Furkan Korkmaz

Korkmaz Reaches Agreement With Sixers

Free agent swingman Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to re-sign with the 76ers on a two-year deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets.

Korkmaz will receive the veteran’s minimum of $1.62MM next season and $1.76MM in 2020/21, Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets.

The 6’7” Korkmaz, a 2016 first-rounder, averaged 5.8 PPG and 2.2 RPG in 14.1 MPG over 48 regular-season games last season. He also made four appearances in the playoffs. He saw action in 14 games during the 2017/18 season.

Philadelphia renounced its rights to Korkmaz earlier this month and it appeared he was headed overseas to play in Turkey. However, he ultimately decided to stay in the NBA and he’ll provide depth at the wings behind starters Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson. The Sixers now have 14 players with guaranteed contracts and a pair of two-way players.

Sixers Notes: Horford, Brogdon, Butler

It’s not a given that the Sixers bring back their five starters this offseason.

Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris will each have rival teams looking to offer them a max deal. J.J. Redick will likely see heavy interest on the market as well, with Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer hearing that shooting guard will yield offers in the range of $12MM annually.

“They have tough decisions to make and so do we,” GM Elton Brand said.

Bringing back those three players will put the Sixers over the salary cap and out of contention for a number of free agents. Should the team decide to make major changes, there’s a wide range of talent on the market.

“We definitely need hard-nose players, shooting,” Brand said. “We want to add shooting. If you watch the playoffs, these are playoff-tested players … I don’t want to say names … but [the Sixers want] veteran-tested players, playoff-tested players that can take us over the edge with our talent.”

Al Horford, Malcolm Brogdon, and Danny Green are players the team could have interest in Pompey adds.

Here’s more on Philadelphia and the team’s pending free agents:

  • Don’t be surprised if the Clippers make a play to sign Harris, Pompey notes. The combo forward, who came to the Sixers via a midseason trade with the club, will be taking meetings on June 30 and July 1.
  • The Sixers may have to offer a five-year deal in order to keep Jimmy Butler, Pompey writes. Butler and his camp are meeting this week to go over free agent objectives.
  • Marcus Morris, Ed Davis, Ish Smith, Cory Joseph, and Patrick Beverley are among the free agents whom the Sixers could pursue, Pompey adds in the same piece. The team has confidence in its ability to lure one or two impactful free agents should it lose one of its max free agents.
  • Derek Bodner of the Athletic details how the Sixers are devaluing second-round picks. The team will have three more second-rounders next year after wheeling and dealing picks last week, as I recently detailed.
  • Furkan Korkmaz may join Turkish team Fenerbahce next season, according to Sportando. The former No. 26 overall pick is all but certain not to be back in Philadelphia next year.

Latest Updates On Marjanovic, Embiid, Korkmaz

Boban Marjanovic fell to the floor with what appeared to be a serious knee injury during the Sixers‘ win over the Pelicans on Monday. However, testing today came back better than expected with the team announcing that Marjanovic suffered a bone bruise and a mild sprain on his right knee.

Brett Brown hopes that the 7’3″ big man won’t miss significant time, though the 76ers’ head coach won’t be relieved until Marjanovic goes closer to a return.

“You still don’t know,” Brown told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer (Twitter link). “The new information could reveal something, but [based on] the initial sort of examination there [was] a sigh of relief given what my gut feel was.”

Marjanovic, who was acquired along with Tobias Harris prior to the trade deadline, will be reevaluated about a week. He was playing a more critical role for the Sixers because of Joel Embiid‘s absence from the court. Embiid was experiencing knee soreness coming out of the All-Star break and the team is opting to be extra cautious with their franchise center.

The Cameroon native has missed all three games since the break and he’s not expected to play in the team’s clash against the Thunder on Thursday. Jonah Bolden started at the five on Monday and will likely continue in that role with both big men sidelined.

Justin Patton was acquired in the Jimmy Butler deal earlier this season and has shuffled back and forth between the NBA club and its G League affiliate in Delaware. Patton and Amir Johnson, who did not play on Monday, are candidates to see minutes while the frontcourt gets healthy

In the press release, the team also announced that Furkan Korkmaz underwent successful surgery on his right knee, repairing a torn meniscus. The swingman will be reevaluated in approximately four weeks.

Joel Embiid, Furkan Korkmaz Sidelined For Sixers

The Sixers formally issued a pair of injury updates today, and neither one is great news for the team.

According to the club, Joel Embiid is experiencing soreness in his left knee and will undergo physical therapy treatment. While an MRI revealed no structural damage, Embiid will be held out of action for a few games for load management purposes and is expected to be re-evaluated in about a week, per the 76ers.

If Embiid is able to return to action in a week, he’d miss games against the Heat, Trail Blazers, and Pelicans, and would be in line to get back on the court next Thursday for a nationally televised showdown in Oklahoma City.

Meanwhile, the Sixers will also be without another rotation player – albeit a less crucial one – for the foreseeable future, as Furkan Korkmaz has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee. The Sixers are currently assessing treatment options, with surgery among the potential pathways under consideration. For now, Korkmaz has been ruled out definitely.

Jonah Bolden, Boban Marjanovic, and Amir Johnson are among the candidates to receive some extra playing time in Embiid’s absence, while Korkmaz’s injury may give the Sixers the opportunity to take a longer look at a couple of their newest additions, Jonathon Simmons and James Ennis.

Atlantic Notes: Korkmaz, Irving, Knicks, Leonard

Despite being unhappy with his playing time in October, Furkan Korkmaz has received more opportunities in the past few weeks with the Sixers. Korkmaz has played in 15 of the 76ers’ last 16 games, scoring 18 points in 34 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

Korkmaz admitted that he wasn’t ready to see significant playing time last season, but took leaps forward as an all-around basketball player during the offseason. There was an expectation entering the 2018/19 season that he would see more time on the court, as has been the case recently.

“At the time I was telling to people, even like my agent, my parents, my sister, it doesn’t matter who, I was telling them I want to play this year,” Korkmaz told Jessica Camerato, who profiled him for an in-depth Basketball Insiders story. “It was my goal. It was my second year … I knew that I wasn’t ready last year. I wasn’t ready. I knew that. I just worked hard, even when I got injured.

“But I feel like I improved a lot then, not as basketball, physically, as my body. I was saying to people, ‘I want to play,’ … I never got down mentally. I knew that my time will come, but I didn’t know when.”

Korkmaz, 21, was drafted by the Sixers with the No. 26 pick in 2016 after spending multiple seasons overseas. He’s scoring 5.8 points per game on 43% shooting from the floor, 34% from 3-point range and 86% from the charity stripe so far this season, and could earn more minutes as the season progresses if he doesn’t get traded.

There’s more from the Atlantic Division:

The Latest On Furkan Korkmaz

The Sixers declined to exercise Furkan Korkmaz‘s third-year option, meaning he will become a free agent at the end of the season. It was previously reported that Korkmaz wouldn’t mind being traded, as he isn’t receiving an opportunity to consistently play. He confirmed that desire to be traded should he continue to sit on the bench.

“I’m still the same way,” Korkmaz said. “That’s why I will try to see what my opportunities are right now. Just like I told you before, I just want to play,” the 21-year-old said (via Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer).

“If I’m not getting minutes here, I just want to look for other options. I don’t know what’s the options right now, just try to be on the court,” Korkmaz continued.

The Sixers drafted Korkmaz with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2016 draft. He’s only played in 19 career NBA games with five of those coming this season.

“I feel like I didn’t really have that opportunity,” Korkmaz said of receiving playing time. “Last year, I was injured for a long time and this year just a couple of games in the garbage time. It wasn’t like good rotation minutes for me. That’s why I feel like I didn’t get that opportunity to show on the court what I got.”

Atlantic Notes: Leonard, Celtics, Splitter, Korkmaz

The Raptors are taking a long view on Kawhi Leonard, ensuring that he remains in good health throughout the rest of the season, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports writes. The team rested Leonard against the undefeated Bucks on Monday, the first half of a back-to-back set against Milwaukee and Philadelphia.

Leonard missed most of last season with a quad injury and has spent this season regaining his stamina, working to get back into a consistent game shape. He’s averaged 27.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 3.2 APG so far on the year.

“It feels good, [I] just don’t want to overdo it too early since I missed out on a year,” Leonard said about his quad. “It’s just injury prevention, so [I’m] just not playing back-to-backs for right now.”

When healthy, Leonard is a top-tier defender who’s improved vastly on the offensive end. The Raptors acquired him in a trade with the Spurs this past offseason, labeling him as a player who could lead the team to a deep playoff run.

Toronto is scheduled for 12 back-to-backs on the season. It’s unclear how long Leonard will rest for these sets, with the 27-year-old in his eighth NBA season.

There’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Several Warriors players have labeled the Celtics as the biggest threat in their quest to a three-peat this season, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick. Players such as Kevin Durant and Draymond Green recognized the strengths of Boston, including the team’s ability to switch on defense and their depth off the bench.
  • Former NBA center Tiago Splitter has spent this season with the Nets sharing coaching and scouting duties. “Our goal this year is to improve last year’s result when we had 28 wins,” Splitter said, according to Nets Daily. “We want to do more than that, but we also think about the long run.” Splitter retired last February and joined the Nets in a dual role shortly after.
  • Derek Bodner of The Athletic examines the Sixers‘ decision to decline the third-year option in Furkan Korkmaz‘s contract. Philadelphia will have an extra $2MM in cap space next summer as a result, and Korkmaz will reach free agency on July 1.

Sixers Decline Option On Furkan Korkmaz

The Sixers won’t pick up the third-year option on Furkan Korkmaz, tweets Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The 21-year-old shooting guard was set to earn $2,033,160 next season, but he hasn’t been able to crack the rotation and is no longer in Philadelphia’s long-term plans.

The decision doesn’t come as a surprise because Korkmaz wasn’t included in the Sixers’ announcement Monday when they exercised their options on Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric. Teams tend to release all their option decisions at once, although Simmons, Fultz and Saric were easy choices.

Korkmaz hasn’t seen much playing time since leaving Turkey to join the Sixers before the start of last sesason. He has appeared in five games this this year, averaging 5.2 minutes per night. He got into just 14 games last year and spent much of the season in the G League.

Today’s decision means Korkmaz will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. He will receive his full $1,740,000 salary for this season, but he could become much more expendable if the Sixers need to open a roster spot.

The decision may also make it more difficult for Philadelphia to trade him. Unless he gets waived, Korkmaz can’t be offered a starting salary higher than the value of his option by whichever team has him when the season ends. That may lead an interested team to wait for free agency, rather than giving up something in trade and risking not being able to re-sign him.

Sixers’ Furkan Korkmaz: “I Just Want To Play”

As the Sixers weigh whether or not to exercise Furkan Korkmaz‘s 2019/20 rookie scale option in advance of today’s deadline, the second-year shooting guard says that he’s just seeking the opportunity to play regular minutes, as Keith Pompey of Philly.com relays.

[UPDATE: Sixers decline option on Furkan Korkmaz]

“I just left my country to come here and to play here,” said Korkmaz, who played professionally in his home country of Turkey before joining the Sixers in 2017. “I just want to play. Then I feel like I’m ready to play. That’s why I looking for an opportunity to play. This is my second year. I just need to play.”

The 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Korkmaz was stashed for a year before signing his rookie contract with the Sixers last year. He has appeared in just 19 NBA contests since arriving in Philadelphia, playing 106 total minutes. The 21-year-old entered 2018/19 hoping to secure a rotation role, but has been surpassed on the depth chart by rookie Landry Shamet and may also be behind Jerryd Bayless when the veteran gets healthy, per Pompey.

A trade is a possibility, according to Pompey, who hears from a source that Korkmaz wouldn’t mind being dealt due to his lack of playing time. The former first-round pick didn’t confirm or deny that, suggesting that he’s simply waiting on the Sixers’ decision on his option and hoping to receive more minutes.

“First of all, I want to see what the team is going to say to me,” Korkmaz said. “I’m waiting for them to tell me, ‘We are going to pick up your option’ [or] ‘We are not going to pick up your option.’ Then I want to think about it. I want to play. I just want to play.”

Atlantic Rumors: Korkmaz, Kanter, Marks, Wallace

The Sixers are still mulling whether to pick up swingman Furkan Korkmaz‘s option for next season, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets. Philadelphia has a Wednesday deadline to make a decision. His option for the 2019/20 season is slightly over $2MM. If the Sixers decline, Korkmaz will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. The 6’7” Korkmaz has made four brief appearances this season after seeing action in 14 games last season.

We have more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Knicks center Enes Kanter isn’t thrilled about being demoted to the second unit, Howie Kussoy of the New York Post reports. Kanter came off the bench against Golden State on Friday even though he’s the team’s second-leading scorer and top rebounder.  Coach David Fizdale is determined to develop his younger players.  “We all understand where our team is at and what we’re trying to accomplish right now,” Fizdale said. “One way or another we do have to bring our puppies along.” Kanter’s $18,622,514 salary comes off the books at the end of the season and the Knicks are expected to pursue higher-level free agents.
  • Warriors GM Bob Myers believes Nets GM Sean Marks has a blueprint for future success, as he told Brian Lewis of the New York Post. Brooklyn has hoarded cap space to be a major player on the free agent market next summer. “I think they’re on their way,” Myers said. “They play in a great city, and Sean is smart. They’re in a position now with their picks and cap space where they’ll be able to make some change, and it’ll probably be positive.”
  • Rasheed Wallace, who won a championship with Detroit in 2004, was invited to Knicks practice on Sunday to instruct the big men, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports. Wallace, who was invited by GM Scott Perry, gave rookie Mitchell Robinson plenty of food for thought. “He pushed me to talk more on defense. I have a tendency to be a little quiet. And him, he brings it,” Robinson told Bondy. Fizdale plans to invite another ex-Piston, Chauncey Billups, to deliver tips to his young guards.