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Mike Scott pledges love for Sixers, says Philly is the place he wanted to be

Mike Scott, Sixers

Mike Scott and the Philadelphia 76ers are a match made in basketball heaven, at least according to the veteran forward himself.

Scott, who was traded to the Sixers from Los Angeles Clippers last July, told Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times that the City of Brotherly Love was the place that he always wanted to be.

Scott appeared in 27 regular-season games and 10 playoff contests for Philly before becoming a free agent at the end of June. It was uncertain whether general manager Elton Brand and the front office would bring him back back, but the Sixers ultimately signed the 31-year-old power forward to a two-year contract worth south of $10 million.

The Sixers are trying to build a long-term and sustainable contender in the Eastern Conference, especially after two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard left the reigning champs Toronto Raptors for the Clippers. With Leonard’s departure, many around the NBA view Philadelphia and the Milwaukee Bucks as the two top teams to take over the conference.

Headlined by All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, as well as max-contract player Tobias Harris, the Sixers have the tools to dominate in the conference. While Scott is not the game-changing player like Simmons and Embiid, he remains a solid veteran who can spread the floor and score.