Drew Gordon (Image c/o Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)
On Monday the Philadelphia 76ers made a move to add some much needed depth to their roster in anticipation of the return of both Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams to the starting lineup. The team signed free-agent Drew Gordon, who had been playing with the Sixers’ D-League affiliate 87ers, and waived Malcolm Thomas, whom the team signed just before the season began.
Gordon, a power forward who played with the Sixers summer league squad in Las Vegas, averaged 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in six preseason games. He had spent the last two seasons playing overseas and was released by the Sixers along with Ronald Roberts Jr. and Malcolm Lee when the team had to get their roster down to the maximum of 15.
Gordon had his best preseason performance against the Orlando Magic where he dropped 16 points to lead the team in scoring. At the time he spoke to Dei Lynam of CSN Philly.com and seemed more than willing to do whatever is asked of him.
“I have to capitalize on the minutes I am given. I want to do the dirty work in there. I want to do whatever I possibly can to help the team win. I am hoping that the team needs something like that, sees the value in that and keeps me around. I like this team. I like the program and I think things can work out well.”
Thomas, who was all set to play in China this season, signed with the Sixers in late October and appeared in five games with the team, averaging 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.2 blocks per game. He has been playing with fluid on his left knee for the past two weeks and has opted for surgery to repair the knee, which would have sidelined him for four to five weeks.
Gordon should prove a nice addition to the roster and will give the Sixers’ frontcourt a definite size upgrade. While both Thomas and Gordon are listed at 6’9”, Gordon is 20 pounds heavier at 245 lbs and two years younger. If Gordon can prove his worth and get enough minutes, there is a good chance he could stick around for a while and help this team win a game or two.