Sixers’ Trey Burke Arrives, McConnell Officially Departs
The last couple of weeks have been busy for the Philadelphia 76ers. On their quest to find valuable veteran shooters to come off of the bench, they've added two guards to the roster to help contribute for the 2019-2020 season. First, they retained Furkan Korkmaz after letting him hit the market and sign with a team in Turkey.
After inking Korkmaz to a brand new two-year deal, the Sixers wouldn't settle. So late last week, Philly added former first-round pick, Trey Burke into the mix. The signing became official on Tuesday, as the team made the announcement via Twitter. So far though, the terms of the deal have not been released, but the contract is in fact, inked.
Sixers' General Manager Elton Brand released a statement on Tuesday following the announcement of the signing. “Trey’s experience as a ballhandler matched with his scoring ability makes him a good fit for our roster. We’re excited to welcome him to the 76ers and look forward to the positive impact he can have on our team."
Along with the arrival of Burke, the Sixers also had to say goodbye to one of their most prominent faces this week. Former undrafted guard T.J. McConnell spent four years in Philly as one of the lasting faces of the teams' "Process." While McConnell potentially had the opportunity to make it back to the City of Brotherly Love for one more season, the Sixers wouldn't reach an agreement.
Now, McConnell is officially signed on with the Indiana Pacers for the 2019-2020 season. On Tuesday, the Sixers bid farewell to the veteran reserve. On Wednesday, McConnell followed up by bidding a farewell of his own to Philly.
"I can’t put into words how much this city means to me. Four years ago I came into training camp unsure of what to think. I knew there was a lot of competition but was confident I could snag a roster spot. The day I made the team was one of the best days of my life. This city quickly adopted me and accepted me for who I was."
"Being there from the start through two great playoff runs has been one of my greatest blessings. I have met some of my best friends for life here and I will forever be grateful. I will never forget my time in the city of brotherly love. The warmth you have showed my family and I is truly amazing. I love all of you very much. THANK YOU."
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for South Jersey's 97.3 ESPN. You can follow Justin on Twitter: @JGrasso_