Philadelphia 76ers Will Face Some Tough Decisions On Cutting Their Roster
The Philadelphia 76ers must cut their roster to 15 players by season start. They currently have 20, with forward Gani Lawal being the latest addition.
Injuries and guaranteed contracts will play a factor by season start on October 30. So far, the main core of players who will remain on the roster are Spencer Hawes, Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Tony Wroten, Arnett Moultrie, Lavoy Allen, Kwame Brown and James Anderson. Everyone else may be expendable, including troubled forward Royce White.
None of the other players who weren’t mentioned are safe considering they are either on partially-guaranteed contracts or will be useless during their time with the Sixers.
White and Tim Ohlbrecht have guaranteed contracts, which will make it interesting to see if the Sixers are willing to buyout their deals. Ohlbrecht’s chances of making the cut are slim considering he was practically given away by the Houston Rockets as a way to rid themselves of White’s headaches as well as bad contracts. He averaged one point and .3 rebounds in three games played last season.
White has a tremendous upside; however, his failure to improve his anxiety disorder and legal problems are hindering his chances. He may remain with them this season because of his upside.
Khalif Wyatt and Darius Morris are the other players not mentioned who have a high chance. Both players have upsides that can give the Sixers scoring and playmaking off the bench. They will be relied heavily this season due to the surmounting injuries and the lack of a backup to starting rookie point guard, Carter-Williams. Wyatt is a local star and current A-10 player of the year who did well in the Summer League, and Morris didn’t get many opportunities with the Los Angeles Lakers when they had an All-Star lineup.
Expect cuts to be made after their first exhibition game in Spain.