Last weekend, the Sixers waived two-way player Dakota Mathias, and while the initial report was there no imminent plan to use the spot, it took less than a week to do so. News of the team signing 6-foot-3 Rayjon Tucker to a two-way contract was reported yesterday:
The Philadelphia 76ers are planning to sign swingman Rayjon Tucker to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Tucker is expected to join the 76ers‘ G League affiliate (Delaware Blue Coats) in the Orlando bubble.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 22, 2021
Here was a portion of the statement released by 76ers public relations:
“Tucker earned an NBA Call-Up last season with the Utah Jazz. He appeared in 20 games with Utah after starting the season with the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League. In 16 games (all starts) with the Herd, he averaged 23.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. Tucker was named NBA G League Player of the Month for December 2019 and was also selected to the Eastern Conference Midseason All-NBA G League Team.
The 23-year-old Charlotte native finished his college career at UA Little Rock in 2018-19 after transferring from Florida Gulf Coast. In 30 games (all starts) with Little Rock, Tucker averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 36.6 minutes per contest. He was named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team.”
Tucker fills the organization’s new “find shooters” motto. He shot 41.4 percent from 3 across three collegiate seasons, then 36.1 percent in the G League last season. However, based upon Shams’ report above, Tucker will be heading to the G League bubble, so don’t expect to see him in a Sixers uniform anytime soon. Philadelphia finally had its starting lineup intact for yesterday’s win over Boston, and the team is nearly back to full strength after COVID protocols decimated the roster, so there is less need for another warm body at the end of the bench. We’ll see what Tucker can do with the Blue Coats in the bubble.