- 2008–09 Philadelphia 76ers season
team = Philadelphia 76ers
end_year = 2009
wins = 0
losses = 0
division = atlantic
division_place = TBD
conf_place = TBD
playoffs = TBD
The 2008-09 Philadelphia 76ers season will be the 70th season of the franchise, 60th in the
National Basketball Association(NBA).
June 26: The 2008 NBA Drafttook place in New York City, New York.
July 1: The free agency period started.
October 8: The Sixers preseason started with a game against the Boston Celtics.
October 29: The Sixers season will start with a game against the Toronto Raptors.
2008 NBA Draft
June 26, the Sixers selected power forward/center Marreese Speightsfrom Florida with the 16th overall pick. Their second round pick was previously traded to the Utah Jazzon June 7th, 2005for a second round pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
The Sixers headed into the off-season with free agents
Louis Amundson, Calvin Booth, Herbert Hill, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Ollie, Shavlik Randolphand Louis Williams.
June 24, the Sixers extended qualifying offers to key restricted free agents Andre Iguodalaand Louis Williams. The Sixers brought in Atlanta Hawksrestricted free agent Josh Smithon July 3for a tour of Philadelphia but left the city without signing an offer sheet. [CBSSports.com wire, [http://www.sportsline.com/nba/story/10884910 Sixers spend day wooing Hawks' Smith] , " CBSSportsline.com", July 2, 2008.]
July 9after denouncing their rights to their unrestricted free agents [http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/20080717_Sixers_GM_Stefanski_in_talks_to_re-sign_Iguodala.html] , and trading Rodney Carneyand Calvin Booth[http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gxkE9qbHuElAU6Gv4H4qL8hFR0eQD91QID504] , the Sixers signed 2-time NBA All-Star Power Forward Elton Brandof the Los Angeles Clippersto a 5 year contract reportedly worth 78-82 Million dollars. [Sixers.com, [http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/sixers_sign_elton_brand.html/ 76ers Sign Two-time NBA All-star Elton Brand] , " Sixers.com", July 9, 2008.]
After the Brand signing, the first weeks of July were quiet in terms of free agency. Rumors spread that key restricted free agents Andre Iguodala and Louis Williams were being pursued by the
Los Angeles Clippersand Golden State Warriorsrespectively.
July 24it was announced by Philly.com that the Sixers had come to terms with Point Guard Royal Iveyof the Milwaukee Bucksfor a 2-year league minimum contract. The deal was finalized and signed on Monday July 28.
July 28, Philly.com released that the Sixers had come to terms with Shooting Guard Kareem Rushof the Indiana Pacers. The deal was finalized and signed on Tuesday July 29. [Philly.com, [http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20080728_76ers_come_to_terms_with_Kareem_Rush.html 76ers come to terms with Kareem Rush] , " Philly.com", July 28, 2008.]
After news reports stated that
Louis Williamsrejected a 3.9 Million dollar deal from the Sixers and Louis was talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers[Phillyburbs.com, [http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/100-07302008-1570132.html Rush signs, Williams rumors simmer] , " Phillyburbs.com", July 30, 2008.] , he signed a 5 year deal on July 31[Philly.com, [http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/sports/20080731_Sixers__Williams_agree_on_5-year_deal.html Sixers, Williams agree on 5-year deal] , " Philly.com", July 31, 2008.] .
Aug 12it was announced by ESPN that the Sixers had come to terms with restricted free agent Andre Iguodalaon a reported 6 year 80 million dollar deal. [ESPN.com, [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3532139 Sources: Iguodala agrees to six-year, $80 million deal with Sixers] , " www.ESPN.com", August 12, 2008.] . After several days, it was officially announced on Aug 18that Iguodala had signed the deal.
Aug 19Philly.com announced that veteran backup big man Theo Ratliffhad agreed to terms on veterans league minimum 1 year 1.4 million dollar deal with the 76ers. Ratliff had previously played with Philadelphia from 1997-2001. Ratliff was named a All-Star in 2001, but was unable to play because of an injury. [Philly.com, [http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/20080819_Source_says_Ratliff__Sixers_agree_to_1-year_deal.html Source says Ratliff, Sixers agree to 1-year deal] , " [http://www.Philly.com] ", August 19, 2008.]
September 1, 2008following his placement on waivers Donyell Marshallagreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers for a one year contract for the league minimum $1,262,275 (for veterans with at least 10 years of experience). The story was first reported by The Philadelphia Daily News [http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080901_Donyell_Marshall_set_to_join_Sixers.html]
2008–09 NBA season
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