Philadelphia 76ers Sign A Backup Center

The Philadelphia 76ers were hoping to land a backup center at last week's trade deadline, but it didn't come to pass. Now as the buyout market is upon us, they've make a move, agreeing to sign former Miami Heat center Dewayne Dedmon.

Dedmon was dealt by the Heat to the San Antonio Spurs last week for a second-rounder, but the Spurs had no intention of keeping the center, and waived him two days later. 

The 33-year-old fell out of favor with the Heat earlier this season, partly due to a bizarre incident during play, and a blow-out argument with head coach Erik Spoelstra on the sideline. 

This year, Dedmon was averaging 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game, but had only played in four of the last 21 contests he had spent in Miami.  

In 10 NBA seasons as a backup center, Dedmon has averaged 6.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in about 17 minutes per game.

The Sixers are hoping the 7-footer will provide some relief off the bench for Joel Embiid. 

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