The Sixers appear to have found a veteran backup point guard.
The team will sign Raul Neto to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, a team source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The deal was first reported by Eric Woodyard of The Deseret News, while Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium first reported the terms of the contract.
A native of Brazil, Raul Neto (pronounced Hah-OOL Nett-oh) has spent his entire four-year NBA career with the Jazz. He was originally selected in the second round by Atlanta but was sent to Utah in a draft-night trade. He was waived by the Jazz earlier this week to make room for Mike Conley. Before coming to the NBA, the 27-year-old played eight professional seasons overseas.
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Neto isn’t the most explosive guard, fitting more into the category of crafty. He’s an excellent passer and his shot has been up and down. While he’s 37.7 percent from three for his career, he’s had two seasons hovering around 40 percent and the other two around 33 percent. He’s also dealt with injuries throughout his time in the league. His lack of elite athleticism and size has hurt him on defense as well.
With the Sixers reportedly losing T.J. McConnell to the Pacers, Neto can provide a steady and calming influence as a floor general off the bench. He’ll likely have to fend off second-year guard Shake Milton for minutes.
With all the reported deals, the Sixers’ roster stands at 13, the minimum amount a team can carry. There are still two regular spots and a two-way spot open. Any move the Sixers make to fill those last two regular spots will likely have to be veteran minimum signings with the team right up against the cap.
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