Theo Ratliff Will Be Back Swatting Flies Away From The Net

21 Aug

This time it’s from the bench though:

Theo Ratliff, passing on more lucrative offers from two other teams, has rejoined the 76ers, signing a 1-year contract.

Ratliff accepted the veterans’ minimum for players with at least 10 seasons of experience, meaning he will be paid $1,262,275, with a portion of that coming from an NBA pool.

“He is a consummate professional, both on the court and off, who will provide us with additional depth in the frontcourt while also serving as a mentor to some of our younger players,” Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski said in a statement.

The Sixers initially reached out to Ratliff, 35, after second-year big man Jason Smith went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a league-sanctioned skills camp in Las Vegas.

IS ANYONE ELSE AS PUMPED AS ME?!  Sure, he’s not Theo Ratliff circa 2000-2001 when the Sixers were 41-14 before he was injured and traded.  I doubt he’ll swat damn near 4 shots a game, or bring down 8 rebounds off the glass, but he’ll bring some good depth to the team behind Sammy Dalembert.  He was one of my all-time favorite Sixers for what he brought to the defensive end of the court and also because of his amazing hops.  He’s one of the best shot-blockers of all-time (literally, 18th on the all-time list and he’s been hurt a lot and has been a bench player for three years now).  What can go wrong other than Father Time having his say and letting us all know that maybe Ratliff has just gotten old.


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