PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that the team has signed forward Alex Poythress for the remainder of the season, pursuant to an extension of the NBA’s roster hardship exception.
The Sixers were previously granted a roster hardship exception on April 1 to sign an additional player to a 10-day contract, at which point the Sixers signed Poythress. Following the expiration of that 10-day contract, the Sixers were granted an extension of the roster hardship exception today to sign an additional player to a rest-of-season contract for the 2016-17 season, which the Sixers used to sign Poythress.
Poythress originally joined the Sixers from the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on April 2. He has appeared in five for the Sixers this season, posting averages of nine points, four rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes per game, while shooting 40% from the field and 38% from three-point range. On April 10, 2017 against the Indiana Pacers, Poythress scored a career-high 15 points, with all five of his field goals coming from beyond the three-point line (also a career-high).
Poythress, a 2017 NBA D-League All Star selection, appeared in 46 games (45 starts) for Ft. Wayne this season, posting averages of 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes per game, while shooting 57% from the field and 40% from beyond the three-point line.
Poythress appeared in 112 career games at the University of Kentucky, finishing his four-year career averaging nine points, five rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes per game, while shooting 55% from the field. He helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament National Finals in 2014.