Sixers signing Anthony Tolliver in an attempt to boost bench

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14 January 2012: Minnesota’s Anthony Tolliver in pregame warmups in Atlanta Hawks 93-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.

Looking to solidify the bench unit, Daryl Morey and the Sixers have signed veteran forward Anthony Tolliver to a 10-day contract.

Following the release of Ignas “Iggy” Brazdeikis, it was only a matter of time before Daryl Morey, and the Sixers pounced on adding someone new to replace him. Sixers fans have been anxiously awaiting some sort of final upgrade to the roster following a rather quiet trade deadline, especially when taking into account the team’s overall lack of depth at both power forward and center.

Right on cue, following a rather frustrating loss to a shorthanded Pelicans squad on Friday night, the Sixers have found their final roster member. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have signed veteran forward Anthony Tolliver to a 10-day contract:

At face value, Tolliver is exactly the type of player that the Sixers need in their rotation at the moment. A 6-8, 240lbs power forward who will likely be asked to log some minutes as a small-ball center, Tolliver is a career 37.3% shooter from beyond the arc. In his most recent NBA stint – which was with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2019 – Tolliver actually shot 41.5% from three.

Tolliver will likely immediately replace Mike Scott in the team’s bench rotation and could also see some minutes alongside Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid as Doc Rivers and Co. continue to try and figure out the best way to create space for the two All-Stars. Last night against the big-heavy Pelicans, we saw first-hand just how much work the Sixers need to do in terms of opening up the lane for their main scorers.

Having signed just a 10-day contract, there’s no guarantee that Tolliver will end u sticking around in South Philly. However, if he can come in and outplay the likes of Scott off the bench (not the hardest task to achieve!), it’s likely that Morey would look to sign him for the remainder of the 2021 season.