The Philadelphia 76ers were granted a hardship exception by the NBA, and the Sixers used that extra roster spot to sign point guard Phil Pressey, the team announced Wednesday night. The Sixers had use of the exception thanks to the major injuries on the roster.
Pressey spent two seasons with the Boston Celtics after going undrafted out of Missouri. In 125 games, he averaged 3.1 points and 2.3 assists in 13.9 minutes per game. He shot just 33.3 percent overall and 25.7 percent from three.
The Celtics waived Pressey in the summer, and he went to camp with the Portland Trail Blazers. The 24-year-old didn’t play well in preseason, and the Blazers waived him. The Utah Jazz claimed the guard off waivers, but soon waived him as well.
The Sixers needed more help at the point-guard spot with Isaiah Canaan struggling and T.J. McConnell the only other healthy player at the position on the roster. Tony Wroten and Kendall Marshall are both working their way back from ACL injuries.