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Furkan Aldemir Traveling To Philadelphia, Will Join Team Shortly

According to a league source, Turkish big man Furkan Aldemir is traveling to Philadelphia to join the team.

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It appears that the Furkan Aldemir situation has finally been resolved.

As I reported last night, Aldemir, who was released from his contract with Galatasaray 3 weeks ago, is on his way to Philadelphia. A league source confirmed that Aldemir is expected to sign with the Sixers within the next few days.

The cause of the delay in Aldemir joining the Sixers may have been two-fold. First, Aldemir needed to receive clearance from FIBA to play for a non-FIBA league.

Second, and the greater cause of the delay, was due to delays in getting his visa situation worked out.  Aldemir, a native of Turkey, has never played for a professional team based outside of his native country. According to a source, Aldemir, who reportedly agreed to terms on a 4 year contract with the Sixers three weeks ago,  has finally received his visa. With that hurdle now cleared, the deal should be finalized within the next few days.

The Sixers roster currently stands at 15, so they will have to make room for Aldemir to sign. Likely candidates who could be released include Andrei Kirilenko, who the Sixers just received in a trade last Thursday but who is not expected to play for months, as he is away from the team due to family issues. Ronald Roberts Jr., the St. Joseph's product that was just signed from the D-League on Friday, could also be released. Another option could JaKarr Sampson, a forward out of St. John's who has been with the team all season thus far, although he did spend some time with the Delaware 87ers on assignment from the Sixers.

If Ronald Roberts Jr. were waived, the Sevens would continue to have his exclusive D-League rights, assuming they don't relinquish his rights. The team also has their one in-season affiliate designation remaining, which, if used, would give them the D-League rights to a player that they waive. In both of these scenarios the player would sign a contract with the D-League, and any NBA team could sign them to an NBA contract.

The Sixers acquired Aldemir last offseason from the Houston Rockets as part of a trade that saw them also acquire former first round draft pick Royce White. Aldemir averaged 7.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 20 minutes per game in Euroleague play this season.