2024 NBA Draft: Sixers sign Philadelphia native and UDFA Justin Edwards to two-way deal

Now that the 2024 NBA Draft is over, the Sixers are turning their attention to the undrafted free agent market.

The team moved quickly, agreeing to a two-way deal with Philadelphia native and Kentucky product Justin Edwards, a source confirmed to Liberty Ballers. Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report the news.

Edwards was named Pennsylvania’s Mr. Basketball in 2023 after leading Imhotep to a second straight state championship. Joined by Camden’s DJ Wagner, he was part of another impressive recruiting class for Kentucky. The 6-foot-8 wing was a consensus five-star recruit with multiple outlets considering him one of the top three players in the country.

Although Edwards arrived at college with much fanfare, he had an inconsistent season with the Wildcats. In his lone season in Lexington, the 20-year-old Edwards averaged 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game with a shooting split of 48.6/36.5/77.6. He was overshadowed by fifth-year senior Antonio Reeves and two top-10 picks, Reed Sheppard (No. 3 overall, Houston Rockets) and Rob Dillingham (No. 8 overall, Minnesota Timberwolves (via trade )).

With Edwards, the Sixers are getting a long winger with a smooth left-handed shot. He’ll need to work on the rest of his game, but he’s definitely the type of player who deserves a two-way roster spot. This time last year, Daryl Morey and management signed Ricky Council IV and Terquavion Smith as undrafted free agents. Council earned minutes as a rookie, and Smith shined in the G League for the Delaware Blue Coats.

This should add even more intrigue to the Summer League team. Expect Council and Smith to join newcomers Edwards, Jared McCain and Adem Bona in Vegas and Utah.

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