Sixers’ Matisse Thybulle extends contract?

A league source confirmed the 76ers and Matisse Thybulle’s reps have had brief talks about a possible contract extension for the rookie-scale guard.

The deadline for an agreement ends on Monday at 6:00 p.m. Thybulle would become a restricted free agent if no agreement is reached.

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The Sixers acquired the 25-year-old in a trade with the Boston Celtics during the 2019 draft. Boston selected Thybulle with the 20th pick and sent him in the second round in exchange for the Sixers’ 24th pick and 33rd overall pick to Philly.

In his three seasons, Thybulle has established himself as one of the league’s elite defenders.

Last season, he was an NBA All-Defensive second-team pick for the second straight year. Not bad for someone who took an average of 25.5 minutes.

Thybulle was fourth in the league with 1.7 steals per game. He also averaged 1.1 blocks. He was the first non-full-time starter to make an all-defensive team in consecutive seasons since Nate McMillan in 1994 and 1995.

In search of more all-rounders, Thybulle worked to be a better offensive player this offseason and showed improvements as the preseason progressed.

In his first two exhibition games, he shot 2-for-8, including 1 of 6 three-pointers. Thybulle continued this by shooting 5-for-8 (3 of 5 to 3) in the last two preseason contests.

He is eligible for a maximum extension of five years and $188 million.

The Sixers converted rookie Michael Foster’s deal with Exhibit 10 to a two-way contract. To make room, the Sixers gave up two-way player Charlie Brown.

Two-way contracts allow teams to promote two additional players in addition to the 15 in their regular season roster. These players generally shuttle back and forth between the NBA and the G League. However, they remain under the control of the NBA team and cannot be picked up by other NBA franchises.

Rookie Julian Champagnie is the Sixers’ other two-way player.

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After failing to be called up in June, Foster signed a contract with the Sixers in July. The 6-foot-9 power forward spent last season with the G League Ignite, averaging 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 25 appearances.

The Milwaukee native was one of the top high school players in the class of 2021. ESPN ranked him the seventh best college prospect in the class. During his senior season at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, he averaged 32.2 points, 18.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

The Sixers have 14 players on their regular roster. This gives them the flexibility to add a player later in the season.

“We think there are a lot of people out there that could become available,” Doc Rivers said. “We wanted to make sure we had a place.”

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