CLEVELAND - Daniel Orton's tenure with the 76ers was short-lived.

The team released the reserve center on Tuesday, less than three months after signing him to a multiyear, non-guaranteed contract. The move came less than an hour before the contract-guarantee deadline. NBA teams had until 5 p.m. to make decisions regarding the contracts of players in non-guaranteed deals.

Hollis Thompson, Brandon Davies, Lorenzo Brown, and Elliot Williams survived the deadline and had their deals guaranteed through the rest of the season.

Orton flew to Cleveland with the Sixers for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. He attended Tuesday's team meeting.

"The program is at a stage to where we are trying to identify people to move forward with," coach Brett Brown said. "We felt like we had a fair enough time to make a judgment on Daniel in relation to: Is he going to fit in for the long term? He's a really good player."

Brown noted that reserve power forward/center Arnett Moultrie will return from an ankle injury in a few games. He also pointed out that the Sixers have an up-tempo style of play. The 6-foot-10, 275-pound Orton is better-suited in a half-court set.

"At this stage, we decided it was best to let him go and find other opportunities as well," Brown said.

Orton started four games and played in 22 this season. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. Orton posted season highs of 10 points and 11 rebounds when he started in place of Spencer Hawes at Indiana on Nov. 23.

He signed with the Sixers on Oct. 16, a week after he was released by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Orton was the 29th overall pick by the Orlando Magic in 2010 after his freshman season at Kentucky.

With this departure, the Sixers' roster stands at 14 players, one below the limit.

Interest in Ebanks?

A source said not to read "too much into" the Sixers' scheduled meeting with Texas Legends swingman Devin Ebanks at the NBA Development League Showcase in Reno, Nev. The showcase runs through Thursday.

Ebanks is an intriguing talent. The 6-foot-9, 215-pounder averages 24.5 points and 9.7 rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate.

He spent three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers before signing with the Mavericks in the offseason. Ebanks played in college at West Virginia.