d be at around 107-108 with Embiid, Simmons, Beal, Butler, Shamet, Z Smith, Bolden, Milton. They’ve got their 1st round pick, and (2) 2nd round picks. So 11 players would be under contract, and they’d use MLE and Min Salaries to fill out the 4 remaining roster spots. You’d need Shamet/Smith/Bolden to really contribute or JJ takes the MLE and you get a David West type of signing.

      • A line-up of Embiid, Simmons, Butler, JJ, and Beal would be pretty formidable. TJ, Muscala, Shamet off the bench. Amir/Korkmaz whichever isn’t traded, Bolden if he gets healthy, and probably Shake.

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