Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sixers' Brackins signs with Maccabi Ashdod

Sixers F Craig Brackins
By John McMullen

Sixers second-year forward Craig Brackins has signed with Maccabi Ashdod, an Israeli team based in the port city of Ashdod.

"Signed with Maccabi Ashdod!" Brackings wrote on Twitter. "Real excited for this opportunity!"

Brackins appeared in just three games as a rookie for the Sixers in the 2010-11 season after being acquired from New Orleans in the Willie Green trade. He spent much of the year with Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League, where he averaged 20 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Brackins is under contract with the Sixers, meaning his deal with Ashdod will include a clause allowing him to return to Philadelphia once the NBA lockout ends. The No. 21 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft out of Iowa State, Brackins is set to make $1.4 million from the Sixers for the 2011-12 season.

Maccabi Ashdod, which has also signed undrafted Florida free agent Alex Tyus, does not compete in Euroleague or Eurocup and finished sixth in the Super League last season.

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