The 76ers welcomed back a familiar face this week in Theo Ratliff. He previously played in Philly from 1997-2001. When second-year man Jason Smith went down with a torn ACL in his left knee last week, the organization needed a big man to fill the void. According to published reports, the 6-foot-10 center/forward signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million. Ratliff foresees a promising 2008-09 season in Philadelphia.
“Playing with a guy like Elton (Brand) and Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller, that’s a great combination,” Ratliff said during his Aug. 21 conference call. “I think that’s going to be one of the big three combinations this year in the league. And a lot of people probably won’t think that. But when you see the numbers that these guys are going to put up this year, it’s going to be really big for them.”