It's 10-day contract season, which means fresh-faced Sixers will be ushered in and out the door in search of a gem or two. Next man up is former Penn State guard and Summer League participant Tim Frazier, according to a Yahoo! report which has since been confirmed by Liberty Ballers' Derek Bodner.
Credit to Marc Spears for the scoop:
Sixers are slated to sign D-League Maine guard Tim Frazier to a 10-day contract tomorrow in time for him to practice in Boston, sources said— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 5, 2015
Sixers to be guard Tim Frazier averaged 15.9 points, 8.9 assists and 6.8 rebounds for D-League Maine this season.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 5, 2015
Not bad! Bringing in another guard on a 10-day contract put the writing on the wall, and Derek was able to confirm that the Larry Drew II era is over in Philadelphia (for now).
Source confirms #sixers will not be signing Larry Drew II to another contract. Team will sign Tim Frazier from D-League to a 10-day contract— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) February 5, 2015
Frazier didn't exactly light it up at Las Vegas Summer League with a line of 3.4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.2 steals, but he drew rave reviews from the coaching staff for what he brought to the table in terms of intangibles and leadership. Chad Iske, in charge of the Vegas outfit, expressed his admiration to Matt Allibone of CSNPhilly:
We love his poise. He's a seasoned college player, and we're looking for point guards that can run a team and take charge of the group that's out there and be a coach on the floor. He's done a pretty good job of that, and we've seen progress in the right direction.
With Tony Wroten on the shelf for the remainder of the season, Sam Hinkie seems to be exploring a different type of player as the backup point for the Sixers. Secondary scoring options have started popping up between Jerami Grant, Hollis Thompson and the rest of the gang, so a table-setter who will get them looks makes more sense than a combo-guard at the moment.
More than likely, Frazier will be one of a few guys brought in as the season heads toward the finish. A rotating roster spot for auditions is more valuable for the franchise than some minuscule sense of stability at the back-up positions. Either way, it's Frazier's chance to prove he belongs in the big leagues.