The Sixers are about to sign swingman Rodney Carney to the fourth-year guaranteed minimum of $855,189, which would give them 13 players under contract.
Carney, 25, is expected to compete for minutes at shooting guard/small forward. Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Willie Green and Jason Kapono are the Sixers' other wing players. He had hoped to receive more than the minimum, but was unable to find a team willing to give it to him in this economy.
The 6-foot-6 Carney, who played his college ball at Memphis, spent his first two pro seasons with the Sixers after they traded No. 13 pick Thabo Sefolosha to the Bulls for the 16th selection (Carney) and a 2007 second-rounder on 2006 draft night. The Sixers dealt Carney and journeyman Calvin Booth -- along with a first-rounder -- to the Timberwolves in a July 9, 2008, salary dump to create enough cap space to enable them to sign free agent Elton Brand to a five-year, $82 million contract.
Last season, the athletic Carney, who made $1,655,760 in 2008-09, averaged a career-high 7.2 points in 17.9 minutes with Minnesota, which declined to pick up his fourth-year option. His career numbers are 6.5 points, 42.8 percent shooting and 34.0 percent from 3-point land in 204 games.
This is disappointing news for the Timberwolves if this is true. He would have really helped us out at the wing and get David Kahn's "run-and-gun" style going. Carney, who improved a lot in Minnesota, is coming back to Philly with his speed, his dunks, and his shot. He is coming off a great season and, if this is true, I'm wishing him good luck with the Sixers.