Sixers waive Temple's Wyatt, 3 others
The 76ers said goodbye to Khalif Wyatt, Royce White, Vander Blue, and Mac Koshwal on Thursday. The four were waived a day after the team's final preseason game, a 125-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 76ers said goodbye to Khalif Wyatt, Royce White, Vander Blue, and Mac Koshwal on Thursday.
The four were waived a day after the team's final preseason game, a 125-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Sixers' roster now stands at 16 players. NBA teams must trim their rosters to 15 players by 5 p.m. Monday.
White's release was perhaps the biggest surprise.
The power forward, acquired in a July trade with the Houston Rockets, was the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft. He is due to make $1,719,480 this season.
White, 22, averaged 5.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in five preseason appearances with one start.
However, the 6-foot-8, 260-pounder has a fear of flying and an anxiety disorder. That contributed to his missing the Sixers' first two preseason games in Europe. He also drove to Monday's preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio.
His anxiety disorder contributed to his failure to play in the NBA last season.
Wyatt, an undrafted rookie out of Temple, appeared in four of the Sixers' seven preseason games, averaging five points in limited action.
The 6-4, slimmed-down 207-pounder was a standout on the Sixers' team in the Orlando Summer League. He averaged a team-best 13.8 points per game, or an analytic-friendly one point per 1.4 minutes. Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the second overall pick, averaged one point per 1.7 minutes.
Blue is a 6-4 undrafted rookie guard out of Marquette. He averaged 6.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in five preseason appearances.
Koshwal, a power forward/center, signed with the Sixers in late September. The 6-10, 255-pounder had several minor-league stints after declaring for the draft following his junior season at DePaul in 2010.
He averaged just 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in three preseason appearances.
There's a chance that these players could be signed to the Sixers' NBA Development League team, the Delaware 87ers, if they clear waivers.
The Sixers have a "major announcement" planned for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. Former Sixer Allen Iverson is expected to announce his retirement. At 7 p.m., the Sixers will open the regular season against the Miami Heat.