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76ers second rounder Jordan McRae signs in Australia

Aug 30, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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The 76ers entered the 2014 NBA draft with an absurd five second-round picks, but after some draft-night wheeling-and-dealing, Philadelphia left the draft with… four second rounders.

It’s still a lot, and the 76ers must now figure out what to do with:

McDaniels and Grant remain unsigned, though I expect them to both get contracts once Philadelphia is certain it can no longer use its cap space this offseason.

Micic will spend next season in Serbia, according to Keith Pompey of The Inquirer (hat tip: Michael Levin of Liberty Ballers).

And McRae will play in Australia.

National Basketball League release (hat tip: Dei Lynam of CSN Philly):

CTI Melbourne United have completed their inaugural roster for the 2014-15 NBL season, signing NBA Draftee Jordan McRae to their second import spot.

Presumably, the 76ers offered McRae the required tender and will keep his rights.

I’d hope Philadelphia helped land him this gig in that case. Otherwise, McRae should have taken the required tender, even if it were a one-year deal that saw him getting cut at the end of training camp. That way, he’d be an unrestricted free agent and could sign with any team if he plays well overseas.

As it probably stands, he can sign only with the 76ers, which is good for the 76ers.

They’re tanking so they won’t miss his (or anyone’s) contributions on the court this season. Instead, they can fill their roster with other prospects and have McRae developing elsewhere while not counting toward the roster limit. This increases their chances of unearthing a player who can contribute once they’re ready to be good.

Maybe that’s McRae, who spent four years at Tennessee and then played well in summer league. I have my doubts give his age (23) and lack of standout skill, but he’ll have a chance to prove himself Down Under.

  1. jimeejohnson - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Australia > Siberia

  2. mungman69 - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Just keep playing, you never know

  3. rickeye9 - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    isn’t that a picture of Pierre Jackson?

    • 88heatnation - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      I was saying the same thing

    • sumkat - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      I was going to say it was Iggy with a beard

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      Mugsy Bogues

  4. sumkat - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    of course the Sixers helped him land this gig. If they didn’t, he’d be in Europe. Why go to Oz? Maybe because our coach literally knows everyone involved in basketball on that continent.

    My guess is, they not only got him the spot, but gave them a “hint” on the aspects of his game that they feel need the most work

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      He’s too detrimental to the tank.

  5. philliesnuts - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    He’ll get more minutes to develop his game in Australia while the Sixers will give minutes to J-Rich so they give flip him at the trade deadline and give Shved a look as well.

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