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76ers sign former Lobo Gordon; Snell, Bairstow in action for Bulls

The Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday announced the signing of former University of New Mexico forward Drew Gordon to its preseason roster.

Gordon, the 6-foot-9, 245-pounder who played for the 76ers NBA Summer League team and led that squad with six rebounds per game, posted on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, “Thankful for the opportunity! Let’s work.”

The 76ers, which now have 20 players on the roster, host the Charlotte Hornets tonight in preseason action. NBA teams have to cut their official rosters to 15 by the start of the season.

“I couldn’t ask for more,” Gordon said in a quote posted on the team’s website. “I know most of the players from summer league and a lot from just growing up and playing against each other.”

OTHER LOBOS: Former Lobo Tony Snell took the ball the length of the floor, drove to the rim for the Chicago Bulls and drew a foul with 1.2 seconds remaining in Tuesday’s preseason road game against the Detroit Pistons. He hit both free throws, forcing overtime, and then hit a 3-pointer early in the extra period before the Pistons pulled away, beating the Bulls 111-109.

Snell finished with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting with four rebounds in 17 minutes played.

Fellow former Lobo Cameron Bairstow played 12 minutes for the Bulls with one point and three rebounds and a pair of assists and at least one charge drawn that caught the eye of longtime Chicago journalist Sam Smith, who now writes for Bulls.com and referenced another former Lobo to point out how rare it has been for Bulls players to draw charges.

Smith posted on Twitter, “Bairstow just slid over to draw charge, breaking tie with fellow Australian Luc Longley in charges taken in team history.”

LOBO LINKS: Geoff Grammer’s blog | Schedule/Results | Roster

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