PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia 76ers made a move shortly after the trade deadline when they went out and signed veteran Dewayne Dedmon off the buyout market. The veteran out of USC has played 30 games for the Miami Heat thus far on the season, but he has yet to make his debut for the Sixers.
Dedmon will miss his second straight game on Saturday due to left hip tightness when Philadelphia takes on the Boston Celtics. The veteran big man is 33 years old and Paul Reed has been playing well so this is one of those injuries where the Sixers are looking to take things slow.
When asked if the hip tightness is more of a day-to-day thing, coach Doc Rivers offered up that he’s hoping that it is that way.
“Yeah, I hope,” he said. “Obviously, we just signed him so that would not be good if it was something that–it doesn’t seem like that serious, but we’re gonna keep him out for another couple of games, probably, and then he’ll be back on the floor.”
The Sixers will continue to lean on Reed in order to hold down the backup center until Dedmon can return from the injury. When the veteran is ready to make his debut, then one has to wonder they will work him in slowly.