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Sixers Sign Phil Pressey With Hardship Exception

Pressey spent the past two seasons with the Boston Celtics.

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After being granted a hardship exception by the league, the Philadelphia 76ers have opted to address the guard position by signing Phil Pressey, according to Bob Cooney.

Pressey was signed as an un-drafted free agent out of Missouri by the Boston Celtics, and made 125 appearances with the team over two seasons. He averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 assists in 13.8 minutes of action.

The 24-year-old was waived by Boston in July, but was signed by the Portland Trailblazers at the end of the month. He made four preseason appearances, shooting 27.3% from the field and and 25.0% from beyond the arc. Pressey signed with the Idaho Stampede of the D-League just three days ago before the Sixers snatched him up.

It's a good sign Philadelphia made signing a guard more of a priority than adding to front court depth, but I think the Sixers could have done better than Pressey. He's nothing special defensively, and is severely limited on the offensive end.

On the positive end, Pressey was considered one of the best passers in his draft class. The move could allow Isaiah Canaan to play off ball, which seems much more natural for him.

Philadelphia is in Milwaukee to take on the Bucks Wednesday night, but no word if Pressey will be available for the game.

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