Sixers set to sign Blue Coats Darius Bazely to 10-day contract

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 07: Shirts line the seats of the Wells Fargo Center for fans before the Eastern Conference Semifinal Game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on May 07, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

All-Star weekend has come and gone. As the Philadelphia 76ers prepare to make their final push ahead of the postseason, the team has made an addition to their squad. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Sixers are set to sign one of the G League, Darius Bazley, to a 10-day contract.

Bazley previously spent four seasons in the NBA between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns, averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds over the course of his career. After a brief stint with the Brooklyn Nets before the start of the season, Bazley landed with the Sixers’ G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, back in December in a trade with the Wisconsin Herd.

In 18 games played, Bazley has averaged 20.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists and has helped lead the team to a league-best 12-6 record. Best utilized as a small-ball center, Bazley is a capable and energetic defender whose mobility and athleticism have made him a key player in the Blue Coats’ success.

The major knock on Bazley over his career is his lack of shooting range. A career 31 percent shooter from three, Bazley has seen little improvement throughout his career. He’s still just 23 years old, so there is still plenty of time to develop, but for now, he’ll be of far more service defensively to the Sixers.

The Sixers have now filled one of their two remaining roster spots, at least for the next ten days. After that, Philadelphia will have a decision to make around either bringing back Bazley or reinforcements in another form.