The Liberty Ballers mailbag is back on this lovely Tuesday, one day after Philadelphia hung tough with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As always, you can check out previous editions of the mailbag here. Let's get started.
@KirkSeriousFace: Which 76er did you go to Halloween dressed as?
I did not dress as a Sixer this year, but rather Arnold from the popular Nickeloden show. However, in a Twitter exchange with semi-retired Liberty Ballers writer Dave (also known as WIBR), I did say this:
I feel solely responsible for his return to the organization, even though it may be with the Sixers D-League team. Rodney Carney is back where he belongs (sort of). Let's cherish it.
@a2khawaii: Are the Sixers looking to add a guard with the roster exception or to just bring back Aldemir?
It seems as though the ship has sailed on Aldemir. Reports are that he's setting his sights on returning to his home country to play for the same Euroleague Scottie Wilbekin recently signed with. Philadelphia certainly needs the guard help much more than the front court depth. I think Richaun Holmes can handle his own, and Jerami Grant can technically defend power forwards, although he's been far from stellar.
T.J. McConnell has been really solid through three games, but Isaiah Canaan has been an absolute mess. He's shooting poorly, not passing well, and turning the ball over a lot. That's a recipe for disaster. I've tooted Bryce Cotton's horn a lot lately. Phil Pressey is a guy with a little NBA experience, although I don't love him. Gary Talton put up some pretty big numbers in the D-League last year, and Philadelphia almost signed him to a ten-day contract last season. He was also just acquired by the Sevens, so that's a guy the Sixers organization clearly wants to keep a close eyes on. The options aren't great, but they can't be much worse than Canaan has been. The position certainly needs to be addressed.
@ayoitsjordan: How is Saric/Aldemir's agent feeling about Furkan getting cut? Will it impact Saric coming over?
I'm sure he doesn't feel great about it, but he should be happy Philadelphia gave Aldemir a shot in the first place. They rescued him from a pretty bad situation at Galatasaray, and paid him somewhat handsomely -- by Sixers standards -- for half a season of work. Now it seems as though he's going back to his home country of Turkey where he'll make a ton of money playing for a quality Euroleague team. There shouldn't really be any hard feelings.
In regards to how this may affect this Saric situation, I'm not sure if I see him being able to get in the way here. Dario has made it crystal clear he wants to be here next season. If his agent has a problem with it, well, I'm sure Saric could find someone else to get the deal done. But with that said, I imagine there won't be any issues.
Michael Potopa via email: During his one year with Duke, there were concerns and sports talk about Jahlil Okafor not being in proper shape. In both summer league and the start of training camp, (before the leg injury), he seemed to be in poor shape. He had 6 months to get in shape after March. How concerned are you he does not have the mentality to be the best he can be?