Speights will take the roster spot of Oklahoma City Thunder reserve Byron Mullens, who left the Greek team to return to the United States.
The 6'10, 250-pound Speights never received a major role in the Sixers rotation last season, averaging 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds while backing up the revived Elton Brand. Despite his failure to earn the favor of coach Doug Collins, Speights does have a considerable amount of potential, including a skilled, albeit raw, offensive repertoire.
Speights will join fellow 76ers Darius Songaila, Craig Brackins, Nikola Vucevic and LaVoy Allen overseas as the NBA lockout drags on. Another NBA labor meeting is expected to take place today, the final day the league can resolve the lockout before losing the first two weeks of the regular season, according to David Stern. The biggest issue the two sides need to settle remains the share of Basketball Related Income, but other issues like the luxury tax system are also unsettled.