The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly in the process of signing veteran small forward Haywood Highsmith to a 10 coin deal, according to the Italian Club Vanoli Cremona.
Highsmith is no stranger to the Sixers organization. After going undrafted in 2018, the former Wheeling Cardinal signed a deal with Sixers G League affiliate the Delaware Blue Coats.
During the 2018 season, Highsmith started in 42 of 46 games. He averaged 12 points per game while reversing 43% of his shots from the field and 34% of his three-point attempts.
That same year, Highsmith got a small promotion. After spending a lot of time in the G League with the Blue Coats, Highsmith landed a bilateral deal with the Sixers in January of the 2018-19 NBA season.
When he signed his first bilateral deal with the Sixers, Highsmith made his NBA debut. In his only season with the Sixers, Highsmith appeared in just five games. Coming off the bench, he spent an average of eight minutes on the ground. Highsmith scored 1.8 points per game during that five-game stretch, shooting 40% from the field and 20% from beyond the arc.
At the end of the season, the Sixers gave up on Highsmith. In the 2019 offseason, the NBA veteran was set to land a 10 room contract with the Phoenix Suns. However, that would have failed. As Highsmith was unable to find a new location, he made his return to the Delaware Blue Coats for the 2019-20 season.
Although Highsmith has become a familiar face for the Blue Coats, he didn’t play with them in the G League bubble last season. Instead, he played with the Crailsheim Merlins of the Bundesliga basketball league in Germany.
This year, Highsmith was supposed to play with Vanoli Cremona of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A after he signed a contract with them last month. However, Highsmith had a clause on his contract that would allow him to return to the NBA if the opportunity arose. While the Sixers have yet to officially confirm the signing, it looks like Highsmith is heading towards a return to Philly for training camp.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.