MILWAUKEE - Brett Brown got the extra point guard he coveted as 76ers received a 16th roster spot for hardship relief.

Former Boston Celtics point guard Phil Pressey signed Wednesday before the matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. He was on the bench for the game.

'"You guys are getting a really good young player and a good man," said Aaron Mintz, Presseys' agent.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 assists in 13.9 minutes during the previous two seasons with the Celtics after going undrafted out of Missouri.  After being waived by the Celtics in July, Pressey was unable to stick with the Portland Trail Blazers this preseason.

Brown is familiar with the new addition.

He and Pressey's father, Paul Pressey, were assistant coaches with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999. At the time, Brown also coached the AAU team that included Phil Pressey.

"I know that he can come in and sort of create havoc on the ball defensively," Brown said. "I know that he has a tremendous pace. I know that he's a point guard. And I know that those qualities interest us."

The Sixers only had two healthy point guards: Isaiah Canaan and T.J. McConnell.

The franchise petitioned the NBA for a 16th roster spot for medical reasons after Monday's 107-100 setback to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

They were able to do that because at the time, they had four players out for at least two more weeks after the first three games.

Robert Covington will be sidelined for one to two weeks with a sprained ligament in his right knee. Tony Wroten is out until at least December and Kendall Marshall until at least later this month after suffering anterior cruciate ligament tears in their right knees. Carl Landry will be out until January with a torn ligament in his right wrist. Joel Embiid will miss his second straight season after his second surgery to repair the navicular bone in his right foot.