Ronald Roberts Jr. will be joining the Delaware 87ers, a source familiar with the situation has told LibertyBallers.
According to the source, the 76ers designated Roberts Jr. as an affiliate player. Per league rules, a team is able to designate up to 4 players who were cut from their training camp roster as affiliate players. The player, assuming he signs a contract with the D-League, would then be on the parent club's D-League affiliate.
By designating Roberts Jr. as an affiliate player, the undrafted rookie out of St. Joseph's was not eligible for the D-League draft, which happened earlier today.
While Roberts Jr. will be playing with the Sevens, the Sixers do not own his NBA rights. The contract Roberts Jr. signed will be with the D-League itself, and any team can then sign him to an NBA contract later in the season. The Sixers management will, however, get a first hand look at his development due to his presence on the Sevens.
Roberts Jr. was a 4 year player at St. Joseph's, starting the final two seasons of his collegiate career. He averaged 14.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks during his senior season at St. Joseph's.
After going undrafted, Roberts Jr. played with the Sixers during the Orlando Summer League, averaging 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Sixers in Orlando.
Roberts Jr. then received a partially guaranteed contract from the Sixers, although he was only able to play in 4 preseason games for the Sixers after being limited due to a quad injury.
The 87ers begin their regular season November 15th at Canton. Their first home game is December 2nd against Sioux Falls.