Philadelphia 76ers Hire Former NBA Center Roy Hibbert
The Philadelphia 76ers have added Roy Hibbert to the roster -- the coaching roster that is. It probably wouldn't come as a surprise if the Sixers truly did ink a seven-footer such as Hibbert to the team for some veteran depth, but that's not the case. Instead, the 32-year-old former first-round pick will join the Sixers in a coaching role.
Back in 2008, Hibbert entered the NBA as the 17th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He played four years in Georgetown, and continued his career with Indiana Pacers. After seven successful seasons with the Pacers, the team decided to close the book on his chapter there and sent Hibbert off to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015.
Unfortunately, he couldn't hit his stride with the Lakers. After notching career-lows across the board, Hibbert attempted to find his rhythm once again the NBA. Therefore, he inked a deal with the Charlotte Hornets. His time with the Hornets wouldn't last long either as they sent Hibbert packing to the Denver Nuggets in 2017.
Once again, the veteran center struggled to get things going. Therefore, the Nuggets renounced their free-agent exception rights for Hibbert, allowing him to be a free agent. After that, the longtime veteran decided to hang it up after playing in the NBA for nine seasons. This year, he will return to the NBA with the Sixers, but for a player development coaching role, per sources.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for South Jersey's 97.3 ESPN. You can follow Justin on Twitter: @JGrasso_