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How will 76ers handle huge summer of free agency? Four scenarios in play

first_imgScenario 2: Everybody staysThis one makes sense, until you start doing some math. The Sixers have a fearsome starting five of Simmons, J.J. Redick (also a free agent this summer), Butler, Harris and Embiid. There’s virtually no bench, and the team will likely go seven deep in the postseason.That would continue to be the case once that starting five is re-signed. Harris will get something close to a max contract this summer — if not in Philadelphia, there will be other suitors — so the Sixers are looking at a commitment of five years and about $180 million there. They’ll have to make Butler much the same offer.Embiid is already in the midst of a five-year, $146 million contract extension, and Simmons is eligible for a max extension this summer that could pay him more than $180 million over five years.MORE: Embiid calls himself “most unstoppable player in the league”In 2020, the bill for just keeping Embiid, Simmons, Harris and Butler will be more than $125 million. The Sixers would be over the cap with those four players, and about $15 million shy of the luxury tax. That’s with 11 roster spots still to fill.Would owner Josh Harris, who slapped down rumors that he would be interested in selling the team four years ago, be willing to plunge so deep into luxury-tax territory? That’s where the Sixers are headed if everyone stays aboard. The franchise has exhausted its once-rich field of assets to assemble this team, but it’s going to be very expensive to keep it together. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4d/ae/butler-embiid-getty-032219-ftrjpg_wjipc1qbflhc1ezkyjkalf1zn.jpg?t=-1497932855&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/80/9/tobias-harris-getty-032219-ftrjpg_nyq0rruyikuz13526spa09v1b.jpg?t=-1497780983&w=500&quality=80 It was the biggest week of the season for the Sixers, a stretch that saw them play four games in six days, including on the road in Milwaukee and at home against the franchise’s white whale, the Celtics. Philly came through with four wins — tight ones that featured late-game heroics.Jimmy Butler was all over the stat sheet down the stretch of three of those wins. Against Milwaukee, he scored 11 points in a span of two minutes and 30 seconds, the catalyst for pushing a seven-point lead to 13. Against the Hornets, it was seven points and four assists in the fourth as the Sixers rallied from five points down in the final quarter. Ideally, the Sixers would build on their playoff run last year, which ended in the second round, and at least reach the conference finals. They could then agree to keep Harris, renounce Redick and Butler and have more than $30 million in cap space, enough for a max contract in case they could lure a big-name player who’s younger than Butler.  At worst, they’d be left with a core of Simmons, who will be 23 to start next season, Embiid (25) and Harris with some financial flexibility in place before Simmons’ extension kicks in (assuming Simmons signs that extension). They will have lost role players like Saric, Covington and Shamet as well as draft picks, but the future would still be promising.They would be without their closer, Butler, however. He’s been showing just how badly this team needs him in big games. And he’s doing it three months before the Sixers start a summer of enormous decisions. NBA MOCK DRAFT: Full first-round breakdownAgainst the Celtics, Butler scored 12 points in the final 5:31 (15 in the period altogether) to lead a comeback from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit.”I told him that I needed him tonight, that I needed this win,” center Joel Embiid said after the Boston game. “He told me to get him to the fourth and he’s going to take over. That’s what I tried to do. Obviously, in the fourth, he’s our best closer. He’s a guy you can put the ball in his hands in the fourth.”The Sixers have run their record since acquiring Tobias Harris ahead of the trade deadline last month to 14-4 and are a good bet to hang on to the No. 3 seed in the East because only two of their final 10 games come against teams with winning records.This is all good news for Philly, of course. But it’s Friday, and we’re here for the weekly Rumor-rama, which means we’ve got to wonder how Butler’s outstanding performances late in important games will affect what happens with him in July, when he hits free agency. The Sixers will have some critical decisions to make.Consider that, since trading for Butler, the Sixers have the No. 6-rated fourth-quarter offense in the league, at 112.3 points per 100 possessions. Their net rating with Butler is plus-4.3, which ranks seventh. In the limited run of 15 games before Butler was traded to Philadelphia, the Sixers’ fourth-quarter offense had a 103.0 rating (28th in the league) and their net rating was minus-11.2 (also 28th).Butler is a guy whom is much-needed by a young team like the Sixers. He’s tough (maybe too tough at times, some Timberwolves would argue) and fearless in big moments.But of all the scenarios that could play out in Philadelphia when this season ends — with three free agents in the starting five — Butler is still seen by front-office execs around the league as the most likely of the Sixers to be elsewhere next season.There are, essentially, four ways the Sixers’ summer will play out. Let’s have a look at all four. Scenario 1: Everybody leavesWell, not likely everybody. But it’s possible that both Butler and Harris, an unrestricted free agent like Butler, will bolt. That would be a big blow to the franchise considering the haul given up for Butler (Dario Saric, Robert Covington and a 2022 second-rounder) and, especially, for Harris (the Sixers’ pick in 2020 and the Heat’s 2021 pick, plus two second-rounders and rookie Landry Shamet, who has been starting for the Clippers).The Sixers did get Justin Patton, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in those deals (they also gave up Jerryd Bayless, Mike Muscala and Wilson Chandler), but none of those guys figures into the team’s long-term plans.MORE: Marcus Smart fined $50K after shoving EmbiidThis scenario is a longshot. When the Sixers executed the Harris trade, letting go of a huge haul for a free agent-to-be who has already been with five teams in eight seasons, the idea was to give the franchise a way to guard against Butler’s possible departure and ensure that another young talent could be secured long-term alongside stars Ben Simmons and Embiid.Butler may leave. But if Harris leaves, too, this will have been a disaster for the Sixers. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/23/2b/embiid-harris-getty-032219-ftrjpg_hiugpevcbics1dxxjz2l1e10a.jpg?t=-1497703303&w=500&quality=80 Scenario 4: Butler leaves, Harris staysSince the Harris trade went down, this has been considered the most likely outcome in Philadelphia. There have been chemistry issues with Butler, though certainly not on the scale we saw in Minnesota, and front-office sources believe he will angle to go to either Brooklyn or New York, with the Clippers a possibility, too.That’s not ruling out a return to the Sixers, but Philadelphia needs to be cautious about making a five-year commitment to a player who turns 30 in September.MORE: Paul George has discussed free agency with Kawhi Leonard (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1b/7b/jimmy-butler-getty-032219-ftrjpg_d05kysii3nue1032apcriznqt.jpg?t=-1497863871&w=500&quality=80 Scenario 3: Harris leaves, Butler staysAccording to a source with knowledge of the situation, there is “almost no chance” things play out this way. The reason the Sixers were willing to give up four picks and Shamet last month was because they felt that having Harris’ Bird Rights would give them the needed edge to make sure he re-signed. Philadelphia won’t be outbid for Harris this summer.Harris is ready for some long-term stability. He’s been shipped from Milwaukee to Orlando to Detroit to the Clippers and now to the Sixers, and he is still only 26 (he turns 27 in July). The expectation is that the team will move quickly to keep Harris, no matter the situation with Butler.last_img read more

Wellington Town Hall meeting to be held tonight

first_imgSumner Newscow report — There will be a City of Wellington town hall meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the council chambers.This will allow citizens an opportunity to voice their concerns to the designated speaker for the meeting. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down David Kuchar · 252 weeks ago So basically saying, you can show up but don’t put anyone on the spot or they will shut you down and still won’t change anything that the council has already done to the citizens of Wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 252 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 252 weeks ago Who will be the designated speaker tonight? Report Reply 0 replies · active 252 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: Dec. 28, 2015 – Jan. 4, 2016

first_imgSumner Co13 Dubberstein, Cameron C25Argonia, KSHarper County Jail, Anthony, KSSumner CoProbation Violation1/1/16 Garcia, Juan M JR.40Donna, TXI-35 MP 23 Wellington, KSKHPDriving while license suspended1/4/16 Total32 Roberson, Kendall C21Wellington, KSWoodlawn and Homestead, Wellington, KSWellington PDOperate vehicle without liability insurance12/28/15 NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Baker, Edward A57Caldwell, KSAve F and Caldwell Blvd, Caldwell, KSCaldwell PDAbuse of a Chlid12/29/15 Taton, Eric E39Goddard, KS1400 N US 81, Mulvane, KSSumner CoDriving while license suspended, Possession of substance, Possession of certain stimulant, Possession of drug paraphernalia12/31/15 Branine, Joshua W34Andover, KS1100 N US 81, Sumner County, KSSumner CoDriving while license suspended1/1/16 Higgins, Dustin F30Conway Springs, KSRidge and 90th Ave, Peck, KSSumner CoDriving while license suspended1/2/16         Mulvane PD2 Scarpelli, Shawna M36Goddard, KS1400 N US 81, Mulvane, KSSumner CoPossession of drug paraphernalia12/31/15 Belle Plaine PD0 Bail Bondsman0 Jackson, Joseph S37Wellington, KSMadison and Vandenburg, Wellington, KSSumner CoDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs12/31/15 Lee, Miles D29Topeka, KS777 Kansas Star Dr, Mulvane, KSMulvane PDIdentity Fraud12/31/15 Barber Co0 Jacobs, Paul R II21Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSumner CoProbation Violation12/30/15 Oxford PD1center_img Childers, Grandle E II46Wichita, KS1000 N US 81, Sumner County, KSSumner CoDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Driving while license suspended, Refusal to submit a preliminary breath test, Driving while habitual violator1/1/16 Sedgwick Co12 Wright, Jessica A28Wichita, KS90th Ave and Woodlawn, Belle Plaine, KSSumner CoDriving while license suspended1/2/16 Venn, Travis O19Oxford, KS121 S Sumner, Oxford, KSOxford PDTheft12/30/15 KRGC0 Caldwell PD1 Wellington PD1 Bookings Interiano, Arturo A31Arkansas City, KS2022 E 16th St, Wellington, KSSumner CoDriving while license suspended, Unlawful registration, Operate vehicle without liability insurance12/30/15 KHP2 Conway Springs PD0 Carpenter, Brandon E30Oklahoma City, OKUS-166 and I-35, South Haven, KSKHPDriving while license suspended1/1/16 Dial Damon L48Winfield, KS500 S Oxford Rd, Oxford, KSSumner CoDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs12/31/15 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 12/28/2015 thru 1/4/2016  Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Dec. 28, 2015 to Jan. 4, 2016 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Shugart, Damico D25Wichita, KSI-35 MP 33, Mulvane, KSSumner CoDriving while license suspended, Unlawful registration, Operate vehicle without liability insurance12/30/15 Barker, Jonathan P40Wichita, KS4th and Arkansas, Mulvane, KSMulvane PDDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Possession of hallucinogenic drug, Possession of drug paraphernalia1/1/16 Oneal, Greggory K31Wichita, KSButler County Jail, El Dorado, KSSumner CoFailure to Appear12/29/15last_img read more

Orange Announces ‘Early Christmas’ with Grand Prizes

first_img“We want the Liberian people to begin to feel that [Christmas] happiness and joy starting from October,” Weeks said.The Liberian economy might be a quite shabby and its political environment quite tense but, to Orange, it is the perfect time for a major splurge, aimed at strengthening the company’s position in the telecom market.  Therefore, the company has launched a massive new promotion under the theme: “With Orange, Christmas Starts in October.”  The new promotion was rolled out at a major press conference held at the company’s headquarters on Capital Bypass in Monrovia.According to Orange’s Corporate Communications Strategist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, from October through December, the company would give away 10 brand new motorbikes and 5 new cars. “We know that Christmas is a time of happiness, love and bringing families together,” he said.  “It is a special time in Liberia and we want the Liberian people to begin to feel that happiness and joy starting from October,” Weeks said.  He said that, to bring the Christmas cheer to Liberians early this year, Orange would give away a brand-new motorbike every week, a brand-new vehicle every two weeks, and the grand prize a few days before Christmas.Orange, he said, had made it simple for its subscribers to be eligible to enter to competition. “All our subscribers have to do is to recharge once a week at least $1 and activate any Orange package to be eligible to win a bike; recharge at least once a week, two weeks in a row, to win a Ford or Renault vehicle; and recharge at least once a week for every week until December 21 to be eligible to win the Toyota RAV-4, valued at US$35,000.” Weeks added that to increase their chances, customers need to recharge more often with higher amounts, whether it is with scratch cards, e-recharge or Orange Money.In separate remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Orange Liberia Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly said that he was extremely happy and proud about the launch of the new promotion. “the launching of the Orange ‘Christmas Starts in October’ promotion is a part of the Orange commitment to demonstrate to the Liberian people that Orange cares,” he said. “This is a very, very big investment for us as a company. However, it is something we are happy to do knowing that the lives of many, many Liberians will be positively impacted.”According to Orange, the first motorbike winner will be announced on October 23, and the first person will walk away with a brand-new vehicle on October 31.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more