As of today, NBA teams are now allowed to start signing players from the D-League to ten-day contracts. The usage of ten-day contracts has risen in the league every year, with last year's final total at 48, up from 41 contracts during the 2013-14 season.
The rules behind them are simple. You may sign a player to a maximum of two ten-day contracts, but after the second, the team must sign the player to a contract that runs through at least the rest of the season, or let him walk.
Philadelphia has been extremely active over the past couple of seasons in taking advantage of the ten-day contract, and there are a few D-League players that should catch their eyes.
Here's a short list:
Sean Kilpatrick - Delaware 87ers
Kilpatrick is the one real name in the D-League pool I hope the Sixers take a shot on. The former summer Sixer is in his second go around with Philadelphia's D-League affiliate, and is absolutely lighting it up. In 20 games, Kilpatrick is averaging 26.5 points per game on 48.2% from the field and 44.6% from beyond the arc.
Kilpatrick is solid at both creating his own shot and in catch-and-shoot situations, and Philadelphia needs someone who can do that from an off ball position. The 25-year-old performed modestly on a ten-day deal with Minnesota last year, but he's worth taking a flier on to see if he can replicate some of his perimeter shooting at an NBA level.
Jimmer Fredette - Westchester Knicks
Jimmer's tried and failed to hack it with three NBA teams, but it's probably inevitable that he gets called up by some team, and it might as well be Philadelphia. In 14 games, Fredette is averaging 23.7 points on 50.7% shooting from the floor and 47.9% from beyond the arc, while dishing out 5 assists as well.
I like the thought of signing Fredette for the same reason I like Kilpatrick: they need a perimeter shooting threat, although Kilpatrick is certainly more of a complete player. Provided he has some sense about him with his shot selection (an issue that followed him from BYU to the pros), there's a slight chance he could make it work as an off ball guard in Philly. I think the pace of play at which the Sixers run would certainly help.
Signing Fredette seems unlikely, but I'll continue to hold out hope that he can find his niche at the NBA level.
Toure' Murry - Texas Legends
After spending nearly a full season with the New York Knicks, Murry had a cup of coffee with the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards before finding himself in the D-League. He's never been an excellent shooter, but he's a sound passer and a really good defender. In 15 games with the Legends, Murry's averaging 14.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 2.1 steals. He's been hot over the past two weeks, and the Sixers have been looking for some wing defending help since Robert Covington's regression. Murry might be a guy worth giving a shot.