According to Sportando, a rather reliable European basketball source, the Sixers and Ronald Roberts Jr. have come to terms on a three-year, partially guaranteed contract. After dominating the Orlando summer league circuit, averaging 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds a game, Roberts was a hot commodity with a multitude of interest both domestic and international.
The former St. Joe's forward had been close to terms with French club Chalon, but informed them in the beginning of August that he would be joining the Sixers. In fact, Chalon head coach Jean-Denys Cholet tweeted the news:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Roberts 3 ans aux Sixers et dire qu'il y a 2 mois on me disait qu'il était juste pour la Pro A :)...</p>— Choulet Jean Denys (@JDChoulet) <a href="https://twitter.com/JDChoulet/statuses/495467222861873152">August 2, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Regardless of whether Roberts deal is guaranteed or not, it would be sort of a surprise if he didn't make the team. Despite his size (or lack there of), he is able to handle himself on the low block, drawing a lot of contact offensively and bringing down most boards. Noel and Roberts also seemed to play well on the floor together as the Sixers try and turn Nerlens into a power forward. He's also athletic as anything, so I can think of worse things than watching Roberts and his 40-plus inch vertical go dunkface a couple times.
The obvious down side to his game is his range does not extend beyond the paint at all, so I imagine we won't be seeing too many Varnado-Roberts front courts in 2014.
He's currently competing with the Dominican national team in the FIBA Centrobasket tournament, where he's averaged four points and five rebounds over eight games. And of course, a ton of this:
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